Issue 226



Headline News       

David Smith’s Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35018 British India Line to become next main line star; Lynton & Barnstaple turn a major obstruction into profit; ‘Great Britain X’ line-up revised; Carnforth’s iconic Brief Encounter clock stops following a ‘race row’ and Bala Lake gets its first foothold in Bala.


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New Saint Lady of Legend ‘unlikely to go main line’; Farewell to West Somerset’s ‘No.1’ John Pearce; Great Central ‘Black Five’ booked for big Toddington festival; Dormans opens door for Flying Scotsman’s Easter Bluebell Railway visit; Beattie well tank returns ‘home’ to South Devon Railway; North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group and North Norfolk Railway share top Heritage Railway Association award; Bo’ness bid for £2 million steam facility; hurdles tumble as Llangollen marches into central Corwen; and go-ahead for Elsecar level crossings.

Main Line News    

Festive ‘Jacobite’ trains confirmed; Settle and Carlisle ‘Plandampf’ big hit with public; tour programme blitzed by cancellations and gauging issue forces Vintage Trains reshuffle.

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With Full Regulator 
Don Benn reports on performances by BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0s.


Geoff Courtney’s regular column.

Bristol waterfront at night by Karl Heath.

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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 March and early April.

The Month Ahead 


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