We take to the skies in the latest edition of Steam Railway to show you the ‘Jacobite’ as you’ve never seen it before, with a showcase of stunning aerial images of the West Highland line.
Sticking with the Fort William-Mallaig theme, we sit down with the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s Graeme Bunker to discuss the planned ‘V4’ 2-6-2 and the potential of travelling from Kings Cross to Mallaig or Kyle of Lochalsh behind new-build steam, and what the main line future holds for Tornado and Prince of Wales.
However, such adventures pale into insignificance compared to the extraordinary 800-mile trip across eastern Europe taken by ‘Small Prairie’ No. 5521 back in 2007. 13 years on, its owner tells the remarkable story of how this once-in-a-lifetime journey came about and the unforgettable experiences along the way.
Elsewhere, railway industry figures pay tribute to former railway inspector Major John Poyntz while we conclude our far-ranging interview with the Office of Rail & Road and the Heritage Railway Association about safety.
As always, we bring you the latest news, comment and analysis from the world of preservation, including:
• Covid-19 tiers hit Santa specials
• Steam returns to West Somerset
• ‘Black Five’ No. 45337 set for overhaul at East Lancs
• ‘Clan’ Hengist gets its face
• Bala Lake needs £200k for flood defence work
There’s all this and more, including our regular Down Main, industrial and narrow gauge news columns in the latest edition of Steam Railway. On sale now.
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