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For more than 30 years Steam Railway has been at the forefront of the railway preservation movement, reporting all the latest news as and when it occurs. Whether it's happening on the main line or on preserved railways, this news, written by some of the most respected journalists in the industry, is backed up by stunning photography from equally well-respected lensmen. In addition, each issue contains a wide variety of informative and probing features that get to the heart of the present day steam scene, together with historical and archive material that makes Steam Railway a magazine you'll want to keep and refer back to again and again. Inside you'll also find our one-stop guide to forthcoming steam events, galas and main line railtours, along with reviews of the latest railway books and visual media. If you're interested in steam on the railways, you only need Steam Railway.

Gary Boyd-Hope, Editor
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ON SALE NOW issue 426 March 28-April 24 2014


 What's inside.... 

The new Steam Railway readers’ appeal – help us to steam Didcot’s new ‘Saint’ by 2015!



-          Offers to purchase American and Canadian ‘A4s’ rejected

-          King Edward II gets reduced-height main line fittings

-          Jeremy Hosking buys LNWR Crewe

-          Bowes Railway under threat as council withdraws funding

-          Southern galas at Mid-Hants and Swanage – full reports

-          Britannia to run as Western Star for Mid-Hants gala

-          NRM “would be better off leaving Science Museum” says former head

-          Irish compound Merlin returns to the main line

-          Australian Garratt becomes largest working steam locomotive in southern hemisphere

-          A closer look at the ‘Mallard 75’ events



A special look at the GWR ‘Saint’ 4-6-0s to mark the launch of our appeal for Lady of Legend, including:

-          The views of the experts on why the ‘Saints’ are so important

-          The Didcot ‘Saint’ project – the story so far

-          ‘Patron ‘Saints’ of the GWR’ – the history of the class in a nutshell


-          The stirring finale of the GWR ‘Castles’ in 1964

-          Setting the Ffestiniog Railway up for the next 60 years


And much much more

-          In Tony Streeter’s ‘Down Main’: an audacious bid to recreate the 1937 ‘Coronation’ with Dominion of Canada, a new appeal to overhaul the ‘Duke’, and a recreation of the last ‘A4’ from King’s Cross 50 years on

-          David Wilcock hears how Gloucester spotters gave a condemned Bulleid ‘Pacific’ a fitting send-off in ‘Running Free’

-          Mike Notley compares recent runs by Scots Guardsman on the ‘Winter Cumbrian Mountain Expresses’ in ‘Top Link’

-          The overhauled ‘Guide’ with enthusiast events, main line steam and (new for 2014) photographic charter listings

-          Plus the best photography from the top lineside lensmen


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