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Old June 25th, 2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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UNITED KINGDOM | Steam Railways

Great Central Railway to 'bridge' the gap between Leicester and Nottingham within five years.

May 30 2013 By Isaac Ashe (Loughborough Echo)



(The picture above of the main bridge over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough, is from the Great Central Railway's main website)

GREAT Central Railway is hoping to ‘bridge’ the gap between the Loughborough heritage line and the Nottingham section to the north with the news a connection is to be built over the Midland Mainline. GCR has launched a £1m Bridge To The Future fund-raising appeal after forming a parnership with Network Rail to build a bridge over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough.

Design work is underway and the new structure made up of two reclaimed rail bridges from Reading is expected to be in place running over the four tracks of the Midland Mainline by mid-2015 - allowing the demolished 500m link between the two sections, rejoining Leicester to Nottingham via an 18 mile heritage railway. GCR managing director Bill Ford said: “We are delighted to announce this incredible step forward. “Building this bridge unlocks the rest of the re-unification project which will create an attraction with truly international appeal.”

Following the bridge’s construction, other elements of the overall project include repairing an existing canal bridge, building a new bridge over Railway Terrace Road in Loughborough and replacing a missing embankment. The estimated cost for the complete scheme is £8m, and it is hoped trains will be running within five years. Mark Fowler, of Great Central Railway Nottingham, said: “There is huge interest and excitement amongst both railway enthusiasts and the general public in seeing this project succeed. “It is vitally important to us that the local communities join us in this vision too. It will drive economic benefit during construction and in the longer term too.” Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “Our electrification teams are already making significant changes to the infrastructure in this area so it’s the ideal opportunity to get the bridge in place, with minimal disruption and cost. “Once the full scheme is complete it will bring significant economic benefits to the region as well as reinstating a piece of our railway heritage.”

Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan has worked to bring about reunification. She said: “This is an incredibly exciting project for Loughborough, Leicestershire and beyond and I am delighted to give it my whole-hearted support. “We have all seen the bridges lying next to the GCR station in Loughborough. To realise that, with the support of Network Rail and other key parties, their re-use to bring together the two parts of the Great Central Railway is now within sight, is a thrilling prospect.

“I am convinced that reunification will bring big benefits to our local economy and I do hope everyone locally will support this important first step.”Nigel Harris, chairman of Great Central Railway Development, said: “This agreement is the start of the Great Central’s most exciting adventure yet; the delivery of a vision of an intercity heritage railway.
“It’s been a very long haul to get to this point, especially over the last 20 years, but what has unlocked the problem has been Network Rail’s willingness to work in partnership with GCR, Charnwood Borough Council, Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan and other stakeholders. "The whole community is invited to participate. If you’ve ever wanted to see this happen, now is the time to act!”


To support the appeal, or for more information about building the bridge and the rest of the reunification project, visit www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify


The Gap is clearly shown in the image above from BBC News.


For more Information on Britian's only double track main line steam railway, please have a look at this video on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCSZl9D-mOY

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Old June 27th, 2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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Ok, thank you. I would like to say that this tread is for steam railways enthusiast's who would like to post anything related to steam railways in Britian.

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Old June 28th, 2013, 12:09 PM   #4
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This could be a great thread. The UK has many wonderful steam railways ("heritage lines" as we call them) as well as steam trains sometimes running on the country's mainlines.

Some examples of steam around the UK:

Ffestiniog Railway, Wales (narrow gauge)



East Lancs Railway, England (standard gauge)



Severn Valley Railway, England (standard gauge)




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And then there is this, made in 1963 (very cutting edge for its time), of British Rail operating in one of the harshest winters the UK has faced in modern times.



This was also incidentally when British Rail (our nationalised railways from the 1940s to the 1990s) began to modernise from steam to diesel and electric. A brilliant recording from a time of change.
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January 2013 - the 150th Anniversary of the London Underground



The modern-day 'Heath & Safety' jobsworths must have hit the roof with this!
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Old June 28th, 2013, 08:28 PM   #7
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Great Central Railway Youtube Videos.

Great videos, I liked all of them . I like the Seven Valley Railway video, I thought that was a really good video to watch in HD. I also know some videos on the internet of some famous steam trains at the Great Central Railway, an example would be the Tornado. The third video below shows the Olympic Touch relay passing through Leciester North Station before the London Olympics started in 2012. Here are the videos below, enjoy

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OCIt...yer_detailpage

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyAOG...yer_detailpage

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC9-V...yer_detailpage

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The National Railway Museum, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Steam engine landmark celebrated at the National Railway Museum in York, United Kingdom.

In a scene not witnessed since the 1930s, the record-breaking Mallard has been reunited with its sister locomotive, the Dominion of Canada, to mark 75 years since it became the world’s fastest steam engine. The Dominion has been shipped from Montreal, Canada, repainted in period garter blue livery and now sits beside the virtually identical Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York City.

For more information, visit this article from the Yorkshire Post Online Newspaper : http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/...seum-1-5723242
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23109971

Mallard anniversary: Steam locomotive Bittern marks record run

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A 1937 steam locomotive has run along the section of track where a another locomotive set an unbeaten world record 75 years ago.

Bittern, an A4-class engine, a contemporary of Mallard, the world's fastest steam locomotive, set off from King's Cross station for York.

