In Steam Railway SR532, the Llangollen Railway’s Terry Pickthall explains how North Wales’ only standard gauge heritage line is on the comeback a year after it nearly closed. He outlines how and why the railway came to the brink of extinction and what’s been done over the last 12 months to put this Great Western gem back on an even keel.
Elsewhere, Down Main’s Daniel Puddicombe sits down with Network Rail’s charters team to find out how they organise main line railtours and the efforts they go to keep them running on an increasingly congested national network. Also, Deputy Editor Thomas Bright surveys the surviving ‘Modified Halls’, ex-North Eastern and Southern Region fireman Dave Wilson compares the virtues and foibles of the ‘Black Fives’ and ‘Standard Fives’, while Luke Hudman gives us the inside track on ‘2884’ No. 3850’s extensive overhaul.
That’s not all, as we publish for the first time ever a complete disposals list of the Barry tenders, and we round-up all the action from the Severn Valley Railway’s Spring Steam Gala.
Plus, we bring you all the latest news, comment and analysis from across the preservation world.
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