Browsing Tag: railway

    Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway – Grand Opening
    Articles, Blog

    Hampton & Kempton Waterworks Railway – Grand Opening

    January 18, 2020

    Tucked away under the A316 at Kempton is the UK’s
    newest steam railway. The opening at the Hampton
    and Kempton Waterworks railway is an important milestone for members
    and enthusiasts alike. “Well I think it’s a tremendous. I looked
    at this railway some many years ago, with the idea of trying to put something together and thought it
    was a wonderful route but… thought it was quite ambitious.
    So absolutely delighted that the Society was formed and they built this first part of the railway with a view to building the rest of it.
    I think it’s an absolutely wonderful thing and amazing really amazing that with to amateur volunteer labour got so far, in such a
    professional manner.” Press and VIP guests assembled for the
    official opening Thomas Wicksteed is a locomotive on loan from the Kew
    Steam Museum As usual it attracted a lot of attention. Everything and everyone was smartly
    turned out for the opening by the boss of Thames Water. “I call on the executive officer of Thames Water to formally open the Hampton and Kempton Waterworks Railway. This is the 400th anniversary of Thames Water this year in various guises. It was 400 years
    ago they developed the first scheme to bring water in to London. We’ve got the engines behind us and the railway in front of us literally the engine is behind me.
    So it’s with great pleasure to open up the railway today. I cut in the middle, do I? Fantastic! We’re now going to ask the Deputy Mayor of Hounslow to formally opened the first railway
    station on our railway Duputy Mayor will you do us the favour of opening first station on our newly opened railway it is called “Hanworth Halt”. It gives me great pleasure to formally name this station Hanworth Halt. After the ceremony it was time for the
    fun part The VIP’s and special guests became very
    first passengers “I was here about a year ago now
    and it’s totally different now.” The newly restored coach will carry
    paying passengers around the Hanworth Loop most weekends this summer While reporters discovered every detail
    of this new narrow gauge railway the snappers – amateurs and professionals alike were in search of that special shot “Well if you look at look at the railway
    behind me in and the Steam Engine Trust on the main works we’ve worked with the volunteers over
    number of years. This has been a real long term project in the making. It’s taken ten years for the team to get where they are today. So
    in terms of providing the support and also in terms of making the land available, also just working with the
    volunteers. Not just us as the company but also our employees on the site as well This is a side of Thames Water
    that people don’t normally see. This is a massive year for us, this year,
    this is actually our 400 anniversary. So four hundred years ago to first
    scheme was developed to bring water in to London and here we are today to
    celebrate the opening of a rail way to celebrate our heritage.
    Fantastic news!” So how did it all begin?
    When the Great Engine Trust decided they weren’t going ahead with the railway I talked to Brian Woodriff and another local
    man, Ron Keyvil, and they encouraged me to set up a society and we got off the ground back in May 2003 So as you can see it’s been quite a few
    years before actually got something running But can a bunch of amateurs build a safe railway? It’s been very very interesting to see it in this area because the thing that
    surprised me – and I’ve been to nearly every heritage railway in the United Kingdom. Concrete sleepers! Now you find that on the modern railway is very rarely on a heritage railway they tend to use the old
    fashioned wooden sleepers and they’ve made them themselves.
    That is really something I’ve taken great interest – and the important
    thing here particularly in Hampton is the fact that the
    waterworks museum and that wonderful engine there it will boost this railway and boost the museum as well So, congratulations to them today and I’m sure there will be a great tourist attraction The railway is now open to the public and working most weekends.
    Check the website for more details.

    Bauxite Train In Discovery Bay, St Ann, Jamaica
    Articles, Blog

    Bauxite Train In Discovery Bay, St Ann, Jamaica

    January 17, 2020

    The Jamaican railway originated as a private and small undertaking in 1843 by the Smith’s Brother who proposed to construct a rail system. Its major role, initially was the transportation of goods and people. The discovery of bauxite in the 1940s, brought about the need to utilized railway as the preferred mode of transporting the bauxite extract to be processed and shipped. In 1992, public rail transport services stopped operating, although bauxite industry (bauxite mining) continue to operate using the Jamaica Railway Corporation lines. To-date, plans are being pursued to restore the railway network, and increase mobility in Jamaica.

