New track to be installed at Colyford Crossing as track maintenance continues through Winter closures.(Seaton Tramway)

  • Posted On: 11 December 2020


Permission has been granted by Devon County Council to undertake works to Seaton Tramway’s Level Crossing at Colyford, with works taking place 4th -12th January 2021. Work will see the removal of the existing tramway tracks, to be replaced with new rails and foundations under and across the carriageway.

WATTRAIN was pleased to host the second virtual meeting on the effects of Covid-19 on heritage rail operations.(Tuesday 24th November 2020)

  • Posted On: 26 November 2020
Although the overall effect is extremely challenging to the sector to varying degrees in different parts of the world, it was most encouraging to note the mutual support offered, and the innovative ways different heritage railways and museums are coping in an effort, where possible, to keep a flow of visitors through their particular locations.

The 90 minute meeting, hosted by Courtney Wilson (Patron, WATTRAIN) was moderated by Stefano Benazzo(President,WATTRAIN.) There were 26 attendees from around the world, representing (almost) every continent.

EU Year of Rail on course for scheduled departure

  • Posted On: 13 November 2020
On 12 November, the European Parliament and Council reached a trialogue agreement on the European Year of Rail 2021. The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) welcomes this decision to put the spotlight on a transport mode with a strong track record in climate neutrality, energy efficiency, resilience, and innovation.


  • Posted On: 4 November 2020

Seaton Tramway is sorry to announce that it is no longer able to run THE POLAR EXPRESSTM Tram Ride in 2020.


A Spokesperson said “After working endlessly throughout the year to provide a COVID secure event for your families to enjoy, we have always been optimistic that we would still be able to offer this magical Christmas experience. However the new national lockdown, along with the uncertainties surrounding what will be allowed after the 2nd December, means we are simply unable to set up and deliver this event.

New look for Mid Norfolk Railway in 2021 running season.

  • Posted On: 31 October 2020
Passengers at the Mid Norfolk Railway during the 2021 running season will be surprised by the changes they will see with new and refurbished rolling stock giving a new look to the railway.

Japanese Museum Sets Up Fund for Preserving Old Steam Locomotives

  • Posted On: 22 October 2020
Inuyama, Aichi Pref., Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)--A Meiji era-themed open-air museum in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, has launched a fund to seek donations for the preservation of two old steam locomotives that run on its premises.


  • Posted On: 9 October 2020
  • Almost 450 heritage organisations in England, including Seaton Tramway have been awarded cash from the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage
  • Grants of up to £1 million will deliver a lifeline for the heritage sector in England with further support to follow and larger grants for capital projects awarded through the Heritage Stimulus Fund
  • First major tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund

Requesting support for saving the heritage trams of Kolkata.(Calcutta Tram Users Association)

  • Posted On: 2 October 2020

Calcutta Tram Users Association

We are a citizen's forum trying to garner public support for the ailing tram system of Kolkata. Our British origin historic wooden tramcars are being scrapped by the government and we are afraid of losing our historic rolling stock as a result.

UK: Heritage railways react positively to improving safety and the coronavirus pandemic.(Office of Road and Rail)

  • Posted On: 30 September 2020

The non-mainline heritage rail sector has taken steps to improve how it manages safety across its railways and has been praised by the Office of Rail and Road for how it has managed the reopening of its railways since the coronavirus pandemic.

The rail regulator says it supports the action the Heritage Railway Association (HRA) is taking in developing a strategic approach to increasing its capabilities. There has been significant improvements in its leadership to the sector, most visibly by developing and promoting proportionate ways to manage safety risk.

12th UIC Covid-19 Task Force web-conference held on 22 September 2020

  • Posted On: 23 September 2020

The 12th meeting of the UIC Covid-19 Task Force was attended remotely on 22 September 2020 by almost 60 participants from across the globe.

Marc Guigon, Chair of the Task Force, welcomed the participants and gave an update on the global situation, the latest figures related to the Task Force members, the latest RAILsilience guidance documents and future publications. He took the opportunity to welcome the newest member to the Task Force, SZCZ (Czech Infrastructure Manager).