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DMU shortage brings TnT
NXEA became so short of working dmus
in February that it introduced an ad-hoc loco-hauled set. Out-of-service
units included nos. 156416 (undergoing repairs); 170202 (stopped after a fatal
incident at Swainsthorpe on February 1); 153335
(awaiting transfer to Tyseley for C4 overhaul; and
170205 (undergoing a scheduled engine change).
As a result a Mon-Fri loco-hauled diagram between
Defective coach plays havoc with Nenta
Passengers on Nenta Traintours' excursion on December 5 had their patience
tested after a defective coach had to be removed, delaying the departure from
The Yorkshire Christmas Festivities excursion started from
While participants were enjoying
Ring out the old bridge, ring in the new
Engineering work over the Christmas and New Year period
caused considerable disruption to the
One major project, accomplished in just 72 hours, was
the removal and replacement of the bridge carrying the railway over
Elsewhere on the GEML buses replaced trains between Ingatestone and
Improvements to Greater
Longer trains, station enhancements, better security: these
are some of the improvements which passengers in
The Invitation to Tender will be issued this summer.
•Options for faster
•Improving the performance and reliability of long distance
•Increasing the number of ticket machines
•Minimum standards for catering on InterCity trains
•Making smartcards available across the franchise
•Better CCTV coverage at stations
•All new rolling stock to have CCTV
•Setting targets on environmental performance
•Tackling fare dodging
•Increasing car parking and cycle storage facilities
•Providing more modern passenger information facilities on
platforms and on trains
•Making the operator set National Passenger Survey targets
for trains, stations and customer service.
Motorist injured in Tunstead level crossing collision
A 25-year-old car driver was seriously injured after he hit
a Class 156 dmu at the half-barrier Tunstead level crossing north of Wroxham.
The collision happened on December 10. The
train involved, the
The damaged dmu travelled to Wolverton Works for repairs on January 8, forming an ecs movement with classmate no. 156412 which then continued
to Tyseley for a C4 overhaul.
Class 365 – by Royal appointment
For her Christmas break at
She travelled to
If Lowestoft station were to be moved 450m up the line from
its present site, 21% of existing users would use the trains less often if at
all, and just 3% of passengers might travel more. Four out of five
passengers want the station to stay where it is. These were key findings
of a survey carried out by the East Suffolk Travellers' Association in 2009.
The survey results are contained in a 40-page report which
ESTA has sent to the regeneration company 1st East, local
councils, the train operator, Network Rail and politicians.
Last-minute pleas by the Fen Line Users' Association to
Transport Secretary Lord Adonis failed to stop British Rail (Residuary) Ltd
selling the land used as the overspill car park for
Neal Lawson to head up FCC
To replace Elaine Holt, who left to head the state-owned
East Coast rail company, First Capital Connect has appointed Neal Lawson as
Managing Director. Neal has 25 years of rail experience, both in the
Platform clean-up at Beccles
Network Rail has called for volunteers to restore Beccles station to its former glory before the passing loop
is laid in 2012. Once trains begin using the loop, the disused island platform
will also return to use, and it needs vegetation to be cleared and flower beds
replanted. Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Beccles Town Council on 01502 712109.
Meanwhile, both the Ingate and
Rail ASBO for
In an unusual judgment, a
New footbridge plan for Downham
Network Rail has submitted a revised planning application to
build a footbridge at Downham Market station. An
application was lodged with Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Council in August, but
it was withdrawn after the design of the footbridge attracted criticism (NRS Newsletter
Nov/Dec 2009). Now English Heritage has suggested some amendments which
would lessen its impact.
A footbridge would enable NR to close the current
barrow crossing, described as one of the highest risk crossings on the rail
Heritage, Narrow-gauge and Miniature
Pete Waterman to open Sheringham crossing
Work on linking the North Norfolk Railway with the national
network began in January, when Poppy Line volunteers started to lay track
across the footpath on Otterndorf Green and install a
footway level crossing.
