India: Northern Railways restores steam engines to give tourism a boost

  • Posted On: 24 July 2018
Steam engine WG 10253 built in 1955 by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works was on display at Bhusawal railway station. After restoring and making it functional, railway authorities are planning to run it for tourist service. The steam engine WG 10253 last saw service in 1992 and it will be nearly 26 years after which its firebox will be lit again in next two to three months.

NZ:Lumsden Heritage Trust gets grant for preservation of heritage carriage

  • Posted On: 24 July 2018
A 120-year-old Lumsden railway carriage will be future-proofed thanks to a $62,000 grant. The Lumsden Heritage Trust has been granted $62,252 for the restoration and preservation of the town's heritage carriage. The funding will allow the development of a purpose-built canopy to protect Lumsden's A Class 1896 railway carriage. Staff from Venture Southland helped to prepare the...

Good News for the Aln Valley Railway

  • Posted On: 24 July 2018
Grant funding of £146,000 paves way for extension of line. The Aln Valley Railway is delighted to announce it has been successful in the application for a grant to construct a platform halt and run-round loop at Greenrigg, approximately half of the way towards its ultimate goal of reaching Alnmouth station. The grant awarded, together with 20% match funding from the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, amounts to £146,600.

Steam locomotive declared one of the oldest in the world

  • Posted On: 24 July 2018
In a recent announcement, a steam locomotive has been declared one of the oldest in the world after researchers discovered it was built 10 years earlier than originally thought. The George Stephenson-built Killingworth Billy was believed to have been constructed in 1826.However, a new investigation of the engine, on show at North Shields Stephenson Railway Museum, suggests it was constructed in 1816.That would make it the third-oldest surviving locomotive in the world. It would also be the...

Stephenson's Rocket is en route back to Newcastle - here's when to can see it

  • Posted On: 24 July 2018
Famous Rocket moves for first time in 156 years as it heads home from London to star in The Great Exhibition of the North. The iconic Stephenson Rocket has been in motion for the first time in almost 160 years. The Tyneside-built locomotion has now moved from its spot in The Science Museum in London - where it has been on almost continuous display since 1862 - in readiness to embark upon a journey back home. It will be proudly displayed in Discovery Museum , a fitting location given the...