Category Archives: Bryandale Railway

Winter running on the Bryandale Railway

A neighbour’s request for trains to run so her grandson could see them rapidly grew into a long petition of locals wanting the same thing. So I agreed to a relatively rare winter outing for the Bryandale Railway to coincide with … Continue reading

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Bryandale Railway on tour 2016

Last week, the Bryandale Railway paid its bi-annual visit to Andrew Crookell’s line, which just gets better and better. There is still a lot to be done but it is turning into a real trail-blazer for what modelling can be … Continue reading

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Super Steam Sunday 2015

The Bryandale Railway Open Day 2015 – the first for several years – was a great success, with a lovely, warm day and something in excess of 1000 people passing the line – thanks to the village’s open gardens event … Continue reading

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News from the Bryandale Railway

It’s been quite a while since the last update on the B.R. There has been a rolling programme of repairs and upgrades going on intermittently for several months, the primary purpose being to have the line ready for the village’s … Continue reading

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Russell Returns

Just a few weeks after the original returned to steam on the Welsh Highland Railway, the Bryandale’s Russell also returned to traffic today, some three years after her last run. Despite being a little stiff in the joints, she managed … Continue reading

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Red Letter Day

The last day of the summer holidays, before the new school year starts tomorrow. Six months since the restoration of the Bryandale Railway began. A final flurry of P.W. work this morning finally closed the gap that reconnected Queen’s Forest … Continue reading

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(Don’t) spare the rod…

The past couple of weeks have been fairly quiet, partly due to annual holiday and partly the poor weather. More downpours today put paid to any hopes of preparatory clearance for phase three of the restoration project (which had been … Continue reading

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Various updates

Rebuilding progress has continued apace on the Bryandale Railway, so here are details of the two major projects from recent weeks. Following the re-profiling and relaying of the lower curve, the abutment was cast for the replacement bridge on the … Continue reading

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Penrhyn twins…

Crookell & Co. Permanent Way Engineers were on site today from Lincolnshire  to attend to the recalcitrant lower curve, which is rapidly acquiring for itself the nickname The Pit (amongst other less repeatable ones). The track was lifted and the track … Continue reading

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Phase 2 restoration complete

A few more days working in the scorching ‘Welsh’ (?) sun,  and the heavy work of re-opening phase two has paid off. The first train ran back to the terminus at Castell Bryan this afternoon. Linda undertook a proving run, … Continue reading

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