Issue 247



Headline News

■ Crowds welcome Flying Scotsman’s inaugural Cornish visit.

Article continues below…

Enjoy more Heritage Railway reading in the four-weekly magazine.
Click here to subscribe & save.

■ DB Meiningen to design boiler for P2 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

■ LMS Patriot to leave Llangollen Railway.

■ Flood defence works boost Bala town extension.

Article continues below…

■ Vintage Trains runs its first official trains as a Train Operating Company.


■ Great Central commemorates 1948 Locomotive Exchanges at gala.

Article continues below…

■ Stanier 8F to be named in honour of Sir William McAlpine.

Bahamas back in action after 21-year absence. Now set for main line.

Tornado and Flying Scotsman storm the Nene Valley side-by-side.

Article continues below…

■ NER Q6 marks centenary at big North Yorkshire Moors gala.

■ Llangollen steps into the breach to help West Somerset gala with 4MT.

■ NRM offers Rocket as 3D
printer-ready model to download.

■ Dartmouth Steam Railway to run US-style Train of Lights for Christmas.

Main Line News

■ Riley & Son to run steam trips.

■ Tyseley reveals its plans after main line operating licence granted.

■ A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa battles delays to reach Swanage.

■ Deltic ‘Pinza’ back on Waverley Route 50 years on.

With Full Regulator

A variety of steam trips over the Settle and Carlisle are the focus of this month’s column by Don Benn


Subscribe Today

Geoff Courtney’s regular column.

J27 0-6-0 No. 65894 looks at home on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway by Chris Gee.

Main Line Itinerary
Steam and heritage diesel railtours.

Off the Shelf
Latest book and DVD releases.

Where your views matter most.

Up & Running
Your guide to railways running in the autumn.

The Month Ahead


West Coast super power takes over Severn Valley 

This year’s Severn Valley Railway September 20-23 autumn steam gala has been described as the event of the year, featuring no less than three express passenger locomotives in Royal Scot, Duchess of Sutherland and Britannia. A fortnight later, the SVR marked the 50th anniversary of the Class 50s with the October 4-6 diesel gala, reports Robin Jones.

Welsh Highland at 21      

Gareth Evans reports on the Super-Power 2018 gala celebrating the commencement of Welsh Highland trains between Dinas and Caernarfon in 1997, which included the visit of Baldwin Lyn – and he also gets a look inside the line’s impressive new northern terminus

 How the steam age began       

Brian Sharpe looks back to the beginnings of steam traction. In the first of a new series, he investigates the background to how the position of chief mechanical engineer came about in the early days of steam power – leading to the evolution of steam locomotive design.

History made as duo run together at last

The eagerly-awaited sight of replica new-build Baldwin 2-4-2T Lyn and Manning Wardle 2-6-2T Lyd running together for the first time took place at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway’s September 29-30 autumn steam gala. Robin Jones reports.

Tyseley: Here’s to the next 50… and more!

The weekend of September 29-30 saw Tyseley Locomotive Works celebrate the 50th anniversary of its first open day. Robin Jones encountered a fresh atmosphere of euphoria as Vintage Trains embarks on its new role as a TOC.

Getting my hands dirty

In the first of a new feature series focusing on volunteering, Gareth Evans shares his experience of his first day learning to drive a diesel locomotive at Cambrian Heritage Railways and also reflects on his 28 years of supporting heritage lines in a practical sense as a volunteer.

Contents: History is made as LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 Flying Scotsman enters Cornwall for the first time ever, heading Steam Dreams’ ‘Cathedrals Express’ to Penzance over Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge spanning the River Tamar at Saltash on the murky afternoon of Saturday, October 6. See Headline News, pages 6 and 7. TIM SYMONS

Cover: Visiting from the East Lancashire Railway, unrebuilt Bulleid West Country light Pacific No. 34092 City of Wells passes Woodthorpe on its way to Quorn & Woodhouse with the 1.45pm service from Loughborough to Leicester North on October 7, during the Great Central Railway’s autumn steam gala. SIMON WEBB

Subscribe to Heritage Railway Magazine Enjoy more Heritage Railway reading in the four-weekly magazine. Click here to subscribe.

Article Tags:

About the Author