Month: August 2020

Rapido HO RSC-14 – Canadian National – Pre-Order

Vendor: Rapido
Type: Alco Locomotive
Price: 0.00

MSRP : $225.00 DCC Ready, $335.00 ESU Loksound DCC/Sound

Pre-Order Price: $190.99 DCC Ready, $283.99 ESU Loksound DCC/Sound

Stock Due TBD 2021, Pre-Orders Cutoff TBD

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Updated: August 12, 2020 — 8:19 pm

Rapido HO RS-18u – CP Rail/New Brunswick East Coast/Ontario Southland/Ottawa Central/Minnesota Commercial/Bath & Hammondsport/WNY&P – Pre-Order

Vendor: Rapido
Type: Alco Locomotive
Price: 0.00

MSRP : $225.00 DCC Ready, $335.00 ESU Loksound DCC/Sound

Pre-Order Price: $190.99 DCC Ready, $283.99 ESU Loksound DCC/Sound

Non-CP Roadnames are "CONDITIONAL UPON ENOUGH PRE-SALE"

Stock Due TBD 2021, Pre-Orders Cutoff TBD

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Source: MaineModelworks

Updated: August 12, 2020 — 8:06 pm

August Bank holiday upgrades – improving your railway around Liverpool

We’ve made lots of improvements to your railway in the Liverpool area in the past few years – and we’re getting ready for more this August bank holiday.

We’re going to upgrade more of the area’s signals – basically the traffic lights of the railway – to help give you better and more reliable journeys with fewer delays and cancellations. It’s part of the Great North Rail Project, a big programme of investment and improvements to travel in the north of England.

Welcome back

Our essential upgrades worth £105m across Britain this bank holiday come as we’re welcoming everyone back to the railway. The work will help us give you better and more reliable journeys for the long term.

Some train services will be different as we carry out our work between 29 and 31 August but most will run as normal.

Please check your journey in advance with your train operator or on National Rail Enquiries. You can also follow #AugustBHWorks on Twitter.

Liverpool Lime Street station, where we completed big improvements in 2018

Remember you must wear a face covering during your journey unless you’re exempt from the Government’s rules. For example, if you have a visible or hidden disability, or breathing difficulties.

You can read more about face coverings and exemptions here.

What’s happening near Liverpool?

A modern Rail Operating Centre

Our latest the Great North Rail Project works. We’re moving the control of some signalling from Ditton, near Liverpool, to a modern signalling centre (Rail Operating Centre) in Manchester.

Rail Operating Centres make it easier and faster for signallers to respond to problems on the railway and reroute trains to get you moving again.

We’ll divert trains onto different routes during our upgrade to keep services running in and out of Liverpool.

What’s the Great North Rail Project?

It’s one of our biggest engineering projects in Britain. We’re improving rail links across the north of England with faster, more frequent and more reliable train services. You’ll have bigger trains with more seats, giving you more comfortable journeys.

It will mean that, in normal times, we’ll give you 2,000 extra services in the region a week and enable 40,000 more passengers to travel each day.

Our Liverpool City Region upgrade is a significant part of the broader project.

It includes big improvements to Liverpool Lime Street Station, where we’ve lengthened platforms and enabled three new services an hour. In June 2018, we opened the brand-new railway station, Maghull North in Merseyside.

Click on the gallery to see our team upgrading Liverpool Lime Street in 2017 and 2018 and the new Maghull North station:

Separately from our August bank holiday works, we’re upgrading platforms at lots of stations in and around the Liverpool area to prepare for new, bigger Merseyrail trains. We’re changing the height of station platforms and realigning track so the new trains’ sliding step can meet the platform edge.

This will give unassisted access to all passengers. It will especially help wheelchair users, passengers with mobility difficulties and those with bikes, luggage or pushchairs. Read about the Access for All programme to improve accessibility on the railway across Britain.

Other recent improvements include:

Find out more about our changes as part of the Liverpool City Region upgrade here.

Read more:

Upgrading your railway this August bank holiday

Delays demystified – planned engineering works

How we’re helping you travel during coronavirus

Planned works

Find out more about how to wear and make a face covering.