The crossing will be ceremonially reopened on
Thursday March 11, at around 14.00. The NNR has secured well-known
enthusiast Pete Waterman OBE to perform the opening ceremony ceremony, when the first passenger train to cross the road
will be a Railway Touring Co. special from
The reopening will be followed by a Steam Gala on
March 12-14. The Gresley Society's condensing
tank, N2 class 0-6-2T no. 1744, which was a popular visitor in 2009, is set to
make a return for that event. With the M&GNJRS's
Between May and September ex-LMS 'Black 5' no.
44767 George Stephenson will be a guest on the NNR.
Sirapite steams again
For the first time in around 45 years, Aveling
& Porter 0-4-0WT Sirapite has moved
under its own steam at Leiston.
Built in 1906, the unusual geared loco was used by Leiston firm Richard Garrett and Sons until 1966 to convey
goods and materials between its works and the nearby station. In a
four-year project, the Trustees of the
Sirapite's public launch will come
on Saturday March 27 as part of the
'Mail by Rail' at Bressingham
From April the main exhibition hall at Bressingham
is to feature a 'Mail by Rail' display. Accompanied by a continuous
showing of the classic film Night Mail, the impressive centrepiece
will be a LNWR Travelling Post Office carriage.
The carriage, which belongs to the British Postal Museum
& Archive, was built at Wolverton in the early
years of the 20th century. It was used for the 'day up' and 'night down'
between Euston and Holyhead until at least 1940. Restored with funding
from Royal Mail, it has been on display at Crewe Heritage Centre since 2007.
David Madden, Collections Manager, told the
NRS Newsletter that he anticipates 'Mail by Rail' staying at Bressingham for about five years.
Historic moment at Thuxton
The Mid-Norfolk Railway's new passing loop at Thuxton station is all but complete, with just a short gap
in the rails where they cross the road. On January 30, shunter no. 08631 Eagle and its ballast wagons
became the first train to enter the up platform at Thuxton
since the line was singled in 1965.
Mystery donor to rescue 91
Heritage Railway magazine reports that an anonymous
benefactor has agreed to pay around £50,000 towards the overhaul of ex-SR
Military name for Norfolk J94
Work is well under way on the Norfolk Heritage Steam Railway
Limited's 0-6-0ST which arrived in
The NHSR's intends the loco to
work on the Mid-Norfolk Railway. It will carry black livery and its builder's
number 3193, and is to be named Norfolk Regiment.
Away from the Tracks
Marriott's Way bridge in a worse
state than thought
As reported in NRS Newsletter Sep/Oct 2009,
the old M&GN bridge which carries Marriott's Way
across the River Wensum at Hellesdon
is closed for major maintenance work.
Norfolk County Council has found that more repairs are
needed than it thought, and it was to stay closed until mid-February.
A highly-prized BR-era enamel sign which once pointed the
way to two of
However, wintry weather caused the auctioneers to postpone
the sale and to change it from a 'live' event to a telephone auction.
There is some uncertainty over the final price, but it is likely to have been
well over £1,000.
Farmers' pallets recycled for lineside
Local farmers are helping restoration of the March – Wisbech line by donating old pallets, which volunteers use to create trackside fencing.
Working mainly on Sundays, the Bramley
Line volunteers have replaced decaying fencing at
The line is still owned by Network Rail but Bramley Line volunteers are allowed access.
Vauxhall bridge to become bus
The historic but dilapidated bridge near
Norfolk County Council has examined five options for the Grade II-listed Vauxhall bridge, which is now used only by pedestrians. Current thinking is that the structure should be part of a public transport link connecting the station to the town centre, and an application for a grant to the National Lottery's Fair Share Trust is being prepared.
Engineer and industrial archaeologist Peter Cross-Rudkin claims that the bridge's historical importance comes from the ingenious way it was strengthened in the 1880s.