We’re celebrating all things Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in this edition of Steam Railway, as we mark the long-awaited return to steam of Class ‘23’ No. 51456.
Assistant Editor Toby Jennings tells the definitive story of this remarkable saddle tank, which has just returned to steam following an extensive overhaul, having last steamed in 1982. That’s not all, as we round up all seven surviving L&Y locomotives, explore the ‘national treasure’ that is No. 1008, and reveal exciting plans which could see two L&Y engines return to their spiritual home – Horwich.
Elsewhere, Thomas Bright continues his investigation into the coal crisis, this time exploring the problems facing Britain’s coal-mining industry, while Tom Tighe resumes his recollections of his 50 years in preservation which extraordinary tales of working on the ‘Jacobite’ in the 1980s.
As always, we bring you the very latest news, comment and analysis from the world pf preservation, including:
· Controversy over NRM plans to relocate Stephenson’s Locomotion
· No British coal after 2022?
· Thornbury Castle sold for restoration at Great Central Railway
· NRM L&Y pair set for Horwich display
· Didcot confirms No. 7 boiler for ‘Night Owl’.
There’s all this and more, including our regular Down Main, industrial, Irish and narrow gauge steam news columns, in the latest edition of Steam Railway – the world’s biggest-selling steam magazine. On sale now.