News 2020

Above: West Derby station on the Liverpool Loop Line of the former Cheshire Lines Committee. The former railway is now a popular cycle trail, with the route running along the southbound platform seen here on the right. The trail – still called the Liverpool Loop Line and now part of NCN62 – runs from Halewood […]

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News 2019

Above: A typical Great Central Railway girder bridge carries the old GCR main line over the Midland Railway just south of Beighton Junction in South Yorkshire (east of Sheffield). This bridge has been sealed off, which is not surprising given that it has no deck, and an operational freight line passes below; the photograph was […]

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News 2018

Above: This sylvan scene depicts the crossing of two railways near Port Penrhyn, Bangor: one remains in use while the other is now a multi-use trail. The viaduct carries the LNWR’s still operational Chester-Holyhead line, while the trackbed below – once part of the Penrhyn Railway – now serves walkers, cyclists, etc. The Penrhyn Railway […]

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News 2017

Above: One of the many abandoned engine houses on the east side of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, with the trackbed of the Liskeard & Caradon Railway clearly visible in the foreground. This part of the moor a treasure trove for railway ramblers and industrial archaeologists: the engine houses run into double figures, and a high proportion […]

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News 2013

Above: A steam-hauled passenger working in Sichuan Province, China. We realise that this photograph is not representative of a railway walk, but thought that members might enjoy seeing anywhere in the spring as we in the UK slosh through a winter that Neptune would be proud to call his own. The photographer supplied these comments […]

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News 2012

Above: The crossing keeper’s cottage at Leasey Bridge Level Crossing on the former GNR line from Hatfield to Dunstable via Welwyn Garden City, Wheathampstead, Harpenden and Luton. The level crossing is situated between Wheathampstead and Harpenden, and marks the point where a new section of rail trail regains the trackbed, which has been used for […]

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News 2011

Above: On 16th October 2010, members of the club’s Southern Area walked along part of the former Test Valley line between Stockbridge and Mottisfont, taking lunch at the John of Gaunt Inn (formerly The Railway Inn) at the intermediate village of Horsebridge. While there, members were lucky enough to see this fine Marshall traction engine […]

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News 2010

Above: The neat little station at Fort Brockhurst on the former LSWR branch from Fareham to Gosport was up for sale in June 2009, which explains why the ground floor windows had all been boarded up. Until the final freight-only years under BR, the branch was double track throughout; this is the up platform, with […]

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News 2009

Above: A small viaduct on the LNWR’s former Heads of the Valley line crosses a gully in the Clydach Gorge, seen here in October 2008. The terrain that the railway builders were up against here could hardly have been more demanding. Between Llanfoist, just west of Abergavenny, and Brynmawr, this old line now forms part […]

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News 2008

Above: This beautiful photograph by Graham Rains makes it obvious why railway enthusiasts, holidaymakers and casual passengers alike fell in love with the scenery beyond the carriage window when they travelled on the former Somerset & Dorset Railway. This view is taken from near Gains Cross, south of Shillingstone, and shows a permissive section of […]

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News 2007

Above: That’s the way to do it! Just over two years ago, this site at Peasmarsh, Surrey, was a tangled mass of vegetation with empty brick abutments standing either side of the River Wey where once a railway bridge had carried the former branch line from Christ’s Hospital on towards Guildford. Just look at the […]

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News 2006

Above: Just to prove that members do occasionally get out on to an operational railway, this is a picture of members from the Yorkshire Area enjoying a brake van trip on the Bowes Railway – the only railway in the country which features an operational rope-hauled incline. Unfortunately, the future of the Bowes Railway is […]

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News 2005

Above: The rusting clock at Carron station on Speyside, frozen in time, calls to mind Rupert Brooke’s famous poem, ‘Grantchester’, which asks if the church clock still stands at ten to three. For how many years has this Victorian timepiece shown twenty past four? Normally, photographs in our ‘News’ pages illustrate a story, but this […]

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News 2003

Above: The club sometimes uses preserved buses to provide transport for members, especially as an easy way of linking short sections of railway path that are not worth a visit in their own right. This is ex London Transport RF single decker MXX 481, seen at Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. When the photograph was taken, […]

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News 2001

Above: View across Meldon Viaduct, Devon, in July 2000. This viaduct, near Okehampton, has recently been restored for public access and carries a new cycle trail which will link Okehampton and Tavistock within the next few years. For further details, see entry for February 2001. (Richard Martin) December 2001. How about some more pictures for […]

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News 2000

Above: A party of ramblers from the club’s Yorkshire group cross the valley of the River Belah, once spanned by a massive viaduct on the Stainmore route between Barnard Castle and Kirby Stephen. Two stone abutments are all that remains of this structure. (Look for the vertical edges on the skyline to the left and […]

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