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Examination indicates that ‘lubrication not speed’ caused 90mph Tornado’s April 14 failure on the East Coast Main Line; A4 misses ‘Great Britain XI’ tour; new Gresley P2 Prince of Wales donations pass £2 million mark, and Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway’s Samson returns – and the world watches online.
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Oliver Cromwell joins big Spring Bank Holiday Cotswold steam festival at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway; passenger numbers double since Broadway opening; appeal to repatriated Class 04 shunter from Italy; Vintage Trains nears £800K target to launch Train Operating Company; 9F returns to North Yorkshire Moors Railway 34 years on; Bo’ness to host ‘Caley Reunion’; Locomotion gifted pioneer high speed freight wagon; two Lynton & Barnstaple new builds to meet; UK’s ‘last’ pub railway under threat again and lucky Friday 13th for Princes Risborough extension.
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Steam Dreams launches nine-day Highlands & Islands tour; Swanage Railway mogul goes main line; Saphos runs first train; ‘Fellsman’ summer season opens and Tyseley move announcement sparks surge of interest in Duke of Gloucester.
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Don Benn reports on Tornado’s 90mph passenger-hauling debut.
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Royal Scot passing Conwy Castle with the first Saphos Trains steam railtour, by Robert Falconer.
Main Line Itinerary 66
Steam and heritage diesel railtours.
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Up & Running 94
Guide to railways running in May 2018.
The Month Ahead 106
‘Great Britain XI’ triumphs over adversity
With steam from King’s Cross to Victoria via Kyle of Lochalsh, Llandrindod Wells and Swanage, using seven different steam engines, this year’s ‘Great Britain’ tour was as ambitious as its predecessors. As Brian Sharpe reports, it was again a great success, if not quite as originally expected.
The last few years of BR steam were a fascinating time for young steam enthusiasts. John Bailey recalls holidays in the 1960s involving shed visits in various parts of Britain.
Third time lucky!
It is not often that a railway books a visiting engine for a gala which turns out to be unavailable and even rarer for its replacement to be unavailable as well. The third choice engine turned up though and Brian Sharpe reports on another successful event on the North Norfolk Railway.
Catalonia Railway Museum, Vilanova, Spain
Imagine a steam shed that closed with the doors shut and locked leaving behind a large variety of locomotives sitting over the pits and in the roundhouse? John Titlow reports on how, 10 years later with a small amount of maintenance, it opened as a museum – Museu del Ferrocarril de Catalunya, Vilanova i la Geltru.
Contents: LMS ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No. 45407 steams away from Fort William past Corpach with West Coast Railways’ ‘Easter Jacobite’ to Mallaig on April 1. KARL HEATH
Cover: SR Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35018 British India Line accelerates away from York with the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Great Britain XI’ on April 20. ROBERT FALCONER
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