    Unification Minister says concrete results must be achieved in inter-Korean railway project
    Articles, Blog

    Unification Minister says concrete results must be achieved in inter-Korean railway project

    January 16, 2020

    a lot of attention has been focused on a
    railway project between the two Koreas with president moon jaein highlighting
    it numerous times as a way to shore up inter-korean relations despite the
    stalled North Korea us denuclearization talks kind of forcing the project into a
    state of limbo the South Korean government and some local experts remain
    optimistic the progress will be made in 2020 Parque June with more South Korea
    plans to push this new year to advance a long delayed inter-korean railway
    project for a breakthrough in deadlock talks with North this year marks the
    20th anniversary of the two Koreas agreement to reconnect railway and roads
    we must fulfill that goal now a seminar organized by rail Hope was held in Seoul
    on Wednesday centering on the role the inter-korean railway project has in
    regards to peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula the unification Minister
    pointed to the project as the best way to establish a peace economy based on
    inter-korean economic cooperation Seoul and Pyongyang completed the Econoline in
    2006 but a 2-mile ila runs along the east coast of the Korean Peninsula is
    yet to be finished once complete trains departing from the south will be able to
    pass through north korea to reach destinations like Russia China and even
    Europe the deadlock in an a clean dialogue installed nuclear talks between
    Pyongyang and Washington have prevented further discussions in advancing new
    projects but it appears that all that is required is a little more patience
    because North Korea is seemingly very much interested it might seem as though
    there’s only bad news but based on the great amount of information I’ve
    accessed through China North Korea is very much interested in the inter-korean
    railway and roll’ projects and is willing to participate when the
    conditions are right why North is so interested in the railway project the
    immense economic benefits it can bring the railway connection project has
    enormous economic effects analysis show that it can bring South Korea benefits
    worth 1.4 billion u.s. dollars whereas North Korea would see benefits worth 14
    billion dollars the groundwork is slowly being made to
    realize the vision China and Russia submitted a resolution to the UN
    Security Council that includes reading the project from restrictions Chinese
    President Xi Jinping also expressed strong support for the railway project
    during a summit with president moon jae-in in Beijing last month the South
    Korean government also plans to do what it can under the current status quo and
    continue reaching out to the north so that this year can be different for
    inter-korean ties the completion of the line is expected to bring great benefits
    to the domestic economy it’s expected to re-energize the steelmaking
    petrochemical and tourism industries all the more reason to find a momentum to
    advance e projects PACA tonight on news

    TRAIN PARK in Kalamata!
    Articles, Blog

    TRAIN PARK in Kalamata!

    January 15, 2020

    Me: This is the famous… frappé… cold coffee Enjoy! Kalamata has a number of green and open spaces… There’s the beach… which everyone knows… …the castle, 23rd of March, the Main Square… …various parks …and the orchards on the outskirts of the city One of the most unique is the Kalamata Municipal Railway Park It contains a number of old steam locomotives… …trains, and passenger carriages, right in the open I’m walking in the train park… …where they have… kept the old trains as a sort of monument Once an important way to connect Kalamata’s port to the rest of the Peloponnese… …these days the trains do not run Instead the park is about recreation… …with activities throughout the year… …a place for clubs to meet… …volleyball, basketball, and some fitness equipment It’s free, you don’t pay anything for it… …and I think it is very cool This is a stepper For children there is also a playground… …and for adults, the old station houses a café …where you can pick up a lovely ice cold frappé (among other things!) You enjoy the trains… and have your frappé It’s certainly nice to just wander around these beautiful old trains and relax in the shade #Steam train noises We are Birba, Annie & Me… …and we are creating videos of our home… …and treat-sized stories from friends all around the world! You can find more of our videos by subscribing on YouTube or Facebook… You can also join the adventure by supporting our work on Patreon… …for behind-the-scenes footage, and nice little rewards!

    One of the finest award winning model railway layouts made in the United Kingdom
    Articles, Blog

