National Collection GWR heavy freight locomotive gifted to Swindon’s STEAM museum; North Yorkshire Moors gets £4.6 million Lottery cash; main line-bound Swanage mogul saves summer steam timetable after collision and council backs Churnet Valley Leek extension.
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Severn Valley spends £1 million on stopping fresh landslide; Mail Rail opens; first wheelset for new P2 ready; preservation powerhouse Susan Youell dies; Snaefell Mountain Railway services suspended; memorial for hero steam driver moves closer; Llangollen goes back to school; public gives £42K for vandalised teak train; Jurassic to haul first passenger train in 32 years; Repton returns to Moors action and steam back at Leadhills.
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Main Line News
Locomotive Services becomes Train Operating Company; Swanage mogul earmarked for ‘Great Britain XI’; final run of Scots Guardsman; Steam Dreams may use Oliver Cromwell before ticket expires and late October relaunch for Clun Castle.
With Full Regulator
Don Benn reports on Duchess of Sutherland’s run from Tyseley to Minehead.
Scots Guardsman at Ais Gill by Dave Rodgers.
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 September.
The Month Ahead
50 years ago, the last regular expresses to be hauled by pre-Nationalisation express steam engines came to an end on the Settle & Carlisle line. It was to be 13 years before the line saw the return of an LMS Jubilee but 50 years on from the withdrawal of the last three of the class, this has once again become commonplace. Brian Sharpe examines the long and ongoing relationship between Stanier’s express 4-6-0s and England’s most scenic main line railway.
Warwickshire: an important Manning Wardle survivor
Industrial steam locomotives played an important role in the early days of even our largest heritage lines. Mark Smithers reports on the interesting history and heavy overhaul of a saddle tank which has spent 50 years on the Severn Valley Railway.
Steaming to Bundoran: 60 years ago this summer
The railways on the west coast of Ireland were decimated long before those on the mainland. Hugh Dougherty revisited Bundoran Junction, and recalls a journey on the Great Northern Railway of Ireland just before it closed.
LMS 4-6-0 No. 46115 Scots Guardsman departs from Frodsham and crosses the River Weaver with the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Welsh Mountaineer’ returning from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Preston on July 25. KARL HEATH
Cover: LMS 4-6-0 No. 46115 Scots Guardsman passes Billington with Statesman Rail’s ‘Fellsman’ on August 1. DAVID PRICEEnjoy more Heritage Railway reading in the four-weekly magazine. Click here to subscribe.