A private tour of Catesby Tunnel by RR took place on 9th October.
A brief summary of the programme
HRE Group highlighting concerns over plans to bury a historic bridge in a thousand tonnes of aggregate and concrete, blocking a wildlife corridor.
Another new series presented by Rob Bell, this time concentrating on Yorkshire lines
RR Chairman Mark Jones makes presentation
HRE Group highlighting concerns over the infill of a historic railway bridge within a conservation area
Link to BBC article with comments from Jeff Vinter and Mark Jones
We quickly need to identify all proposed projects which are reliant on the retention of any of the 102 structures on the National Highways list which are ‘on pause’ but threatened with infilling.
The post includes analysis by Jeff Vinter and Mark Jones
HRE Group highlighting concerns that infilling work is expected to resume in the autumn.
A brief summary of the latest HE position and what it may mean
Mark’s visit to the west of Ireland is reported in the local paper!
Final details for RR Members of the AGM in Winchester
A fortnight after the announcement that the infilling programme would be ‘paused’ (i.e. not stopped), The HRE Group identifies more imminent infillings
Read Jonathan’s Daily Blog of railway interest en route
Encouraging news as the Government published a progress report, Gear Change: One Year On, which reviews efforts to encourage and facilitate safe walking and cycling.
It is being widely reported that Boris Johnson has intervened to halt the plans to fill in dozens of Victorian railway crossings with concrete
Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust (DHBT) are hosting a series of free tours of Wingfield Station where you can visit inside the station and learn about the restoration project.
Press Release from HRE Group regarding Highways England’s infilling and demolition of historic railway structures
Brian George, an RR member, reviews the New DVD detailing the branch lines of East Devon.
There is now a parliamentary petition to stop the destruction of the Heritage Railway Estate by Highways England which, if enough people sign, will result in a debate in parliament – so really could make a difference.
The HRE Group has had great success gaining further publicity and raising awareness of the destruction/infilling activities of Highway England in the mainstream media this week.
The contract for the new decking to go on Bennerley Viaduct has been signed
Rachel, a member living in Lincolnshire, describes her experience of RR – and asks if there is more we can do?
A summary of the latest situation and photographs as infill work progresses
Article updated with council’s response to HRE intention to infill the bridge and a follow up letter from the HRE Group to the Chair of the Transport Committee
Transport for Wales (TfW) have published a blog of former rail routes. Our own Chris Parker is one of the guest contributors
There is a group planning to establish the former Kingham to Bourton rail track as a recreational trail.
An interesting link that brings news of a possible development to the Lichfield – Brownhills mothballed line.
Jeff Vinter has written the fifth in his series of newsletters with a selection of articles originally issued to South Western Area members titled ‘My Blossoms’ which he is happy to share with all RR members
The HRE Group in The Times, letter to the Transport Committee and new booklet on HRE
Attached is the tale of how creating a new railway path isn’t so straightforward.
Whitby Gazette reports that Sustrans and the North York Moors National Park are looking at the feasibility of opening them up to walkers and cyclists.
Arising from a challenge set by member Michael Ross in one of Jeff Vinter’s SW newsletters, Yorkshire Branch member Bill Jagger has come up with these 3-letter station names. Jane Ellis wonders if any members can recall any more?
**Now with pictures. Access to the spectacular Devil’s Gulch, close to the Pen y Garreg Reservoir in the gorgeous Elan Valley, has been prohibited since November 2018 due to rockfall which made it impassable
The latest press release from the HRE Group
The Charity seeks a Treasurer and an Ecologist.
Jeff Vinter has written a selection of articles titled ‘The March Lockdown’.
RR stalwart Jeff Vinter has kindly shared a video presentation of a talk that he gave to Tiverton U3A’s Railway Group on 26th February
The latest press release from the HRE Group
The Sping 2021 edition of the Club Magazine – Railway Ramblings – is soon to be sent to members. Join Railway Ramblers now to receive your copy. Membership is just £10 per year!
They are in need of UK-wide intelligence of proposed and planned cycle and walking paths around the country that might be threatened by the proposed HRE infilling and demolition.
Jeff Vinter has written a selection of articles titled ‘The January Lockdown’.
Database is now available on the Branch Line Society Website.
An update from the trustees
A short video highlighting the HRE Group campaign to preserve our railway heritage
Could be useful to walk organisers
The Rail to Trail project is a group committed to transforming disused railways into 21st century travel networks in Somerset