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March Railway Station 130th Birthday Celebration

March Railway Station 130th Birthday Celebration

An article in Wisbech Standard by Kath Sansom talks about a trip down memory lane for visitors to the 130th anniversary of March railway station.

Rail Enthusiasts took a nostalgic walk down memory lane when March Railway Station celebrated it’s 130th Anniversary. The station became a hive of activity when visitors took a step back to 1885 when the town boasted train travel.

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Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Speed to the West

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Speed to the West

Saturday 23rd May 2015

The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway in association with the Heritage Railway magazine produced one of the best, if not the best railway Gala I have had the pleasure to visit. Their ‘Speed to the West’ gala over the late May Bank Holiday was a spectacular triumph.

I recall as a child the excitement of boarding a train to go away on my summer holidays. THE GWR truly re-created this experience for me again, with memorable trains such as the ACE (Atlantic Coast Express) and the Cornishman. With around thirty movements packed into a day’s schedule it was a very ambitious timetable, but every train I travelled on, departed on time. If only we could say the same of to-days modern railway.

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Secret Railway Collection

Secret Railway Collection

An article by Darren Burke in Chad talks about a collection of memorabilia from the golden days of Britain’s railways is set to steam into Doncaster this week.

A haul of artefacts stretching back through the decades and which has remained hidden from public view for years will finally be put in the spotlight with a week long exhibition at the town’s Mansion House.

The Doncaster Grammar School collection was started in the 1930s when pupils and teachers at the school – now Hall Cross Academy – set up a railway society.

Over the years, members collected signs, nameplates, lamps, signal posts and thousands of other items of railwayana, building up an archive of items from the golden age of steam.

Now they are to see the light of day after decades in storage – and there are hopes the collection could be put on permanent view if a suitable base is found in Doncaster town centre.

Dave Rogerson, who is helping to put on the exhibition as part of Doncaster Rail Week, said: “It is an amazing collection, but has been hidden away for too long. It is now time it was brought into the public arena.

“It is only in the last few years people have started to become aware of it. It has been well-known among railway circles, but it is time it was brought to a much wider audience.”

The collection has its beginnings in 1937, when members received a signed photo of famed railway engineer Sir Nigel Gresley, the man responsible for the world famous Doncaster-built Mallard steam locomotive.

Over the following decades, they amassed a collection of rare and precious items, including the original nameplates of the Gresley-designed Cock O’ The North steam locomotive, a huge collection of miscellaneous items and the nameplates of other engines including Doncaster and Hush Hush.

A selection of some of the best items will be made open to the public for the first time from Thursday until Thursday, February 12.

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There is also a Festival Of British Railway Modelling in Doncaster on the 7/8th of February 2015 


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