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LSWR T3 gifted to Swanage Railway by National Railway Museum may steam again; new threat to Scarborough steam charters; entire stock from closed Electric Railway Museum finds new homes; Wensleydale in line for £380K Lottery grant and three Ivatts to reunite at Isle of Wight gala.


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UK-built Garratt ‘no sale’ after news blackout lifted; after 52 years, hero steam train driver to be honoured with memorial; Barrow Hill reopened after £1.4 million refit; staff trapped as huge blaze ravages railway museum; Talyllyn launches £200K open coaches appeal; mugger gets seven years for robbing photographer; new home for Darlington Locomotive Works; The Great Marquess retires to Scotland; minister may decide on Wolverton Works; tourism award kick-starts Severn Valley gala, and tribute to Roland Kennington: Flying Scotsman engineer extraordinaire.

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Green British India Line stopped on debut passenger run; Tornado’s ‘Border Raider’ diverted; Four Castles for Tyseley; new name for Steam Dreams; rail partnership commits to Stranraer steam.

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Don Benn reports on Clan Line’s performance on the ‘Atlantic Coast Express’.


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Contents: LMS Princess Coronation Pacific No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland heads empty stock from York to Scarborough past Kirkham Abbey for Steam Dreams’ ‘Moors & Dales Explorer’ which it will later take to London, on September 18. CHRIS GEE

Cover: SR Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35018 British India Line passes Gargrave on its first passenger run in preservation on September 30. ANDREW SOUTHWELL


The cold North wind

The autumn of 1967 saw the end of steam on the Eastern Region and at the great railway centre of Crewe. BR also introduced a ban on privately-owned steam engines. Brian Sharpe recounts not only how BR’s steam operations rapidly contracted as the final curtain approached but also how many now-famous locomotives were being saved.

Colossus of conservation

The world has been in mourning for East Somerset Railway founder David Shepherd, who died aged 86 on September 19. After becoming an international wildlife artist and later a leading conservationist, he also bought two steam ‘beasts’ from British Rail in 1967 and helped transform our rail landscape, writes Robin Jones.

New Yankee Jewel in the Exmoor crown

With the debut of new-build 2-4-2T Lyn, the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway now has a complete ‘original’ train. Mission accomplished, writes Robin Jones.

Midlands remembers Southern steam 50

Commemorations marking the 50th anniversary of the end of steam on the Southern Region continue to capture the public imagination big time – with the Great Central Railway seeing a 33% increase in visitor numbers for its autumn steam gala, writes Robin Jones.

Forty years of Deltic delight

Early October saw half of the preserved production Deltic fleet drawing the crowds at the Bluebell Railway, which for so long was a no-go area for diesels, writes Robin Jones.

The shining light at the end of the Central Line…

It could be reasoned that the original Great Eastern Railway, and latterly the London Transport line linking Epping to Ongar that closed in 1994, would not have that many railway skeletons in its closet. Heritage Railway troubadour writer, photographer and regular at the present day Epping and Ongar Railway, Geoff Silcock, disagrees.

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