Monday, 4 July 2022

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway’s Diesel Gala

Back after a two year ‘Covid’ enforced absence is a much missed summer festival of heritage diesel traction. Over the three day event passengers will be transported back to a time when British Rail ran locomotive hauled trains the length and breadth of the country, from large powerful express locomotives on inter-city journeys, to smaller mixed traffic and freight types many of which were pressed into use during the summer months taking people from the towns to our seaside resorts.

All these sights and sounds will be re-created once more on the 14 mile route along the edge of the Cotswolds from Cheltenham Racecourse to the magnificently rebuilt Broadway station at this picturesque Cotswold village. Over the 3 days, the magnificently restored collection of vintage diesel locomotives will be clocking up over 1000 miles between them as they celebrate the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

This year, despite the ever increasing costs of transport the railway will mark the return of summer gala by welcoming for the first time one of the iconic class 55 ‘Deltic’ locomotives that were so synonymous with high speed running along the East Coast Main Line route from London to Edinburgh between 1961 and 1981. 

No.55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ will be breaking new ground for the class and will become the first ever Deltic locomotive to operate over the former Stratford upon Avon to Cheltenham main line, thanks to the its owners the Deltic Preservation Society. An historic occasion.

Up to 10 trains each day will run to Broadway, with even more running between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse giving a full 28 mile round trip on most services, which together with passing trains in the loops at Gotherington, Winchcombe and Toddington allows a 45 minute frequency service all day. There will be something for everyone - for families looking for a great day out as well as for the railway enthusiast. For the haulage enthusiast, the regular timetable allows a wide variety of 'moves' to be made throughout the day in pursuit of your favourite traction. Come and re-live the atmosphere of travelling by British Rail (remember them?) from 40 and 50 years ago. The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s live again!

The majority of the fleet of heritage diesel locomotives are now well over 50 years old so the event also pays tribute to the history of British electrical and mechanical engineering from the 1950s and 1960s - a time when Britain was still at the forefront of locomotive technology and exported railway locomotives all over the world. At Toddington, you will be able to visit the diesel maintenance shed and see up close one of the immaculately restored class 37 locomotives no.D6948 and 1959 built class 26 no.D5343 both of which are undergoing overhaul.

The best way to buy tickets for the event is in advance over the internet. Avoid any queues on the day and benefit from an on-line discounted price – one day adult tickets are available for just £27! Multi-day rover tickets offering substantial savings are also available if booked in advance. Alternatively just turn up and pay on the day (adult tickets £30). The railway is also offering multi-day rover tickets (if booked in advance).

On these pages you will find latest news, information about the locomotive line-up, timetable, details of fares and on-line booking, where to stay, attractions at the railway's stations…just about everything you need to know!


Sunday, 3 July 2022

Pelican Provides Zero Emission Vehicles for Leicester Hospital Hopper Service

Pelican have provided a small fleet of Yutong zero emission buses for a new bus service to provide sustainable transport on routes connecting Leicester’s three main hospitals.

The Hospital Hopper service is having a complete upgrade, including replacing the current diesel vehicles with a fleet of fully electric buses, with features such as free USB chargers, passenger information screens and a new eye-catching livery. The electric bus service is being launched in partnership with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL), and bus operator Centrebus.

It is part of the Leicester Buses Partnership - an ambitious bus partnership programme of work between Leicester City Council and all local bus operators to improve services, routes and vehicles across the city. 
The new Hospital Hoppers will become part of the new Greenlines electric bus network, which already serves all three Park and Ride sites in the city.

The new electric Hospital Hopper buses were launched at Leicester’s Jubilee Square and came into operation on Monday, June 27.

The additional 4 vehicles supplied will further enhance the passenger experience for Leicester residents. The state of the art vehicles are all fitted with full air conditioning, and not only travel with zero emissions, but are also whisper quiet in operation. 
It is a testament to the Council and local bus operators that their bus partnership is being implemented so quickly, with 15 Pelican supplied vehicles in service already.


Saturday, 2 July 2022

New Photos Show Update on New Tyne & Wear Metro Trains

New photos have shown the new Tyne and Wear Metro trains taking shape on the production line, ahead of them arriving in the North East.

The trains are desperately needed to replace the ones currently running on the Metro, which have been in service since the network first opened in 1980.

New photos have revealed how work is progressing on the trains with the exterior looking almost complete, and the interior being fitted out by engineers.

Commuters on the Tyne and Wear Metro will begin to see the first trains arriving later this year, with all of them expected to be running by 2024.

Nexus, the body which runs the Metro, says the new trains will be 15 times more reliable, will cut energy consumption by 30 per cent, and will have modern features including charging points and air-conditioning.

Passengers can also look forward to a new automatic sliding step at every door of the new trains, making travel easier for disabled people, those with pushchairs, buggies and luggage to travel.

The new trains are being built by Swiss company Stadler who won a £362m contract to build the 46 metro cars for the network. They will also be responsible for maintaining the trains at the new South Gosforth depot, once they have all been built.