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Top five rail trips this summer

Our railway offers a wealth of striking journeys – as seen in the new series The Architecture the Railways Built.

Here are our top five places to visit as we welcome everyone back to the railway:

We’re helping you use the railway confidently – with a range of measures to keep you safe during coronavirus. They include extra staff to help guide you through stations, and vending machines at Britain’s biggest stations, where you can buy face coverings and hand sanitiser.

You must wear a face covering for the full duration of your journey on public transport in England, Scotland and Wales. Find out more about face coverings and exemptions here.

The Ffestiniog Railway

Click on the gallery to see more images of The Ffestiniog Railway

Pictures one and two from The Ffestiniog Railway.

It’s almost 200 years old, climbs more than 700 feet from sea level into the Welsh mountains and is just 13 and a half miles long.

We’re proud to share close ties with The Ffestiniog Railway – the world’s oldest narrow-gauge railway and just one of the stories featured in The Architecture the Railway Built on Yesterday.

This living museum stretches from the harbour in Porthmadog, Gwynedd to historic slate mining town Blaenau Ffestiniog in Merionethshire, passing through forests and waterfalls and chugging round a complete spiral on the way.

The Architecture the Railways Built – The Ffestiniog Railway

The Architecture the Railways Built – interview with presenter Tim Dunn

The Scottish Highlands

Click on the gallery to see more images of the Highlands

Take the West Highland Line from Glasgow Queen Street to some of Scotland’s most famous scenery.

ScotRail runs a train service all the way through Fort William, Glenfinnan and the old fishing port of Mallaig – today a popular tourist destination.

Bonnie Prince Charlie put Glenfinnan on the map in 1745 when he arrived in Scotland from France to raise an army against the Scottish government.

Today, Glenfinnan attracts swathes of visitors – particularly Harry Potter film fans – to see the iconic viaduct next to Loch Shiel.

The Jacobite steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig via Glenfinnan from April to September.

Passengers can hop off at the classically restored Glenfinnan railway station, which now houses the Glenfinnan Station Museumleave their luggage with staff and explore the local area.

Soon, those travelling through Glasgow Queen Street will enjoy an even better start to their journeys – we’re turning the terminus into a bigger, brighter station.

The National Railway Museum

Click on the gallery to see more images. Image credit – The National Railway Museum.

Take a trip to the historic walled city of York and discover some of Britain’s most important railway artefacts at The National Railway Museum, including what was once the country’s busiest signal box.

Network Rail has donated original bricks from the foundations of Borough Market Junction signal box, which moved from London to the National Railway Museum in 1976.

Our donation will help the latest phase of the box’s restoration – an approximately £40,000 project to move it indoors, build a new base and provide access for visitors. Once completed, the box will once again sit at its original height.

Settle-Carlisle line

Another star of The Architecture the Railways Built is the Settle–Carlisle line is one of the world’s most stunning stretches of railway. Enjoy views of the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbrian Fells. You’ll see Victorian architecture, remote station buildings and imposing bridges like the Ribblehead Viaduct, which you can see in this film above.

The Architecture the Railways Built – Ribblehead Viaduct

The Borders Railway

The Borders Railway. Picture credit – Bruce Ball.

When the Borders Railway opened in 2015 it reconnected local communities with Scotland’s capital by rail for the first time since 1969.

The 30-mile route – the UK’s longest new domestic line in more than 100 years – reversed a controversial closure that had left “a profound sense of sadness” in its wake, according to Bruce Ball, author of The Spirit of the Borders Railway.

Today, the scenic line takes passengers between Tweedbank and Edinburgh in less than an hour. The Borders Railway describes direct transport links as integral to tourism in Scotland, linking the south east of Scotland with rail and air travel across Britain.

Read more:

The Architecture the Railways Built – interview with presenter Tim Dunn

Proud to support The Railway Heritage Trust

People and the railway: The Railway Heritage Trust

Film: The railway at war – 1914-1918

Our historic railway: seven discoveries

Film: Discover the Network Rail archive

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