To commemorate the return of the legendary Flying Scotsman to the rails of the United Kingdom, Banbury Connections was able to allow a special heritage run of the locomotive hauling the South Yorkshireman from London Marylebone to Bradford Exchange. A video of the run can be found below.
There appears to have been an adverse takeover at Banbury Connections by a group of 2012 train operating companies (TOCs). Please follow the instructions contained in 'STN 2 Modern' under the tab 'Special Traffic Notices' until such time as the old order is restored.
The railway performed well with the aid of dedicated staff despite a few problems with sun damaged points.
Secret project Woodside has taken shape with the assistance of additional staff in the painting of the new structure. Project Woodside is a project which requires the completion of a large dome train shed over Birkenhead Woodside Station.
Operations commenced today on Banbury Connections. This was the first session since the shed repairs took place. The railway ran well with only a few minor teething problems needing to be solved including an diamond crossing replacement under traffic!
The dynamic duo Mallard and Flying Scotsman spotted at Bradford Exchange today as services prepare to resume.
Stratford-Upon-Avon reflects its Shakespearian heritage in the 400th year since the death of the famous playwright.
During the recent shed repairs, the entire roof was removed from the train room. This left the railway exposed to UV light. As a result, some of the older items of railway infrastructure suffered severe damage. Points, carriages and a turntable were all severely damaged, requiring a significant write down. Notably, four carriages from the Pudding (The South Yorkshireman) were damaged.
Following shed repair completion, the railway should be fully operational again next week.
Shed builders have replaced the damaged roof and wall sections over the last couple of days. We are now waiting on the electrician to arrive before the railway is restored to running order. The photo below shows the roof off with the offending gum tree in the background.
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