COMEBACK KINGS

Comeback Kings

by Steam Railway |

We pay tribute to ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II in the latest edition of Steam Railway, as the BR blue 4-6-0 bows out after ten years in traffic.

We look back at ‘KEII’s’ decade in steam as volunteers at Didcot Railway Centre formulate preliminary plans to overhaul the single-chimney ‘King’ for a second stint in service.

For Southern fans, Thomas Bright goes behind the scenes at the Spa Valley Railway as the former LBSCR line enters a new era, following the arrival of Bulleid Sir Keith Park and its new partnership with Southern Locomotives Ltd. Elsewhere, we continue our series of exclusive interviews with the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust by sitting down with former chairman Mark Allatt; conclude the tale of how the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s Lancashire & Yorkshire ‘25’ 0-6-0 No. 957 became the ‘Green Dragon’ for The Railway Children; and analyse how well railways have performed since reopening.

As always, we bring you the latest news, comment and analysis from the world of preservation, including:

· Welsh Pony repainted for Ffestiniog ‘Bygones Weekend’

· NRM insists ‘problematic’ exhibits will stay

· NELPG fleet in steam for 2025

· West Somerset plc pushes forward new charity

· £12m from Network Rail for in-cab signalling

There’s all this and more, including our regular Down Main and narrow gauge news columns, in the latest edition of Steam Railway. On sale now.

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