This edition of Steam Railway is a Bluebell Railway special, with 51 pages of features celebrating the 60th anniversary of this pioneering line.
Editor Nick Brodrick sits down with the Bluebell’s three chairman to discuss the future and challenges facing the railway, while assistant editor Toby Jennings tells the full stories of two of the line’s most idiosyncratic locomotives – ‘Dukedog’ No. 9017 and the unique surviving North London tank.
Elsewhere, news & features writer Thomas Bright explores the extraordinary Brighton ‘Atlantic’ project recreating No. 32424 Beachy Head while we also delve into two of the Bluebell’s lesser-known highlights – the return of LBSCR Gladstone to the railway in 1982 and the restoration of the line’s ‘Chesham set’ coaches, which returned to Underground metals during ‘Steam on the Met’ in 2013.
As always, we bring you exclusive news, expert comment and analysis from the world of railway preservation, including:
· Sir Lamiel to return to steam in 2025
· Railways reopen after lockdown eased
· NRM uncovers truth about Hetton Lyon
· Llangollen shuts down engineering business
· ‘J21’ needs £50,000 for new tender
There’s all this and more, including our regular Down Main, industrial and narrow gauge steam news columns, in the latest edition of Steam Railway magazine. On sale now.