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Flying Scotsman nameplate for auction; North Yorkshire Moors Railway to star in a second TV series; Middleton Railway hit by warehouse ‘arson’; new Southwold Railway 2-4-0 to be built in Darlington; diesels replace steam over lineside fires fear in heatwave; and Amberley’s Bagnall Peter celebrates 100th birthday.

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Action from the Track to the Trenches Armistice centenary gala at Apedale; final push to complete Princes Risborough track changes in time for August 15 main line interchange opening; Cleethorpes Coast announces southern extension; council tourism chief slams Kent & East Sussex-Rother Valley link project; world’s first preserved locomotive Invicta given new Whitstable home; ladies handed top posts at Bluebell and Llangollen; Aln Valley bags £146K grant; Leighton Buzzard marks its 50th anniversary; and steam inside Rutland’s Ketton Cement works.

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Mayflower owner David Buck acquires Steam Dreams; ashes of Flying Scotsman saviour Alan Pegler to be thrown into its firebox on Stoke Bank; Scotsman heads into Cornwall; and Vintage Trains on verge of obtaining TOC licence.

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Don Benn reports on heavy loads, including some recent notable performances by ‘Black Five’
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Geoff Courtney’s regular column.

Centre 54

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Mark Wilkins’ panorama of the ‘Blue King’ passing Waterside on the Dartmouth Steam Railway.

Main Line Itinerary 62

Steam and heritage diesel railtours.

Platform      92

Where your views matter most.

Up & Running        94

Guide to heritage railways running in August.

The Month Ahead  106


Autocar – The first modern traction

The redisdcovered 115-year-old ‘missing link’ between the steam and diesel ages will debut in the coming weeks with the culmination of a ground-breaking 15-year project, reports Andrew Rapacz.

Hunslet 125 highlights

The Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway celebrated the 125th birthday of two members of its popular steam locomotive fleet in style with a special three-day gala event, which brought together a large gathering of Hunslets, engaging them on a host of duties in what is a narrow gauge paradise. Gareth Evans reports.

1T57: The fabled final curtain!

Sunday, August 11, 1968, marked the end of British Rail steam haulage on the national network, when the legendary ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ was immortalised by the headcode 1T57. Trevor Gregg, who was there to record it on camera, continues his story about the demise of main line steam.

1T57: In search of that last steam photo

Maurice Burns remembers in words and pictures the day when he visited the Settle and Carlisle line to record the end of an era which had transformed our modern global society, and also looks at subsequent anniversary runs leading up to this August’s major Great Central Railway End of Steam Gala.

50 years since the 82 return of steam!

While steam was fast disappearing from the main line in early summer 1968, it was returning with a vengeance to a Yorkshire branch. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway held a stunning eight-day gala to celebrate its half century. Report by Robin Jones and Gareth Evans.

Surrey’s steamy    88 wonderland main line is 50!

Five weeks after BR steam haulage ended, classic engines were entertaining crowds again, at Surrey’s magnificent Great Cockcrow Railway, writes Robin Jones.

Contents: Spending the summer on hire from Tyseley Locomotive Works, GWR London Transport-liveried pannier tank no. L94 runs above the beach huts at Goodrington Sands with the 10.45pm to Kingswear on July 14. KARL HEATH

Cover: GWR 4-6-0 No.6023 King Edward II climbs the bank at Goodrington on the Dartmouth Steam Railway, working the 4.30pm Paignton-Kingswear service during the KingsBeer Festival on July 14. COLIN WALLACE

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