    One of the finest award winning model railway layouts made in the United Kingdom

    January 15, 2020

    In this video, we take a look at
    the beautiful model railway layout which was built by Maggie Gravett
    and by her husband Gordon Gravett. It is the famous, award-winning
    model railway layout showing a little town in Brittany,
    France, in the early 1960’s. [Pilentum Television]: Please, Gordon,
    would you like to tell the story of this model railway layout to the
    viewers of Pilentum Television? [Gordon Gravett]: The layout
    is based on a small metre gauge railway in Brittany.
    We’ve called it “Pempoul”. The name is purely robbed from a
    small hamlet where there was a sheet we used to stay in, so
    it doesn’t have any sort of bearing on a real railway or
    that the real railway in the area. But the “Réseau Breton”,
    which was quite a sizeable system for a metre gauge railway
    in Brittany, offered us the opportunity to do something
    a little bit different. [Pilentum Television]: Maggie,
    as you know, Pilentum Television is based in Germany.
    And, for a German model railroader it is more or
    less typical constructing a German model railroad scenery.
    But you are living in Great Britain. Why did you choose
    the French railway system for model railroading? And, please,
    explain to the viewers of Pilentum Television, how
    did you start building this amazing layout? Where did you
    get the inspiration from? [Maggie Gravett]: We start to
    work on it, we had to look at papers and pictures and
    maps and all sorts of things, because we knew not a thing
    about this railway. A lot of the British Railways we knew.
    A little bit about or could find out about that the French one.
    The Internet wasn’t bad, but not that good and
    nothing was being built commercially. So we knew, it would
    have to be totally, totally hand-built. Everything you
    saw, had to be hand-built. [Pilentum Television]:
    Maggie, please, tell me, railway modelling by hand
    was the only way to catch the essence of this French
    small town life. How did you learn to make
    such unique buildings? [Maggie Gravett]: I started
    to get involved doing buildings. I didn’t like the
    plastic buildings because they didn’t represent, what
    I wanted them to represent. I wanted funny things. I
    want to strange things. I wanted sheds with roofs
    that had holes in and it’s a little bit more
    difficult, when you’ve got a ready-made or kit ready to make.
    So, I used to build. I still do build my buildings
    right from scratch. [Pilentum Television]: I guess, the
    viewers of Pilentum Television want to know some more of railway modelling.
    Please, tell us a bit of your passion. [Maggie Gravett]: You can build
    a square box as a building, put a roof on it, make it
    look beautiful, but somehow, you don’t feel like anybody
    could live in it because it’s just something missing. And
    very often you can’t even put your finger on it and then
    you change the color scheme. Slightly you put a dent in a front door.
    You break a window in model form and suddenly – it
    looks like it’s been lived in. And, I think that that is,
    what we both try to achieve. Finally, it was written,
    that you needed seventeen years for making this
    wonderful miniature world. And, I guess, the time was worth it. Thank you, Maggie und Gordon, for giving
    us such a great model railway layout.

    Skagway, Alaska Cruise Port Guide: White Pass & Yukon Route Railway
    Articles, Blog