Friday, 1 July 2022

Links to City Zap and Nottinghamshire Train news

CityZap Usage Between York and Leeds Surges During Rail Strike click here

Nottinghamshire Train Passengers to Benefit from £1 billion Upgrade to East Coast Main Line

click here

Apologies for another links page - Normal Service will be resumed as soon as possible


Thursday, 30 June 2022

Financial Support for Bus Operators Continues for Scottish Operators

The Scottish Government has confirmed additional funding of £25.7 million is being provided to extend recovery funding for our bus sector.

The Network Support Grant (NSG) Plus, a temporary scheme intended to support the bus network as we recover from the pandemic, has been extended until October 2022.

NSG Plus aims to support services and protect fares while patronage continues to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth

This funding is in addition to wider support, which includes funding for bus priority infrastructure, improved data services and ticketing options, the National Concessionary Travel Scheme and free bus travel for all under 22s.

This funding is in addition to the £93.5 million allocated to support bus services this year. We had already provided up to £210 million to bus operators up to 31 March 2022 to maintain bus services over the course of the pandemic.

With patronage growing and more young people continuing to take advantage of free bus travel, support will evolve and NSG Plus will cease at the end of this extended period of support in October.

Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth said:

“We continue to deliver on our commitment to provide additional recovery funding and we have supported bus operators through the most difficult periods of the pandemic.

“As services continue to recover, this additional £25.7 million will support our bus sector to continue to navigate their way through and out of the pandemic.

“This in in addition to the up to £210 million we have already provided that has ensured our bus operators are well positioned and at the forefront of our green recovery. Looking ahead, it’s important that the support we give transport operators continues to adapt and evolve to make sure it remains fit for purpose.

“Over 10 million journeys have been made since January through the provision of free bus travel to U22s. We continue to invest in bus priority infrastructure and have offered local authorities flexible powers to work in partnership with operators should they wish.

“For our health, our climate and our communities, we will continue to support our bus industry and encourage the shift away from cars and towards sustainable public transport.”

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Ricardo Repowers Double Decker Diesel Bus With Hydrogen Fuel Cells In Partnership with Stagecoach

Ricardo, a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, in partnership with Stagecoach North East, has repowered a diesel, double decker bus with a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system. Delivering zero tailpipe emissions, Ricardo is now seeking to secure customers to invest in the production of a fleet of passenger vehicles fit for the future of sustainable shared mobility.

The project, part funded by the Department of Transport, through its Hydrogen Transport Hub Demonstration competition, saw Ricardo, working with Stagecoach North East to retro-fitted hydrogen fuel cell technology into an existing double decker bus. It created a zero emissions demonstrator that is now undergoing a ten-week test and demonstration programme around the Tees Valley and Brighton and Hove. Feedback and data from the trials will support the team to explore future market opportunities and applications with bus operators and other partners across the UK and beyond.

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Links 28th June 2022

Due to limited internet access news can be seen today by using the links below

TfL Warning of Cuts click here

Latest on Baby Deltic Build  click here

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Thanks to those that have sent photos of events, which will be shown in due course.



Monday, 27 June 2022

Locomotion Granted Planning Permission for New Display Hall

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Normal postings will resume as soon as possible

Sunday, 26 June 2022

50th Anniversary of London Underground’s Bakerloo Line Trains

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Bakerloo line trains on the London Underground. Introduced on 26th June 1972.

The trains have a complicated history — because this is the London Underground and nothing is ever simple. And the Bakerloo line trains owe their existence to, of all things, the extension of the Piccadilly line to Heathrow Airport in the 1970s.

Read the article from Ian Visits website here

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Setra News

Limited access to the internet today so here's a link to news about Setra testing the next generation of ComfortClass and TopClass coaches

or click here

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible! 


Friday, 24 June 2022

ADL Supplies New Plaxton Panther Coach to Scottish Operator Hunters Executive Coaches

Alexander Dennis (Alexander Dennis Limited, “ADL”) has announced that it has delivered a brand new Plaxton Panther coach to Scottish operator Hunters Executive Coaches.

The vehicle is the first of two Plaxton Panthers to be delivered to the business, with the second vehicle due to be delivered later this year.

The coach – built on a Volvo B8R chassis – has a Euro VI engine and an I-Shift transmission. It has alloy wheels, is fitted with 53 seats and has a toilet mounted at the continental door in the centre of the vehicle.

There are also a range of on-board customer features including extendable seats, air-conditioning, a smart radio and DVD player and USB charging points.

Clackmannanshire-based Hunters Executive Coaches has been providing coach services for over twenty years and has grown to one of the largest private coach hire companies in Scotland.

Director Julie Jack, who runs the business with her father John Hunter, said: “We are delighted to add another high quality, comfortable coach to our fleet. We’re committed to providing the best possible service, and vehicles, to our customers and this new coach will further help us achieve that.”

Charlie Miller, Alexander Dennis Senior Regional Sales Manager, added: “It’s been great working with John, Julie and the team to deliver another fantastic coach for their fleet. We have a second coach to deliver to the business soon and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

Hunters website here

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Iveco Electrics With Pantograph Charging

Iveco Bus has delivered two 12-metre E-WAY to the public company Marprom for the city of Maribor (Slovenia). They are equipped for fast charging.

