ISSUE 237

News

Headline News
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs first train into Broadway station; new P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales to be wheeled in the spring; Severn Valley Railway to build five boilers for the Isle of Man Railway; new trust may take over WD 2-10-0 Dame Vera Lynn.

News
Battle to save £18 million Great Central Railway museum at Leicester North after Lottery pulls the plug on funding; final tribute to heroic railwayman Wallace Oakes; first steam passenger trains over Alnwick branch; Totnes Quay branch ‘rediscovered’ beneath street; Dave Knowling, world’s longest serving steam driver, dies; Ryde-Newport steam services a possibility; USA tank in Longmoor Military Railway livery; council sounds death knell for Wolverton Works; county honours for Samson re-creator and Government boost for Stockton & Darlington railway heritage.

Main Line News
Hosking announces bargain steam tours programme; Tornado to mark ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’; steam charter delays in December; Vintage Trains in limbo; Riley offered new Scotsman deal and Duchess to visit Yeovil.

With Full Regulator
Don Benn reports on steam around the Welsh borders past and present.

Regulars

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Centre
T9 No. 30120 at Corfe Castle by Andrew Bell.

Main Line Itinerary
Steam and heritage diesel railtours.

Railwayana
Geoff Courtney’s regular column.

Platform
Where your views matter most.

Off the Shelf
Latest book and DVD releases.

Up & Running
Guide to railways running in early 2018.

The Month Ahead

Features

The Aln Valley Railway – A Northumberland railway revival
Fifty years ago, on January 27, 1968, the Alnmouth to Alnwick branch line in rural Northumberland closed to passengers. Trevor Gregg reflects on that final day, the history of the line and upon the superb efforts of the Aln Valley Railway Society to resurrect the line.

Events Guide
The definitive list of all heritage line
enthusiasts’ events in 2018.

Next stop Chilcompton!
It is said that good things come in small packages, and as Stephen Roberts outlines, this could easily apply to the heritage railway at Midsomer Norton, the only place where standard gauge steam rides are available over Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway track.

Holidays by Steam 2018 Advertising feature.

China Railway Museum
With steam surviving into the 21st century, China was perhaps slow in making efforts to preserve its earlier railway heritage, but Paul Stratford reports from Beijing on the country’s impressive railway museum.

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