Issue 249



Headline News 6
■ NER 1903 electric autocar wins the HRA’s top honour
■ Vintage Trains’ ‘Polar Express’ heading for sell-out
■ Welsh Highland Railway flagship Russell back in Aberglaslyn Pass
■ BR 7P Britannia hauls its first main line charter in three years
■ Steam Dreams plans more Flying Scotsman trips during 2019
News 10
■ Flying Scotsman nameplate sale sets new world record
■ Bluebell, North Yorkshire Moors and Ffestiniog cottage win National Rail Heritage Awards
■ Oliver Cromwell boosts Great Central crowds for Last Hurrah gala
■ Betton Grange boiler now complete at Tyseley Locomotive Works
■ Standard 2MT No. 78022 back in traffic at Worth Valley after 17 years
■ New-build GWR Churchward 4-4-0 County frames cut
■ Bulleid double decker driving motor trailer sold
Main Line News 56
■ Could the Williams Review place main line heritage and charter operations at risk?
■ B1 Mayflower main line test run
■ February 9 date for Tornado main line return
■ Might Union of South Africa’s boiler ticket be extended?
With Full Regulator 64
Don Benn shares his experiences
of main line steam tours behind No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell in 2012


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Railwayana 52

Geoff Courtney’s regular column
Centre 54
An autumnal scene of Fairburn 2-6-4T No. 42073 taken by Ian Dixon during a photographic charter on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway
Main Line Itinerary 62
Steam and heritage diesel railtours
Off the Shelf 90
Latest book and DVD releases
Platform 92
Where your views matter most
Up & Running 94
Your guide to railways running in the autumn.
The Month Ahead 106


Railways remember the fallen
Gareth Evans reports on how the UK’s heritage railway sector marked the centenary of the end of the First World War – from respecting the two-minute silence to dedicated services of remembrance

Shildon’s Rising Star
Mark Smithers pays a visit to the Timothy Hackworth Industrial Estate in Shildon to see a future star of the heritage railway movement taking shape – the new-build G5 0-4-4T. It is seen as a versatile steam locomotive for heritage and main line operation.

Great Steam Engineers of the 19th Century Part 3: The 1830s
In the third part of his series about the dawn of steam, Brian Sharpe outlines how the larger railway companies moved towards establishing their own locomotive building facilities, headed by CMEs.

Strangers at Holbeck
Most steam sheds saw only the predictable classes of engines much of the time, but all had the occasional unusual visitor. The one-time LMS shed in Leeds was no exception. Gavin Morrison illustrates the variety of engines seen on Holbeck shed in its last few years of operation.

A volunteer’s journey
In the latest in our Volunteer’s Blog feature series, reader Bob Greenhalgh shares his experiences of 27 years of hands-on involvement with the Bala Lake Railway in north Wales and describes what the narrow gauge line has to offer a would-be volunteer.

Contents: Santa heads into town: GWR 4-6-0 No. 4965 Rood Ashton Hall crosses the viaduct into Birmingham Moor Street with the empty coaching stock for the afternoon Vintage Trains ‘Polar Express’ trip to the North Pole, aka Tyseley yard, on Friday, November 30. On one side the locomotive carried a facsimile nameplate from GWR No. 4005 Polar Star. At the rear of the train was Class 47 D1755 (47773), which hauled the outward leg to Tyseley. JOHN TITLOW
Cover: BR Standard Class 7 No. 70000 Britannia returned to the main line with the ‘The Welsh Borders Explorer’ excursion on December 2. Captured from a public foot crossing at Rednal, near Oswestry, the train took a circular route from Crewe via Telford and Stafford. SIMON KERRY

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