The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP, the Japanese Ambassador to the UK, Koji Tsuruoka and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Andrew Percy MP were among other invited guests yesterday to see the first British-built Intercity Express train unveiled at the Hitachi Rail Europe site in Newton Aycliffe.
The visit comes as hopes that the North East could win the contract to build the trains for the HS2 rail link at the factory were given a boost recently when Mr Grayling said that the Government would ensure that the trains were built in the UK. The tender process will take place towards the end of the decade.
The trains will run on the £55 billion rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds and the Department of Transport have confirmed that trains will also run to Darlington, Durham and Newcastle using the East Coast Main Line between Newcastle and York.
The trains will be 200 metres long with the possibility of connecting two trains to produce a 400-metre-long train with 1,100 seats.
It was full steam ahead this weekend as visitors and rail enthusiasts came to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to enjoy the Autumn Steam Weekend. The line runs from Pickering to Whitby and is one of the most picturesque railways that still has steam locomotives running. I headed to the village of Grosmont to see what they were getting steamed up about…
Work continued in earnest this morning at the engine sheds of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the small Yorkshire village of Grosmont. The work was to prepare the steam locomotives ‘Chiru‘ and ‘Eric Treacy‘ for a short ceremony to mark the construction of a second platform at Whitby train station. This second platform will now provide passengers with more options for travel to reach the popular Yorkshire seaside town.
Whitby is at the end of the line on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This hugely popular railway remains the only heritage railway in the UK that runs over both the Network Rail lines and the heritage line. The line runs for 18 miles between Pickering and Grosmont Stations, and then for a further 6 miles to Whitby. It was first opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway and was planned in 1831 by George Stephenson as a way of opening up further trade routes from the sea port of Whitby.
The two locomotives arrived in Whitby station, under steam, before moving into position side by side – the first time this has happened at Whitby in half a century.
TECHNICAL STUFF: All photographs in this set were made with a Leica M9 with a 50mm f2 Summicron lens and a Fuji X Pro 1 with an f2 18mm (28mm equivalent) lens. Editing and black and white conversion was carried out using Lightroom 5.5
The steam locomotive ‘Dominion of Canada’ arrives at the National Railway Museum on May 29, 2013 in York, England. The locomotive travelled down from the NRM’s sister museum in Shildon in County Durham after undergoing a £37k restoration after being brought over from Canada. It will initially form part of a display with two other locomotives, the ‘Dwight D Eisenhower’ and the ‘Mallard’. This year marks the 75th anniversary since the Mallard broke the world speed record in 1938 reaching speeds of 126 mph. The display in York will bring the all three locomotives together for the first time.
This is the start of a series of events to celebrate the Mallard’s world record and in July the Mallard, along with its five surviving sister A4 locomotives will mark the anniversary by gathering together around the Great Hall turntable at York. These locomotives include the three operational A4s – Sir Nigel Gresley, Union of South Africa and Bittern plus the Dwight D Eisenhower, Dominion of Canada and Mallard.
More info on the ‘Great Gathering’ at the museum can be seen here…. NRM York