Stagecoach poised to become
Speculation is growing that
Stagecoach could become
saddled by debt and about to relinquish its East Coast franchise to the
government, appears likely to accept a £765m takeover. If it goes ahead, it is thought that the company will be
broken up, and its rail franchises, including NXEA, will be sold on to
Stagecoach, which already operates the East Midlands Trains franchise,
March to get rail recycling centre
Network Rail’s plans to build a national rail recycling centre at its Whitemoor Yard in March have been approved by Cambridgeshire County Council. The centre will save over 50,000 tonnes of materials going to landfill every year, removing thousands of lorry journeys and providing a source of aggregate for Cambridgeshire’s construction industry.
by the LNER in 1929, Whitemoor marshalling yard was
once among the biggest and busiest in
‘The last 90’ arrives – but lets down City fans
Last of the 50-strong Class 90 fleet to be logged powering a GEML passenger train, no. 90026 made its much-awaited debut on Saturday August 15 on the 05:30 Norwich – Liverpool Street and the 08:00 return.
three days later passengers travelling to
Hitchin flyover to
Fen Line trains between King's Lynn and London will see fewer delays if a £60m plan to build a new embankment and flyover near Hitchin receive Department of Transport approval.
flyover, which could be in use by 2014, would lift the Hitchin –
DRS locos and wagons arrive for leaf-fall duties
September 23 DRS locos nos.37087 and 37501 appeared at Stowmarket
with a supply of Railhead Treatment Train wagons from
wagons were joined on October 6 by a superpower convoy of locomotives which had
Time for tea at West Runton
We need a guarantee on Beccles loop, says ESTA
NRS Newsletter reported in the last issue that NXEA's
plans to introduce extra capacity, and thus comply with the DfT’s
High Level Output Specification, mean that current
East Suffolk Travellers' Association is most reluctant to see through
Commuter relief as ASLEF calls off September strike
On August 13, the ASLEF, RMT and TSSA unions suspended the series of crippling 48-hour strikes which had all but wiped out NXEA services, after the company offered an improved pay deal. However ASLEF then rejected the deal, and called a six-day-long strike beginning on Monday September 21. Further rounds of talks reached agreement and the strike was officially called off.
New station pencilled in at Chesterton
As part of a £500m bid to overhaul
The station, at Chesterton Junction where the line to Ely and Kings Lynn was joined by the St Ives branch (now taken over by the busway), would form part of a Network Rail scheme to remodel Cambridge, which might become 'Cambridge Central'.
a recent survey
Miles, National Express East Anglia’s station manager at
Crossing more safely at Downham Market
Network Rail has submitted a planning application to build a footbridge at Downham Market station. The lack of a physical barrier at the level crossing means that pedestrians frequently ignore the red light and cross the tracks when it is not safe to do so. A new footbridge would enable NR to close the current barrow crossing, one of the highest risk crossings on the rail network, and provide safe access for rail users between up and down platforms. If the planning application is passed, the footbridge will be in use by summer 2011.
improvement work is to take place between
Lowestoft and Oulton Broad South slated by MP
MP Bob Blizzard has written to Iain Coucher, CEO of
Network Rail, asking him to improve the condition of the areas just outside
station limits at
Felixstowe record for GBRf
GBRf moved a record number of 2,140 containers at the
Cheaper weekend trips to London
a trial during the summer, First Capital Connect is making its Super-Off Peak
Day Return to
A brighter future for March station
Just two of the platforms at March are today in regular use by passenger trains. The newly-formed Friends of March Railway Station are working in partnership with Network Rail, NXEA and Fenland District Council to revive the whole station, including the centre platform's buildings. The group, which has no subscription and is totally voluntary, plans to open the rooms for public use, maybe creating a small museum or gallery.
The group works at the station for about three hours on a Saturday every couple of months, tidying the platform areas and the old Spalding trackbed. The work completed so far has received appreciative comments from the public and the railway industry. More details from Jeanette Milner (tel. 01354 602134).
August 12 a woman standing on the up platform at Attleborough
station died after she was struck by EMT unit no. 158854 forming the
man’s body was discovered lying near the A1122 level crossing near Downham Market early in the morning of August 18. The
man appeared to have been struck by a down e.c.s.
working. Shuttle buses ran between
Heritage, Narrow-gauge and Miniature
Oliver Cromwell to celebrate reopened Sheringham crossing
Board of the North Norfolk Railway has formally agreed to reinstate
returning to Sheringham, passengers will change
over. Due to restrictions on the Bittern Line, each passenger can only
make only one 'steam journey' between
Sheringham, EDF is expected to move electricity
cables in October. The remaining work should begin at the end of January,
Setback for WWLR's new Garratt
and funding changes at
‘A wonderful project’ – judge’s verdict at Thuxton
The first brick of Thuxton signal box’s outer wall was laid by Judge Peter Jacobs on August 29. The box forms part of a project to install a passing loop and rebuild the station’s up platform, enabling the Mid-Norfolk Railway to run hourly departures in each direction when required. Leading the building team is Bill Collins, who bought the remnants of the ex-GER East Winch signal box on eBay. Much of the dismantled box, including roof slates, chimney, ridge tiles and woodwork, is being re-used on the Thuxton project.
