With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic bringing Britain’s preserved railways to a halt, we explore what effect the crisis is having in this edition of Steam Railway.
In collaboration with the Heritage Railway Association and Vintage Trains’ Robin Coombes, we analyse the fallout caused by Covid-19 and what it means for preservation in both the short and long-term future.
But it’s not all about coronavirus. Editor Nick Brodrick sits down with the Great Central Railway’s Craig Stinchcombe to discuss the plans for ‘Castle’ No. 7027 Thornbury Castle, News & Features Writer Thomas Bright finds out more about the Ffestiniog Railway’s Blaenau and Dinas development projects, while Assistant Editor Toby Jennings showcases one of the finest collections of freight vehicles in preservation.
Elsewhere, we pay tribute to the glory years of the Weymouth Harbour tramway as this legendary line is being dismantled, while Tom Tighe concludes his recollections of 50 years in preservation with the 5305 Locomotive Association.
As always, we bring you the latest news, comment and analysis from the world of preservation, including:
· ‘Number Nine’ to run at East Lancashire Railway through 2021
· Prime Minister backs Darlington’s bid to retain Locomotion
· £1.4m grant for Churnet Valley Railway’s Leek extension
· K1 returns to steam at Statfold after rapid overhaul
· Great Western and Lancashire & Yorkshire gala round-ups
There’s all this and more – including our regular Down Main, industrial, narrow gauge and Irish steam news columns – in the latest edition of Steam Railway magazine. On sale now.