Mallard set a record speed of 126mph near Grantham on 3 July 1938, which remains unbeaten to this day.

Up to 250 people are on board the train, expected to reach 90mph.

It had been given special permission by authorities for the run to exceed the 75mph limit for steam trains.


Steam locomotives were phased out in the late 1960s.

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Surprise visit by Hollywood film star to Leighton Buzzard’s Railway, UK.

Surprise visit by Hollywood Film Star.

Volunteers operating Leighton Buzzard’s Railway were amazed to find a Hollywood superstar on one of their trains this week. The first anyone knew about the visit was in late morning, when a group of men with American accents arrived at the railway to check it out. For more infomation please see the link below:

http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/updat...zzard-railway/
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Steam train hits 90mph on the East Coast Main line, UK.

Steam train hits 90mph

By Harry Kemble, June 30 2013 (Express Newspaper)

Steam train fans were thrilled yesterday to see one of the last Thirties A4-class trains hit 90mph, the fastest speed for a steam train in 75 years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ez5og1iFU8

The blue Steam train, called Bittern, raced up the East Coast line from London's King’s Cross Station to York with 250 passengers on board after being granted permission to exceed the 75mph steam train limit. The record speed, 126mph, remains unbroken. That was achieved by an almost identical train, the Mallard, in 1938. Only six A4s survive. They are being reunited at the National Railway Museum in York from Wednesday in an event called the Great Gathering. For more information on this please see the news article below:

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/411...ain-hits-90mph
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Derailment.

Now you dont see this everyday, a derailment of a steam locomotive, I gess someone forgot to change the signals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr5EztEPJS8
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Fail Rookie error not checking that the points right in front of you are going to derail you. Additionally stupid considering the loco was just sitting there - not like he was approaching the points at 90mph..
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It's quite a common feature on railways (not just in the UK) - it's called a 'catch' or 'trap point'. Basically stops trains or just rolling stock from departing a siding onto the main running line when they're not supposed to. Rather them grinding into the ballast than heading onto the mainline and blocking that, or even striking another train.

Just seen there's a whole article about them on Wikipedia..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_points
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Rail-link appeal is right on track (Leicester Mercury Newspaper)

For the latest update on the Great Central railway (bridging the gap project) is in the following link below:

http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.u...#axzz2YpUPEVln

Plus for the latest update on the Mountsorrel Railway in Leicestershire which is also connected to Great Central, please have a look at the two links below:

http://mountsorrelrailway.blogspot.co.uk/

(Mountsorrel Railway website)

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?oe...76e971d7352942

(Google Maps of the Mountsorrel Railway)
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Steam Locomotive Mallard 75th anniversary celebrations

How to drive the world record-breaking steam train Mallard: Locomotive gets a final clean and polish ahead of celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of its 126mph landmark journey. Mallard is still the fastest Steam Locomotive in the world.


(Image is from North News & Pictures Ltd, from the Mail Online Newspaper Website).

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Latest update on the Great Central Railway Appeal for Bridging the Gap Project.

Mid July 2013 update: The current appeal total (not including contributions from standing orders) has reached £148,000! That’s almost fifteen percent of our total raised in a month and a half. We’re so grateful to everyone who has supported this exciting project – thank you! If you’ve been waiting to see how it’s going before donating, we hope you’ll be inspired to make a contribution. Every pound we raise is a pound less we have to chase. Together we can make the next big infrastructure project in railway preservation a reality. (Source is the the Great Central Railway website)
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Great Central Railway - Bridging the gap project in Central England.

Great Central Railway Update on Bridging the Gap.


(Picture of one of the bridges over the River Soar at Loughborough which under the project will be updated with railway tracks to link both sides, picture from Wikipedia site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loughborough_Gap)

Recently rumours have been spreading amoung Steam Railway Fans in Britian, that the Bridging the Gap Project in Loughborough is going very well. Rumour has it from with the Railway, that the funds have now reached over £200,000 POUNDS. An official Update into the project is due out soon. It is then that will now the official amount raised already for the project.

A couple of months ago, it took only ONE week to raise £100,000 pounds for the project. So what is the Bridging the Gap Project??

The project is about linking two sides of old main line railway tracks together, the gap is 500 metres that at the moment separates the two railway lines at Loughborough. The project needs to raise only £1 Millions Pounds, to complete the work needed to Bridge the Gap. How important is this project??

The project is very important in manys ways. The two main reasons why: first, Bridging the Gap will make the Great Central Railway turn from a 9 mile steam railway into an 18 MILE steam railway which will link both Nottingham City, Loughborough and Leicester City together boosting the local economy. The second reason is that it will rasie the profile of the railway on a global scale, already the Great Central Railway has been voted number 12 in a list of the 50 great railway journeys of the world by the Independent newspaper in 2006.

If you want more information on Bridging the gap project or want to donate to the project, then please visit the Official Great Central Railway Website below: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify/. And you can also visit the Great Central Railway Wikipedia site as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_C...way_(preserved).

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The project needs to raise only £1 Millions Pounds, to complete the work needed to Bridge the Gap. How important is this project??
I'm afraid that only pays for the bridge over the Midland Mainline, further fundraising (another 7 figure sum) will be required to complete the rest of the 'gap'.

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