Judge Jacobs arrived at Thuxton on a MNR train. He said: ‘It is a wonderful project and I am very impressed by how hard the volunteers work. This is part of our heritage and it is vital we keep this alive.’
For the latest news about the project see www.thuxtonloop.org.uk
'Under new ownership' Royal Scot scuppers Bressingham's loco weekend
Trustees of Bressingham Steam Museum have decided to
separate its ex-LMS
Falmouth no. 3 takes over at Brockford
new saddle tank has arrived at the
North Norfolk Railway's Mixed Traction Weekend on October 3 and 4 saw vintage
diesel locos sharing the spotlight with historic steam engines, including GWR
One highlight of the event was the NNR's first-ever curry dining train on Saturday October 3, with Indian cuisine provided by Aylsham’s 'Gate of India' restaurant.
Pannier forges north to Hoe
The Mid Norfolk Railway's yet-to-open northern section has had a surprise visitor in the shape of BRW 0-6-0PT no. 9466. On August 30, just before the end of its spell at the MNR, the pannier tank took a short demonstration freight working as far as Hoe, where it was greeted by over a dozen people.
MNR volunteer co-ordinator Matt Goodrum wonders when last a steam loco was at Hoe, and what it was.
MSLR pleased with rolling stock progress
Carriage No.13 with its first class saloon has been completed and is in service, while good progress is being made on GER No. 140. The 'Loco Coal' wagon has been completed, restoration of a GER 5-plank open is under way and work is about to recommence on the the 1869 GER horse box. A second GER 10-ton steel-framed van has been delivered and is to be brought back to authentic GER condition. Leasing 'the Works' has allowed rolling stock restoration to continue in all weather conditions.
Ground frames and interlocking pointwork have been installed in the station area, while at the far end of the track the 'copse siding' has been completed in readiness for the Santa Specials.
Could 92 Squadron have a new owner?
In May 2008, some three years after arriving at the North Norfolk Railway, ‘Battle of Britain’ pacific no. 34081 92 Squadron failed its boiler exam. Since then it has been out of traffic awaiting a full overhaul and a new boiler certificate. Owning group The Battle of Britain Locomotive Society has applied for a Heritage Lottery Grant, putting the repair programme on hold until the application has been considered.
Although the BoBLS has received offers for the loco, it has so far declined to accept any, preferring to carry out the overhaul itself and retain ownership. However, should the grant application fail, proposals regarding returning no.34081 to traffic might receive a readier welcome. For the moment, though, the BoBLS is continuing its fund raising with the aim of beginning the overhaul.
Away from the Tracks
Wroxham signalbox project launched
The project to restore Wroxham's ex-GER signalbox and transform it into a museum has been launched.
On September 30 invited representatives of local organisations learnt about plans to refurbish the Grade II-listed box and reopen it so that people can appreciate its former role. Redundant since 2000, the box contains its original 50-lever frame. In 2007 it was moved several feet away from the running line to improve drivers' view of a colour-light signal.
The Wroxham Signalbox Trust leases the box and surrounding land from Network Rail. Chairman of the Trust, Peter Bower, told the gathering that restoration work is expected to cost £40,000. He thanked the Railway Heritage Trust which has agreed to fund part of the project.
Marriott's Way bridge closure
The old M&GN bridge at Hellesdon which carries the Marriott's Way walking and cycle route across the River Wensum has been closed for up to 13 weeks so that it can undergo major maintenance work.
bridge, often described as 'A-Frame', is 4.3m
wide and crosses the river in a single 23.8m span. Norfolk County Council
is spending £230,000 to improve it and extend its life. The metalwork will be
repainted, a new non-slip concrete deck fitted, and a new parapet fence
erected. Three years ago a survey found that 345 cyclists used the
traffic-free path into
Decision time for Vauxhall bridge
It was once busy with wagons trundling to and from the quayside, but for years the railway bridge over the River Bure at Yarmouth Vauxhall has been reduced to a pedestrian route from the station (and latterly, Asda) to North Quay and the town centre.
Now Norfolk County Council is to look at different options for the semi-derelict bridge's future. Possible options include: demolition and replacement with a new bridge; creating a new cycle bridge through the structure; and complete refurbishment, possibly to carry public transport. Sustrans, the cycleways charity is to be consulted, as will urban regeneration company 1st East and borough council planning officers. A decision is likely to be taken early next year.