The vehicles will travel between new electric charging stations installed in the city of Maribor along the busiest line, No. 6.

The two fast charging stations operate with top-down pantographs, one at the central bus station and the other at the terminal of the route,

Read the article here

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Nine More Abandoned Rail Lines Receive Funding for Restoration

Due to limited resources, there's only a link to news today, covering the award of early-stage development funding to the following projects

  • Aldridge station and line upgrade in Walsall
  • The Barrow Hill Line between Sheffield and Chesterfield
  • The Ivanhoe Line between Leicester and Burton on Trent
  • Meir Station between Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire
  • Haxby Station on the York to Scarborough Line
  • Reinstating the Fleetwood Railway Line
  • Ferryhill Station in County Durham
  • The Mid Cornwall Metro, connecting Newquay, Truro and Falmouth
  • Devizes Station between Pewsey and Westbury in Wiltshire

click here to read the article

Normal Service will be resumed ASAP

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Neepsend Model Railway Society Video

Well Chuffed Railways have shown 'Effingham' the Neepsend Model Railway Society's massive layout on YouTube.

Don't forget to click 'Like'

For more info on the society please visit  

Monday, 20 June 2022

Switch Mobility Ltd. launches All New, ‘SWITCH e1’ 12m Bus

Switch Mobility Ltd (‘Switch’), has unveiled the new, 4th generation SWITCH e1 bus. The SWITCH e1, a fully electric bus tailored to the European market.

At 12m long, the SWITCH e1 is the company’s first fully electric bus designed specifically for Europe.

Developed based on 10 years of EV bus experience in U.K. and India and over 30 million driven miles, SWITCH e1 raises the standards of quality and performance in the segment ;

Boasting a monocoque design, the SWITCH e1 is one of the lightest 12m buses in Europe at less than 10,800kg, coupled with a range of around 390km from a 389KWh battery

Advanced NMC battery technology provides a lighter weight and higher density solution than conventional LFP batteries, delivering a lower total cost of ownership

The SWITCH e1 will be manufactured at the company’s new manufacturing and technical centre in Valladolid, Spain.

Launched at the European Mobility Expo, the SWITCH e1 combines a lightweight monocoque construction with advanced NMC battery technology to create a truly market-leading product.   
Fast charging is achieved in under 3 hours and A/C charging in 7 hours. The SWITCH e1 also benefits from Switch’s market-leading technology including iAlert, enabling remote, real-time diagnostics and monitoring services, as well as world-class digital battery management tools.

Designed with a focus on passenger comfort, the vehicle is adaptable and boasts a flexible seating layout which has been engineered to enable easy ingress and egress. With capacity for up to 93 passengers – including up to 30 seated, passengers will ride in comfort with a contemporary and open interior design, reading lights, under seat lights, USB ports and a wide-screen monitor including a “next five stops” feature and information on nearby local public transport. 

The interior layout and ultra-low floor throughout improves wheelchair access which is available through both the front and middle doors, a unique feature within this segment. Passengers and drivers benefit from double skin heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ducts, directing airflow towards the occupants, reducing wastage, and increasing efficiency.

Developing the SWITCH e1 as a completely new product has also enabled the latest driver aids and safety features to be integrated. Electronic Stability Control and the Electronic Braking System provide a confident driving experience whilst blind spot monitoring, collision detection and lane departure warning will maximise safety for drivers and passengers alike.

Speaking on the occasion, Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of Switch Mobility, said: The Hinduja Group and Ashok Leyland are committed to providing zero carbon mobility through Switch. Today is a significant milestone for us, with the launch of our first European Bus. Switch is dedicated to the development of new electric buses and light vehicles for multiple geographies and price points including, Europe, UK, India and elsewhere that will be launched over the next few months.”

Andy Palmer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Switch Mobility Ltd, said:“We are proud to continue innovating the sector with not only one of the lightest widely available buses in Europe, but our first fully electric bus designed specifically for the European market. 
The SWITCH e1 is the result of learning from the 30 million electric miles our buses have covered, delivering a state-of-the-art transport solution designed with a customer first mindset. Switch continues to enable cities to meet net zero targets, allow operators to maximise efficiency whilst minimising costs and ensure drivers and passengers experience unrivalled comfort."

Creating a zero-carbon future with the next generation of buses

As a sustainable carbon neutral certified manufacturer, the first global bus and light commercial vehicle manufacturer to achieve this accolade, Switch assists cities in reaching true net zero emissions. Switch has saved over 5 million tonnes of CO2 from its Metrodecker buses and its Metrocity, the first British built, pure electric bus to enter service in London continues to be one of the most efficient products on the market.

The SWITCH e1 is the next step in zero-emission buses and builds on Switch’s ambition for a next-generation fleet. The SWITCH e1 is adaptable to any city to ensure fleets can be decarbonised, with customisable batteries to fit the desired range and modular roof-mounting for future expansion needs.