An ‘S160’ 2-8-0 worked a football special for the first time in the class’ history on March 25. No. 5820 ‘Big Jim’ was hauling members of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s Bradford City supporters club, the first such group to be formed on a preserved railway.
Work has commenced on the £3 million rebuild of Ballater’s Old Royal station building in Aberdeenshire, destroyed by fire in May 2015 (SR441). The Great North of Scotland Railway station, once regularly used by the Royal Family on visits to Balmoral Castle, will receive a new library and additional exhibition space. A replica royal carriage survived the blaze.
MOUNT EDGCUMBE MINIATURE
Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park near Plymouth is planning to lay a 5in gauge miniature railway in its grounds. Previously sited on a farm near Morville, the railway is being rebuilt and the aim is to launch it in late May, if sufficient volunteer help is forthcoming.
RED ARROWS TO BARRY
A Red Arrows display will be the highlight of the Barry Tourist Railway’s ‘Barry at War’ museum open day and Toy & Train Fair on August 6. Steam-hauled brake van rides will be in operation.
HLF BID FOR ‘WORM’
Heritage Lottery Fund money is being sought to reopen a pedestrian tunnel at Great Malvern, known as ‘The Worm’, built in 1862 to link the station to the Imperial Hotel. The Friends of Malvern Railways have also approached the Railway Heritage Trust for funding.
MELTON CONSTABLE WIN
The Melton Constable Trust, the charity seeking to rebuild the line to Fakenham, has received a £59,800 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will pay for the repair of two bridges that the trust already owns, and provide safe access to its section of the dismantled line.
Construction of a new platform shelter at Settle has commenced, while the Friends of the SettleCarlisle Line have applied for planning permission to build two more, on each platform at Appleby. A planned refurbishment of the shelter at Ribblehead has been put back to July, due to lack of available personnel.