Steam Railway SR494 - on sale now!

There’s a pre-Grouping theme in the latest edition of Steam Railway, as a fully lined-out ‘Saint’ No. 2999 Lady of Legend graces our cover.

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That’s not all, as we mark the return of the Urie Locomotive Society’s 1920-built ‘S15’ No. 506, round-up the National Railway Museum’s ‘One Hit Wonder’ locomotives ­– nearly all of which hail from the pre-1923 era – and explore the Knotty Coach Trust’s project to complete a three-coach North Staffordshire Railway carriage rake with the rebuild of Brake Third No. 23.

Elsewhere, Editor Nick Brodrick speaks to senior figures from the Science Museum Group and National Railway Museum about how they plan to inspire the engineers of the future and how it intends to use its working locomotives in part two of our exclusive interview, and we round-up all eight surviving Union Pacific ‘Big Boys’.

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

·      A1 Trust places £1m double boiler order

·      Cheltenham to go BR green

·      Barrow Hill secures Midland ‘Half Cab’

·      Brighton Atlantic Group plans SECR ‘E’ 4-4-0 project

·      NRM Great Hall display to be ‘permanent’

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

Swanage Railway launches £350,000 ‘T3’ restoration appeal

Unique LSWR ‘T3’ No. 563 could return to steam by 2022, after the Swanage Railway Trust approved, as expected, the overhaul of its 1893-built 4-4-0.

LSWR ‘T3’ No. 563 is winched onto a low-loader on November 13 2017, in readiness for its move to the Flour Mill in the Forest of Dean, where its return to work order will take place following the Swanage Railway Trust’s decision to launch a £350,000 appeal to restore the locomotive. NATHAN AU

LSWR ‘T3’ No. 563 is winched onto a low-loader on November 13 2017, in readiness for its move to the Flour Mill in the Forest of Dean, where its return to work order will take place following the Swanage Railway Trust’s decision to launch a £350,000 appeal to restore the locomotive. NATHAN AU

The decision comes 18 months after the Adams-designed locomotive was moved from the ‘Purbeck Line’ to Bill Parker’s Flour Mill workshops in the Forest of Dean for strip-down and mechanical assessment. Now that approval for the former National Railway Museum locomotive rebuild has been given, the SRT has launched a £350,000 appeal to return No. 563 to steam for the first time since 1948.

SRT trustee Matt McManus told Steam Railway that, should funding be forthcoming, the ‘T3’ could return to steam in “two to three years’ time, though it is probably going to be nearer the latter". 

He added: “We don’t want to rush it; we want it to be a reliable engine for Swanage. I’d rather it took longer and be good, than rush it and for the final product to be rubbish.

“If we had the £350,000 now, there’s the possibility of turning it around in 12-15 months.” 

He added that, while the ‘bottom end’ was in “remarkably good condition; the motion is almost new”, the cost of restoring the boiler – complete with a new inner copper firebox ­– would account for nearly half the estimated total cost of returning the locomotive to working order.

The 'T3' overhaul will almost certainly include a return to its 1910 condition, with deep Holly Green livery. 

LSWR 'M7' No. 30053 (under overhaul) and 'T9' No. 30120 (operational) are also based at the Dorset line. 

To donate towards the 'T3' project, or for more information, contact project manager Matt McManus via matt.mcmanus@swanagerailway.co.uk

Steam Railway SR493 – on sale now!

The latest edition of Steam Railway is a ‘9F’ special, as we celebrate all things ‘Spaceship’ in anticipation of unique single-chimney No. 92134’s return to steam.

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As part of our ‘Class 9’ celebration, we tell the fascinating story of the under-restoration 2-10-0’s incredible life in preservation, round-up all nine survivors, and discover what it is like to live with one of the most famous preserved examples – No. 92203 ‘Black Prince’ – as well as explore all the variants of BR’s last-built steam design.

It is not all about ‘9Fs’ however, as we discover what impact the £4.4 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will have on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

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

·      ‘Big Boy’ No. 4014 returns to steam after 60 years

·      RVP plots TPO main line return

·      West Somerset launches £250k track appeal

·      Tyseley ‘Bloomer’ set for relaunch

·      Full coverage of ‘GBXII’ railtour

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

Steam Railway SR492 - on sale now!

In this edition of Steam Railway, we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of Didcot’s recreated ‘Saint’ No. 2999 Lady of Legend, as the replica Churchward two-cylinder 4-6-0 steams for the first time.

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Former Great Western Society chairman Richard Croucher charts the journey of transforming ex-Barry ‘Hall’ No. 4942 Maindy Hall into the ‘Saint’, exploring this project’s origins and the trials and tribulations of resurrecting the single biggest missing link in British steam locomotive development.

From one ‘impossible project’ to another: in collaboration with the BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust, we’re offering readers the chance to rename No. 71000 Duke of Gloucester as it might have been in 1954 – and win the nameplate carrying your choice.

Elsewhere, Steam Railway editor Nick Brodrick discovers what the future holds for the National Collection’s steam locomotives, in part one of an extensive and exclusive interview with the National Railway Museum and Science Museum Group, as they outline the reasoning behind the recent Operational Rail Vehicle Strategy.

Also, we draw the final conclusions from our in-depth new-build analysis, and turn the clock back 50 years to explore the state of preservation in Britain’s first year without BR main line steam.

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

·      Work begins on dismantling Oliver Cromwell

·      ‘Halls’ restricted over West Somerset

·      Lavender Line in crisis

·      NRM begins ‘Hetton Lyon’ survey

·      Steam Dreams launches £49 railtours

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

Britain's Preserved Locomotives 2019 Edition - On Sale Now!

Britain’s Preserved Locomotives: The Complete Guide – the latest bookazine from the publishers of Steam Railway – is on sale now!

Britain’s Preserved Locomotives: The Complete Guide  2019 Edition is on sale now!  Get your copy today.

Britain’s Preserved Locomotives: The Complete Guide 2019 Edition is on sale now! Get your copy today.

Fully revised and expanded for 2019 – and featuring 34 new entries and over 140 new photographs – this is the only complete and fully illustrated guide to Britain’s preserved pre-Grouping, Big Four, BR, War Department and independent locomotives.

With 571 locomotives listed, including engines from the Ffestiniog, Snowdon Mountain and Talyllyn railways (plus many more) for the first time in this new edition, this is your one-stop, fully illustrated reference guide to enhance your hobby.

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As with the sold-out 2018 edition, it is packed with useful, up-to-date information and history, telling you where each locomotive is and its current status.

This is the only publication that individually illustrates, as well as lists, each survivor so grab your copy today.

Yours for the great value price of £7.99, Britain’s Preserved Locomotives: The Complete Guide 2019 Edition is available in all good newsagents and online via www.greatmagazines.co.uk/steam-railway-specials