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The Hampshire Pullman – A New Journey for UK Railtours

We can announce a new railtour round southern England with UK Railtours, featuring lunch aboard the British Pullmans on Saturday 6th November 2021. See the UK Railtours website. The magical combination of the beautifully appointed Belmond British Pullman and Merchant Navy Pacific 35028 ‘Clan Line’ make this an unmissable luxury day out for you, your …

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A Loaded Test Run

We had not been out on the mainline for well over a year, our last trip being on 15th February 2020. In that time, where Covid-19 restrictions had allowed, we have done quite a bit of work on Clan Line, including replacing the white metal in the middle big end bearing. We had taken the …

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A New Railtour

Why not join us on a day trip to Margate? Pathfinder Railtours are organising a railtour to Margate on Saturday 3rd July 2021. The train will start in Newport, and pick up at Chepstow, Lydney, Gloucester, Stonehouse, Stroud, Kemble, Swindon, Didcot Parkway, Reading and Kensington Olympia. We will come on the front somewhere in the …

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Andy Davies

1941 – 2021 It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death, just before his eightieth birthday, of Andy Davies, our longstanding Chief Engineer. Andy’s early years were spent to the north of London, and he used to spend time at King’s Langley, watching the trains go by. He joined the MNLPS …

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New from Hornby

New from Hornby Gold-plated Clan Line In these rather depressing times, here’s something to cheer up all railway modellers, and Clan Line supporters. As we reported in August (see this news page, Hornby are celebrating their centenary, and, as part of that, they have produced a limited edition model where all the exterior metal parts …

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2021 Programme

We can now announce some of our planned programme for 2021. Our UK Railtours trip from Kings Cross to Norwich on 24th April has been joined by several journeys for Belmond. Have a look at our Diary Dates page. All dates are subject to change. We are also in discussions with several tour operators about …

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Train Simulator

Now you can drive a virtual Clan Line Bossman Games have announced a Clan Line add-on to the recently released Train Simulator 2021 by Dovetail Games. You can see more detail at their website.

The Merchant of Norfolk

We are pleased to announce this re-arranged tour in association with UK Railtours, on Saturday 24th April 2021. We will be taking Clan Line on a springtime visit to Norfolk. This will be Clan Line’s first ever visit to Norwich. Our outward route takes us from Victoria, picking up at Highbury & Islington and Broxbourne, …

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‘OO’ Gauge Clan Line

Hornby are celebrating their centenary, and, as part of that, they have produced a limited edition model where all the exterior metal parts have been plated in 18ct gold. With each locomotive there is a wooden plinth fitted with an 18ct gold track piece, plus a numbered certificate authenticating that the model is just one …

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Coronavirus

We are still here, but there hasn’t been much to report recently. However, the restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus are starting to ease. In March, when we knew that we weren’t going to be using the engine for a while, we laid it up. This mainly involved opening up the boiler, draining it, and …

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Postponed

Because of the current Coronavirus outbreak, UK Railtours have decided that they will have to postpone the Merchant of Norfolk, which was due to run on Saturday 18th April 2020 hauled by Clan Line. Whilst we are obviously disappointed, we fully support their decision. It has also been confirmed that the Belmond Surrey Hills which …

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John Adams RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that John Adams passed away last night, 12th April, at home with his family, after a long illness. John had been an active member of the society for well over thirty years. He was a very talented engineer who was willing and able to turn …

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We’re Almost Ready

We are almost ready for our first railtour of 2019, a Surrey Hills luncheon for Belmond, on Friday 8th March. The boiler inspector has been for the official annual steam test, and he pronounced himself satisfied. As we have previously reported, we have been refurbishing the motion bushes on the driver’s side of the locomotive. …

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The Testing Has Started

Specialist Coatings (GB) Limited have completed their work of treating the inside of our tender tank to give it at least another thirty of life. Even though most people will never see all this work, the results are still very important to the preservation of the locomotive. The difference in the internal appearance is quite …

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2018 AGM – Date Announced

First details of this year’s Annual General Meeting have been announced. It will be held at 1pm on Saturday 30th June 2018 at the Bluebell Railway. More details will be announced closer to the date.

Another Great Tour – Despite the Weather – The Torbay Express

Sunday dawned, and, as the forecast had predicted, the weather turned sour. We departed Saint Philip’s Marsh depot about five minutes early. However, having lost time during the shunting moves, departure from Bristol Temple Meads was six minutes late. Taunton arrival time was five minutes later than scheduled, and, after watering and pulling coal forward, …

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2017 AGM – A Superb model of Clan Line

The MNLPS held their 2017 AGM at the 7¼” gauge Mizens Railway, near Woking, in Surrey. Cliff Perry brought along his fine working model of Clan Line for members to admire and ride behind. Some of the passengers may be “Out of Gauge”, though. See some photographs of this wonderful model

The Golden Arrow – Another anniversary rail tour from UK Railtours

UK Railtours have announced another anniversary railtour, on Wednesday 13th September 2017, featuring the Belmond British Pullmans, marking fifty years since the end of steam on the Southern. The Golden Arrow was without doubt one of the world’s most famous named trains, the means by which discerning customers travelled between London and Paris before the …

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Some of our plans for 2017 – The Atlantic Coast Express, and others

The MNLPS and LNWR Crewe are working towards “Clan Line” being a complete loco around the end of March. We have specifications prepared for light and loaded test runs from Crewe in springtime, plus a simple ‘return south’ charter afterwards. Whilst we have specified dates, there is always the danger of slippage should any problems …

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