Issue 235



Headline News
Steam driver shortage could hit tour operators; two major national awards for Barrow Hill roundhouse and its founder Mervyn Allcock; Severn Valley hits £2.5 million Bridgnorth share issue target with just hours to spare and WR 4-6-0 No. 7029 Clun Castle relaunched at Tyseley Locomotive Works.

Standard tank joins Severn Valley for biggest ever Santa season; industrial tank running again on Great Central; Government Minister backs decision to give LSWR T3 to Swanage – and an appeal to resteam it is now underway; Britain’s newest new-build for Warley National Model Railway Exhibition; rugby club breakthrough for Bala Lake extension; a volcano and Tornado for East Lancashire; three Ivatts to reunite for Isle of Wight gala; farewell to photographers Peter Gray and John Edgington; gala first for Gwili extension and threat to classic GWR footbridge.

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Main Line News
Flying Scotsman running again after wheel mishap; Tornado illegally filmed by drone; £30K a ticket for exclusive 12-day steam tour; Duke of Gloucester future assured; West Coast set for festive feast and Deltic departure delayed through brake failure.

With Full Regulator
Don Benn reports on Royal Scot’s trip to Worcester.


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Geoff Courtney’s regular column.

K1 No. 62005 on the West Highland ‘Jacobite’ by Karl Heath.

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Main Line Itinerary
Steam and heritage diesel railtours.

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Off the Shelf
Latest book and DVD releases.

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Up & Running
Guide to railways running in November and the festive season.

The Month Ahead


Steam over the fells farewell
As the clock ticked down to the end of BR steam, it was now concentrated in the North West. The northern outpost of this was Carlisle Kingmoor which still supplied steam to work over Shap summit. Maurice Burns reflects on his early adventures to Shap and the countdown to the closure of Carlisle Kingmoor, Workington and Tebay sheds and the end of steam over the fells on December 31, 1967.

Going behind the scenes
Most visitors to heritage lines see only their train, the buffet, shop and toilets, but there is far more to see on an organised tour behind the scenes. Peter Brown enjoyed such an experience on the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

A Lincolnshire phoenix
It seems inconceivable that a steam-worked narrow gauge railway would be built in the 1960s to fulfil a real passenger transport need, but as Mark Smithers reports, its new incarnation is more orientated towards preservation.

Contents: A GWR line-up at Tyseley with 4-6-0 No. 7029 Clun Castle flanked by Nos. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 5080 Defiant, 4965 Rood Ashton Hall and 0-6-0PT No. 9600. ROBERT FALCONER

Cover: Recently overhauled SECR O1 0-6-0 No. 65 passes Hazelden on the Bluebell Railway on September 1. NICK GILLIAM

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