Loughborough was once the the proud owner of two mainline stations, Midland and Central. Both survive today, the former now taking on all national rail duties for the town and the latter forming part of the Great Central Heritage Line to Leicester North. But did you know Loughborough had a third lesser known termini station? Edward does, and he’s been looking into the rise and fall of Loughborough Derby Road
- A history of the Hornby Railroad brand and it’s ethos.
- The benefits of operating your exhibition layout from the front by grahammuz.
- Northern cities conned by false government promises…
- …which must be a kick in the teeth as feasibility studies look into new links for Brighton and The South…
- …whilst HS2 – It looks like it’s actually going to get built then?
- The North, fear not, because it looks like some new, albeit slightly secretive, upgrade work is taking place to ease congestion around Stafford.
- Meanwhile the so called “pause” (or let’s face it, cancellation) of proposed rail upgrades could have adverse affects on the ambitions of the Great Central Railway…
- What’s it like to repair and maintain Britain’s railway bridges? Especially those spanning water…
- UK’s biggest boring machine gets to work. (And shock it’s nothing to do with Crossrail!).
- If you thought I’d gone soft on Crossrail news then think again… Here’s something particularly gruesome as we go digging for the plague…
- Farewell to Midland Metro’s first tram.
- Attention London: The DLR services are changing!
- Interested in Unrebuilding a Merchant Navy Class? Follow the story here.
- A bite-sized yet facilitating history of The Deltics (Class 55) from 2E0MCA.
- Have you heard of the ‘Rail Speeder’ craze? This looks awesome!
- Take a heritage ride on The Underground!
- Did you see the BBC News story that features a fictitious photo-shopped livery? Do correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty sure Class 67’s are not in Grand Central Trains’ arsenal…
- Work starts to connect Dublin tram lines.
From The CAS Team
- Andy continues the DCC fitting series with a look at the Bachmann Class 25.
- Edward is in a Quest for Speed.
Compiled by Edward Kendall & Andy Carter
- Bachmann release an engineering sample of their new Wickham Trolley units.
- Rare OO Gauge stock goes on auction.
- ESNGBlog ponders urban railway modelling.
- This weeks Tube Strike WILL be on as unions reject pay offer claiming it is a “re-hash of the previous deal.”
NOTE: As last time, All tube services will start winding down from 6:30pm tomorrow (Wednesday 5th) and will not re-open again until Friday morning (7th). DLR, Overground & National Rail services will not be affected.
- The “Bermondsey Diveunder” Where is it? What is it for? How Will it help us?
- People in Reading appear to be having difficulties with Escalators.
- Arup win contract to help reinstate the Portishead Line.
- Time for First Great Western HST’s is nearly up…
- …whilst the new stock for Thameslink – The Class 700 – arrives in the UK for testing…
- …and Abellio are to refurbish the Class 321’s.
- Funding boost for Great Central Railway’s heritage centre.
- LocoYard go under a Q1.
- Locksands Life reminisces about Train Spotting.
From The CAS Team
- Woodford Wells: Layout Update 2 is here!
- Nottingham Victoria – was it right for demolition? Edward ponders…
Compiled by Edward Kendal & Andy Carter
Edward investigates the lost railway lines of his home town in Going, Going, Gone – Nottingham’s Railway Heritage
- Bachmann and the London Transport Museum have teamed up to launch a OO-Gauge model of the new S-Stock. They’ve also confirmed they’re suitable for at least 2nd radius curves. ALL THE EXCITEMENT!
- Hornby have some fancy new graphics of their upcoming GWR Collett coaches.
- Engineers in Cardiff use giant “Lego” bricks to reduce engineering work disruption.
- Network Rail strike. I’ve lost track of how many times it’s on again off again… Well, It’s off after unions accepted a 2% pay increase. Let’s hope it’s the last we hear of that…
- FANFARE! The 26 miles of Crossrail tunnelling is now complete! Good. Let’s fill it up with Pringles.
- …and the completion of Crossrail can’t come soon enough as rail journeys increase 70% in a decade!
- A Class 66 has been named after one of the campaigners for the new Borders Railway.
- Class 315’s are getting the Overground treatment…
- …whilst Eversholt Rail are to refurbish the Class 321’s.
- Three bidders have been shortlisted for the troubled East Anglia franchise.
- LocoYard take a look at the dependable Hunslet Austerity’s at the East Lancs Railway.
- Peter Gray explores the history and success of GWR’s extra loooong coaches.
- Get your mits on some cracking Railway themed artwork.
- Boris will surely be keeping a close eye on Delhi’s new driverless trains.
From The CAS Team
- Check out Andy’s new series Heritage Journeys, with new films from The Great Central and East Lancs Railways.
- Edward investigates the underground footprint of Nottingham Victoria station and how it influenced the construction of a shopping centre in the city.
- How many Mechanical Lever-Frame are left in the UK? More than you’d think.
– Compiled by Edward Kendall and Andy Carter