    Skagway, Alaska Cruise Port Guide: White Pass & Yukon Route Railway

    January 15, 2020

    The White Pass and Yukon Route Railway is
    a popular attraction for cruise guests visiting Skagway, Alaska. Completed in 1900, the railroad was the primary
    means of transportation for prospectors travelling over the White Pass to the goldfields in the
    Yukon. The “White Pass Summit Excursion” allows
    guests to ride in vintage-style passenger cars along the same route as gold prospectors
    of the past while seeing spectacular views, gold rush points of interest, and more. The narrated tour takes about two-and-a-half
    hours as the train travels forty miles round-trip to the White Pass summit at 2,888 feet in
    elevation. We enjoyed the White Pass Summit Excursion
    with our little JellyBean while visiting Skagway during our Alaskan cruise in late May of 2019. The “White Pass Summit Excursion” can
    be booked through your cruise line or the railroad’s website. If you book through your cruise line, you’ll
    board the train alongside your ship. We purchased tickets through the railroad’s
    site and selected a departure time that was convenient for our schedule. The site offered minimal savings, but our
    non-cruise-line passenger car also seemed to be less crowded for our tour. If you book through the railroad, be sure
    to allow 15-20 minutes for the roughly half-mile walk from the furthest Skagway piers to the
    train depot. The White Pass Depot is one of the first buildings
    you’ll see in Downtown Skagway. The depot has restrooms, a gift shop, a small coffee bar, and a cute photo op. Large complimentary maps of the train’s
    route are available at the ticket booth. The map helped us track the points of interest
    — and our current elevation — during the tour. A smaller version is available in the All
    Aboard magazine. Each White Pass and Yukon Route train has
    multiple engines and passenger cars, including some that are wheelchair accessible. Each car is heated and has several rows of
    padded seats that each hold two adults. Small windows at the top of the cars can be
    opened for fresh air and restrooms are located in the back of the car. During our tour, complimentary bottled water
    and brochures were available and the tour guide’s narration was broadcast through
    the speakers. On an interesting note, almost all of the
    passenger cars are named for a lake or river in Alaska, the Yukon, or British Columbia. When you board the train, be aware that both
    sides of the train will have views of all of the sights by the end of the tour. The left side will see most of the sights
    on the way up to the summit and the right side on the way down. Although you cannot move from car to car,
    you can enjoy the tour from the outdoor platforms at the front and back of each car. As the train leaves the depot, there will
    be a few sights located on the right side of the train. The first is Harriet Pullen’s grave. “Ma Pullen” was an entrepreneur during
    the Gold Rush who eventually opened and owned an upscale hotel. Further along on the right, the abandoned
    Salmon Hatchery was established in 1982 by the city as a vocational opportunity for local
    high schoolers. Gold Rush Cemetery is located on the right,
    at mile 2.5 of the journey. It was the first cemetery of Skagway and many
    people tied to the Gold Rush are buried there. As the train leaves town, the Skagway River
    — which starts in British Columbia, Canada — will be visible on the left side of the
    train. At mile 5.8, the train crosses the Skagway
    River near the start of the Denver Glacier trail. At mile 6.9, Rocky Point provides a great
    view back to Skagway and the cruise ships, with Mount Harding in the distance. Across the canyon, you can see the Klondike
    Highway, which also leads to the White Pass Summit. Near mile 8, you can catch a glimpse of a
    large whirlpool and rapids in the Skagway River that are rated Class 6, or “unpassable.” The “On to Alaska with Buchanan” sign
    on the opposite side of the canyon at mile 8.8 was reportedly painted in the 1930s and
    40s to commemorate George Buchanan, a businessman who helped bring boys from
    Detroit to Alaska each year. After passing Buchanan Rock, you’ll likely
    see more and more waterfalls on the rocky side — or right side — of the railroad. At mile 11.5, you can see Bridal Veil Falls,
    which — according to the brochure — “cascades 6,000 feet from the glaciers on Mount Cleveland
    and Mount Clifford.” Heney Station at mile 12.3 was named for Michael
    J. Heney, the man who authorized and managed the construction of the railroad. Near Heney Station, the railroad track splits. During our tour, two other White Pass and
    Yukon Route trains passed in the opposite direction heading back to Skagway. While we waited, our train was stopped near
    a small avalanche that was still visible up the mountainside. As the train approaches the bridge, you’ll
    pass Glacier Station and the start of the Laughton Glacier trail at mile 14. After crossing the bridge, Mount Carmack will
    be visible in the distance. The mountain was likely named after George
    W. Carmack, whose group discovered the gold that started the Klondike gold rush. Near Glacier Gorge, the train enters Tunnel
    Mountain at mile 16 for a pitch-black journey to the other side. The view from Inspiration Point at mile 17
    — through the criss-crossing mountainsides to Skagway below — is breathtaking. The 400-foot steel bridge at mile 18.6 was
    the tallest cantilever bridge in the world when it was completed in 1901. The replacement for the steel bridge and the
    675-foot tunnel at mile 18.8 were completed in 1969. At mile 20.4, the train will reach the White
    Pass Summit and cross the US/Canada border, which is designated by two flags and a marker. The train then turns back and begins the descent
    to Skagway. Along the way, there are several opportunities
    to take great photos of your train against a spectacular Alaskan backdrop. After finishing the White Pass and Yukon Route
    railway tour, the train depot is a great place to start exploring Skagway, starting with
    the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park next door. Kids can complete a Junior Ranger book in
    advance — at home or on the train ride — and turn it in to be sworn in as a Junior Ranger. Ranger-led tours through Skagway’s Historic
    District are available and tickets can be reserved online in advance. Finally, a fun photo op near the train depot
    — especially for smaller kids — is the railroad’s HUGE Rotary Snowplow #1 that was built in
    1898 and retired in 1965.

    Sarah’s building the best railway Scotland’s ever had
    Articles, Blog

    Sarah’s building the best railway Scotland’s ever had

    January 14, 2020

    My name’s Sarah and I work for ScotRail. I’m a Switch Officer. I collect tickets and do customer
    service, that’s my job, just helping people out. I love chatting
    away to people you know and just getting a bit of banter along with. ScotRail move 94 million customers per year – to their work and back or to the
    pub. It’s a huge project, I think that customers don’t realize how complicated
    it is to keep the network running especially in times of disruption and
    things like that you know we’re all doing our best to provide the best
    service that we can for customers ScotRail have invested a lot of money
    in free Wi-Fi, faster trains, smart tickets and improved timetables. Something we’re going to keep improving on year after year. With all the work & investment going on, the job can be challenging at times but it will be great you know to
    have nice shiny, comfy trains for people to travel on. That’s all they want, and that’s what we’re gonna give them We’ll basically be giving Scotland
    the best railway that it’s ever had.