6 Headline News
Preservation giant Sir William McAlpine makes his final journey behind a steam locomotive after his death at 82; help save the Severn Valley Railway’s Falling Sands Viaduct; new operator Saphos runs first passenger train.
First trains into Broadway run for Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway volunteers; Oliver Cromwell makes farewell main line run in the snow; new plan to restore Matlock to Buxton for freight and heritage trains; new £7.2 million Being Brunel museum opens in Bristol; lease for London waterworks railway signed; Princes Risborough interchange moves closer; ‘Red Devil’ comeback 15 years on; auction house livid over rare Underground map theft during viewing; May wheeling for new P2 and Lynton & Barnstaple gets green light for £16.5 million extension.
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56 Main Line News
Duke of Gloucester joins Vintage Trains as Tyseley’s £800K share issue for Train Operating Company plan nears target; ‘Brighton Belle’ Pullman train set for September main line tests, and TPWS problem on A1 Pacific Tornado fixed.
64 With Full Regulator
Don Benn reports on the Bulleid Pacific performances on the Southern Region.
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68 Main Line Itinerary
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92 Off the Shelf
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94 Up & Running
Guide to railways running in May 2018.
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48 The brilliant ‘Mr Bill’
The heritage sector has been in mourning after the death of one of its greatest benefactors, Sir William McAlpine. Best known for rescuing Flying Scotsman from the US, Robin Jones looks back at the life and achievements of this remarkable powerhouse of preservation.
70 Statfold’s museum in a million!
Classic narrow gauge locomotives never die. Wherever in the world they extinguish their last fire, they are whisked away to the great steam hereafter also known at the Statfold Barn Railway. Robin Jones reports on the stunning new museum, opened to showcase the magnificent fleet.
76 Severn Valley beats
Some attractions closed their doors because of the second March wintry spell, but not the Severn Valley Railway. When snow and ice covered much of the West Midlands during the line’s spring steam gala, staff and volunteers ensured the trains ran, report Robin Jones and John Titlow.
82 Tram man puts rail
vehicles back on track
A major challenge faced by heritage railways, railways and transport museums across the country is how to bring to life displays of locomotives, carriages and trams. Hugh Dougherty meets a man who lets visitors know what they did, how they worked and what it was like to travel on them.
88 Tracking down the trust
For 30 years an organisation has been busy securing the heritage infrastructure of Britain’s national railway system. Peter Brown meets Andy Savage, director of the Railway Heritage Trust.