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Unique Adams ‘Radial’ No. 30583 is our cover star in this edition of Steam Railway, following its repaint into BR lined black for the Bluebell Railway’s forthcoming Branch Line Weekend later this month.

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Nick Brodrick traces the fascinating history of this Lyme Regis branch veteran, the strange quirks of fate that ensured its survival, and asks whether this celebrity locomotive can – or will – ever return to steam.

Read a snippet of our comprehensive feature here.

We also bring you part two of our in-depth look at coal, and discover what preservation is doing to mitigate the effects of DEFRA’s proposed coal ban. There’s also the penultimate part of our ongoing new-build analysis – this month focussing on the BR Standard projects – and Peter Zabek showcases his best London Midland Region recreations.

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

·      Steam could return to Ryde in 2021

·      ‘4MT’ No. 80098 to go main line

·      £50k raised for L&B Manning Wardles

·      ‘J21’ restoration delayed

·      Clun Castle returns to the main line

There’s all this and more, including our regular Down Main, Narrow Gauge, Industrial and Irish steam news columns, in the latest edition of Steam Railway – the world’s biggest-selling steam magazine – on sale now!

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In this month’s edition of Steam Railway, we explore one of the most significant issues facing preservation today – coal.

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Thomas Bright studies the problems surrounding DEFRA’s proposal to phase out the sale of coal to households, and breaks down what impact its new regulations could have for railways and steam locomotives.

We also get under the skin of the sometimes unloved and somewhat misunderstood Ivatt ‘4MT’ No. 43106. Toby Jennings discovers what it is like to live with the ‘Flying Pig’, and what Severn Valley Railway crews make of their unique steed.

Elsewhere, we try our hands at signalling, round-up and analyse the Southern new-build projects, and find out how the Germans rescued one of the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen’s famed 2-10-2Ts when it got stranded in the snow near the summit of the Brocken.

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

·      Sir Nigel Gresley to join Crewe’s main line fleet

·      Adams ‘Radial’ going back into BR black

·      NRM rejects 5305LA’s bid for ‘Cromwell’ and ‘Lamiel’ custodianship

·      West Somerset evicts ‘4F’ No. 44422

·      ‘GlosWarks’ wins Steam Railway HRA award

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

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In this month’s edition of Steam Railway, we say a fond farewell to Oliver Cromwell with an 11-page special feature, celebrating ten years since No. 70013 returned to steam, thanks to an SR readers’ appeal.

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People intimately involved with the ‘Brit’s’ restoration and its time on the main line during the last decade recount their memories of the ‘1T57’ veteran and explain what it means to them as it bows out for overhaul.

Elsewhere, we explore the history behind the 150th ex-Barry restoration – ‘Modified Hall’ No. 6989 Wightwick Hall – as the Hawksworth 4-6-0 returns to steam at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. We also present part four of our ongoing new-build health check, this month looking at LMS projects.

We also present our comprehensive 2019 events guide – your one-stop shop for everything happening at preserved railways across the country throughout the year.

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

·      EXCLUSIVE first pictures of Prince of Wales’ ‘complete’ front end

·      Barrow Hill to buy and restore Midland ‘Half Cab’

·      ‘J21’ given go-ahead for restoration

·      NRM engine destined for Doncaster display?

·      Dean Forest buys Southall pannier No. 9682

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

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In this month’s edition of Steam Railway, we mark the achievement of an important milestone: the restoration of the 150th ex-Barry locomotive – ‘Modified Hall’ No. 6989 Wightwick Hall.

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Toby Jennings looks back at how preservation restored 150 ex-scrapyard steam locomotives since 1968, and asks whether we’ll ever get to 200. Enjoy our survey on the engine’s awaiting their return to steam, and the ones that will never make it.

From the latest restoration, to the first – Keighley-based ‘4F’ No. 43924. Midland 4F Preservation Society member John Atherton details the Fowler 0-6-0’s epic journey from South Wales to Haworth, when it became the first steam locomotive to be rescued from the scrapyard, and the first to return to steam.

It’s not all about Barry however. We also present part three of our ongoing new-build survey – this time analysing the Great Western Projects – while Peter Zabek showcases the very best preservation-era images of pre-Grouping Southern locomotives in BR-era liveries, recalling the twilight days of the Southern Region.

Also, why not vote for what you think should win the coveted Steam Railway Magazine Award at the 2019 Heritage Railway Association Awards in February? To vote for your favourite, click here: Voting will close on December 21, so get your vote in now.

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

·      West Somerset cancels spring gala after ORR inspection

·      Russell makes surprise Welsh Highland comeback

·      A complete ‘Saint’ and ‘Patriot’ debut at Didcot and Crewe

·      NRM considers more locomotive disposals

·      Coal crisis high on HRA’s agenda

There’s all this and more, including stories you won’t read anywhere else, in the latest edition of Steam Railway – on sale now!

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This month’s edition of Steam Railway marks the centenary of the Armistice, with a special issue dedicated to the railways’ various contributions to the First World War.

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Railway historian Rob Langham examines the role of the Railway Operating Division on the Western Front, as well as how the famous ‘Jellicoe Specials’ kept the Royal Navy fleet, anchored at Scapa Flow, fed with vital supplies of coal.

Richard Foster – editor of our sister title Model Rail – provides a complete run-down of all the British locomotive classes deployed overseas during the 1914-18 conflict, and explores the history of a design forever associated with the First World War: the mighty Great Central ‘8K’ 2-8-0s.

We also look at the role the diminutive SECR ‘P’ class 0-6-0Ts played during the war and the efforts to restore No. 27 to its former glory, and the restoration of one of the most historic narrow gauge locomotives in Britain – War Office Hunslet 4-6-0T No. 303.

Continuing with the narrow gauge theme, we celebrate the long-awaited return to steam of the Vale of Rheidol Railway’s No. 7, after 20 years on the sidelines.

This edition also comes with a free Unseen Steam DVD*, with fascinating archive footage of the ‘heavyweights of steam’, featuring everything from Churchward ‘28XXs’ and BR ‘9Fs’, to Gresley ‘A4s’ and Bulleid’s ‘Merchant Navies’.

With Christmas around the corner, we present our annual festive gift guide, as well as our complete festive railway events guide.

As always, we bring you the very latest news, comment and analysis from some of preservation’s top railway journalists, including:

·      Proposed DEFRA legislation threatens coal supplies

·      Vale of Rheidol begins £1.6 million revamp at Aberystwyth

·      ‘Standard Four’ tank is 149th Barry engine to return to steam

·      Didcot’s ‘14XX’ No. 1466 to steam again in 2021

·      ‘Lost’ Hunslet Newstead moves to Spa Valley

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

*Not available to Lloyds’ subscribers.