IN BRIEF

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AMER­I­CAN FOOT­BALL

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.

ROYAL RE­BUILD

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.

S&C SHEL­TERS

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.

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