Issue 243



Headline News       6

West Coast Railways saves the day in ‘takeover’ of Windermere branch after Northern Rail services halted; Former Hornby HQ now houses full-size electric trains as well as A4 Bittern; Talyllyn runs live on internet; touts selling tickets for Flying Scotsman Nene Valley specials and an MBE for Railworld volunteer.

News  10

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Passenger train back at Slaggyford after 42 years; Stephenson’s Rocket back in home town; Channel 4 show brings four coaches back from the dead; new head for Locomotion; MP angers Rother Valley-KESR link supporters; Churchward centenarian returns to Severn Valley service; Chasewater celebrates 50 years; Princes Risborough main line interchange opening; Seaton Tramway opens new terminus; builder sought for new Gresley P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales boiler and Calder Valley DMU steals the show at the Llangollen Railway gala.

Main Line News     56

Vintage Trains tops £800k target to launch new Train Operating Company; new main line DMU services running into Corfe Castle; Union of South Africa is back and Railway Touring Company cancels end of Southern steam special.

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With Full Regulator 64

Don Benn reports on Clan Line’s stunning performance on the ‘Torbay Express’.


Subscribe Today    30

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Centre         54
Oliver Cromwell on Stanway viaduct.

Main Line Itinerary 68
Steam and heritage diesel railtours.

Railwayana   70
Geoff Courtney’s regular column.

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Platform      82
Where your views matter most.

Off the Shelf         92
Latest book and DVD releases.

Up & Running        94
Guide to the railways running in July 2018.

The Month Ahead  106


The final week of BR steam      44

BR steam came to an end on Sunday, August 4, 1968. Trevor Gregg remembers the final week of steam operations and the specials that ran to mark the end of steam.

‘End of Steam  Commemorative Railtour’       52

Several railtours were run to mark the end of BR steam on August 4, 1968. Chris Scott, then aged 22, travelled on one of the trains and this is his account of the day, written soon after the event.

Driver for a Fiver   72

Gareth Evans talks to eight heritage railways operating low-cost driver experience courses for £20 and under and learns about their approaches and what they can offer would-be participants in the hope of inspiring others to ‘have a go’.

Eardington 150      78

One of the Severn Valley Railway’s forgotten gems recently celebrated its milestone with an open weekend. Paul Appleton went along to find out more.

Boom times at Broadway!      84

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s opening of the long-awaited northern extension to Broadway has reaped rich dividends for the heritage line. Robin Jones visited the landmark Give My Regards To Broadway spring bank holiday Cotswold Festival of Steam.

 Three Island Ivatts      88

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway celebrated the restoration of three Ivatt locomotives. Brian Sharpe reports on the gala weekend that saw the three 2MTs in steam together for the first time.

Contents: LSWR O2 0-4-4T No. 24 Calbourne along with Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2Ts Nos. 41298 and 41313 and 2-6-0 No. 46447 at Havenstreet during the Three Island Ivatts gala weekend on May 28. NICK GILLIAM

Cover: LNER A4 Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa rounds the curve out of Bury Bolton Street station on the East Lancashire Railway on June 10. BRIAN DOBBS

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