ISSUE 229

Headline News
Two Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacifics return to the main line on the same day; Flying Scotsman to appear at Didcot over August bank holiday weekend; more trackbed bought for Kent & East Sussex extension to join Rother Valley Railway and Great Central Railway’s CEO leaves after just 10 months.

News
Llangollen Railway’s Corwen push boosted by £128k Welsh Government grant for island platform; Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Broadway share issue beats target by £80k; the man who waited 83 years to ‘cab’ a P2; Beattie well tank comes home to Manchester after 143 years; new Mail Rail is no-go area for royal visitor; 90 years of steam over Romney Marsh; digital ‘first’ for Swanage diesel gala; HS2 to give Birmingham’s Curzon Street station a second life, Somerset & Dorset feel to West Somerset spring gala and Didcot celebrates 50 years of steam.

Main Line News
Trespassers stop Flying Scotsman in Gloucestershire; Union of South Africa stopped at York and Network Rail VIPs visit Tyseley to discuss expansion of Vintage Trains charters; Duchess of Sutherland to head ‘Scarborough Flyer’ and Alycidon for 100mph south coast trip.

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Railwayana
Geoff Courtney’s regular column.

Main Line Itinerary
Steam and heritage diesel railtours.

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Off the Shelf
Latest book and DVD releases.

Up & Running
Guide to railways running in June.

The Month Ahead

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