In Issue 246 of Heritage Railway magazine!

Headline News

Vintage Trains gets Train Operating Company status; Union of South Africa may run on North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a year; Duchess of Sutherland back in LMS crimson lake; Earl of Mount Edgcumbe to bow out at Tyseley 50 gala; and farewell to former Great Central managing director Bill Ford.


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EU gives £96K grant to Mid-Norfolk; new company formed to build Gresley V4; action from Welshpool and Richmond Light Railway galas; Great Central canal bridge appeal tops £250K; farewell to steam owner Dennis Howells; huge success of Mail Rail; 11 Class 50s to set record at Severn Valley gala; South Devon blocks cyclepath plan over safety and security fears; Mid-Suffolk stars work on extension; fresh initiative for Don Valley revival and an introduction to the East Wressle & Brind Railway;

Main Line News

Flying Scotsman set for first visit to Penzance; UK Railtours to mark Clan Line’s 70th anniversary with special train; Britannia set for main line tests; and Locomotive Services set to acquire InterCity 125 High Speed Train set.

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With Full Regulator
Don Benn reports on recent performances of A4 Pacific Union of South Africa.

Geoff Courtney’s regular column.

BR 7P 4-6-2 No. 70000 Britannia in full flight with a loaded test run on the Severn Valley Railway on September 12, as captured by John Titlow.

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Main Line Itinerary
Steam and heritage diesel railtours.

Where your views matter most.

Off the Shelf
Latest book and DVD releases.

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Up & Running
Guide to railways running in the autumn.


Confessions of a railway journalist
After years in the finance industry, and in a complete change of career direction, Brian Sharpe became assistant editor of Heritage Railway in 2002. This summer he stepped down to take a well-earned retirement, and over the following pages he recalls some of the preservation highlights he has witnessed and reported on over those 16 years.

East Somerset’s friendly line
Steve Roberts enjoys a warm welcome at the East Somerset Railway and finds a line which is going from strength to strength, with rising passenger numbers and an excellent reputation for steam locomotive and rolling stock restoration.

North Bay’s Edgar
Mark Smithers welcomes a distinctive addition to the ranks of Britain’s narrow gauge new-build steam locomotives – and also learns about the latest developments at North Bay Engineering Services.

Help Mission To Steam Singapore
Gareth Evans learns about Rocks by Rail-based Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST Singapore – a registered war memorial that saw active duty in the Far East in the Second World War – which the Rutland museum is hoping to return to steam if an appeal for £35,000 is successful.

The sunshine train!
Following his recent visit to Australia, Rodney Towers reports on a unique heritage railway project in Byron Bay, New South Wales, which claims to have developed the world’s first solar-powered train, a classic DMU which now runs on sunlight and has a zero fuel bill.

Simply the best!
Heritage Railway readers are being invited to own a stunning new book showcasing some of the finest lineside photography of the past four decades – while helping an international charity which cares for homeless children found living on and around stations and their platforms.

Contents: Double Pacific power side by side: LNER A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa passes unrebuilt Bulleid Battle of Britain No. 34081 92 Squadron at Wansford with the 9.40am train from Peterborough Nene Valley on September 2 during the line’s Steam in Green gala. BEN SCOTT

Cover: LMS Princess Coronation Pacific No. 6223 Duchess of Sutherland fresh from overhaul and all set to take the main line by storm again, is unveiled in its new crimson lake livery outside its West Shed home at Swanwick Junction at the Midland Railway-Butterley on September 9. ROBIN JONES

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