Red Return

by Steam Railway |

This month’s edition of Steam Railway introduces the first part of our ‘New-build Health Check’ series, examining and analysing Britain’s standard gauge new-build projects.

Part one focusses on the LNER schemes – the two ‘P2s’, two ‘B17s’ and the recently launched ‘V4’ – and explores the approaches their respective groups are taking towards recreating these long-scrapped machines.

From the newest steam locomotives, to one of the oldest. In the latest part of our ‘National Treasures’ series, we uncover the history behind George Stephenson’s Killingworth ‘Billy’, which was recently discovered to be the third-oldest locomotive in the world.

Elsewhere, we take one last look back at 1968, and tell the hitherto untold story of Oliver Cromwell’s light engine move to Norwich for preservation at Bressingham as one of BR’s final steam workings. This often-overlooked aspect of 1968 is told by the man who was on the footplate of this final journey.

We also show how the Great Central Railway recreated the ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ on August 11, 50 years to the day with No. 70013.

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

· West Coast Railways buys ‘Black Five’ No. 44767

· Overhaul for No. 7325 to begin in 2020

· Tornado to haul ‘Aberdonian’ railtours

· Tyseley granted main line operating licence

· The Unknown Warrior ‘complete’ in November at Crewe

In our regular columns, ‘Down Main’ correspondent Tony Streeter speaks exclusively to Network Rail regarding the future of steam on the main line, and you can keep up-to-date with all the latest locomotive news with The Roster.

There’s all this and more in the latest edition of Steam Railway – the world’s biggest steam news magazine – on sale now!

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