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The eco friendly steam locomotive living up to its name Green Dragon.(ChronicleLive.co.uk)

The eye catching locomotive on the South Tynedale Rail is powered by wood briquettes and not coal

  • Posted On: 20 August 2019

When the railways began carving through the countryside in the 19th century it was a major culture shock for people who had previously only known horse power.

The locomotives, with their fire and steam, must have appeared dragon-like to what was still a largely rural country.

Today, one of the steam engines on the South Tynedale Railway is called Green Dragon – but is part of a drive by the heritage line operation to be as environmentally-friendly as possible, surrounded as it is by a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.


Haworth-based scheme is on track to tackle future skills shortage.By Alistair Shand(Keighley News)

  • Posted On: 24 July 2019

HAWORTH Station on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was the ‘birthplace’ of a scheme that is now striving to address a future skills shortage.

Hands-on trades probably haven’t been as enthusiastically pursued in recent years as computers and technology.

Identifying the potential problem for traditional industries such as engineering, increasing emphasis has been placed on apprenticeships.

And it was from Haworth that the idea for the Boiler & Engineering Skills Training Trust (Bestt) emanated.


Torkel Patterson, Board Member from Central Japan Railway Company to speak at World Rail Festival in December.

  • Posted On: 11 July 2019
This week the World Rail Festival has confirmed Torkel Patterson, Board Member from Central Japan Railway Company to speak in December. He joins other world-leading speakers including the CEOs of NS, NTV, GVB, TGV Lyria, Postbus, Vy (NSB) and more.



World Rail Festival: NS, Postbus and Thello are speaking at the World Rail Festival.

  • Posted On: 4 July 2019


Joining us as a speaker in the BBC moderated morning keynote session, Roger Van Boxtel will share NS’ perspective on the opportunities and challenges for the future of rail. Discussing everything from sustainability to international rail and the impact of autonomous vehicles, Roger will share his perspective on the future of rail.




Yarn-bombers knit giant technicolour dream coat for vintage locomotive at Walhalla

  • Posted On: 2 July 2019
A collective of industrious Gippsland knitters has banded together to 'yarn bomb' an historic train, in the hope of raising $230,000 to bring the vintage engine back to service.

It is estimated that it took two kilometres of knitting to cover the vintage locomotive in Walhalla in Victoria's east.

The fully-adorned locomotive, along with other yarn-bombing installations around the town and railway station, was unveiled on Saturday and will add a splash of colour to the historic goldmining town during the month of July.



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