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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

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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: https://www.steamrailway.co.uk/hra-vote/. 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

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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

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This month’s edition of Steam Railway celebrates the return of not one but two steam locomotives after years out of the limelight – Bahamas and Caledonian Railway No. 419.

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Unique double-chimney ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596, fresh from its recent overhaul and return to steam for the first time since 1997, is our cover star this month, and we look at what the future has in store for the Stanier 4-6-0 as it was unveiled at Tyseley Locomotive Works 50th anniversary open weekend.

It might not have been out of traffic as long as ­Bahamas, but CR ‘439’ 0-4-4T No. 419 has also made a long-awaited return to steam after more than a decade on the side lines. Read all about this fascinating locomotive on pages 64-67 as it prepares for its long-awaited reunion with CR ‘812’ 0-6-0 No. 828 at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway in November.

Elsewhere, we feature behind-the-scenes pictures, exclusive to Steam Railway, of new-build ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales’ rollout as a 2-8-2 for the first time, a tribute to Great Central Railway figurehead Bill Ford, and part two of our new-build health check series.

We also have a complete autumn steam gala round-up, from the likes of the North Yorkshire Moors and Severn Valley railways, to the Middleton and Aln Valley lines – we present a complete run-down of what was running where this September.

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

·      Canadian railway museum considers ‘A4’ and ‘Terrier’ disposal

·      Lyd and Lyn united at L&B gala

·      Planet team plans to build Lion replica by 2030

·      Mid-Hants’ locomotive strategy and overhaul plan

·      ‘O2’ in line for Bluebell Branch Line gala next spring

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1968 veteran 'Black Five' joins Swanage 'Exchanges' gala

‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ veteran ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 is the latest visiting locomotive confirmed for the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala.

Confirmed for the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on October 12-14, ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 heads towards Harmans Cross on a previous visit to the railway in 2010. ANDREW P. M. WRIGHT

Confirmed for the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on October 12-14, ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 heads towards Harmans Cross on a previous visit to the railway in 2010. ANDREW P. M. WRIGHT

Held on October 12-14, the event will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Locomotive Exchange Trials, in which two ‘Black Fives’ participated – Nos. 44973 and 45253.

No. 44871 joins ‘Princess Coronation’ No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland – fresh from its starring role at the Severn Valley Railway’s own Autumn Steam Gala on September 20-23 – and BR Standard ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T No. 80078, a former resident on the ‘Purbeck Line’.

The trio is expected to run alongside the Swanage Railway’s own BR ‘4MY’ No. 80104, ‘U’ class 2-6-0 No. 31806 and recently overhauled air-smoothed ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34072 257 Squadron, which will be making its gala debut following completion of its overhaul at the event.

Swanage Railway Company executive chairman Trevor Parsons said: “Our three-day Autumn Steam Gala will be an event not to be missed with Duchess of Sutherland, the ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 and Standard ‘Class 4’ tank No. 80078 being put through their paces along with the Swanage Railway’s own locomotives also hauling trains.

 “There will also be an exciting and varied timetable, four nostalgic freight trains running each day between Swanage and Corfe Castle, some passenger trains running on our four-mile extension from Norden to the River Frome, within sight of Wareham, as well as evening dining trains on the Friday and Saturday.”

• Owing to a motive power shortage caused by the recent failure and temporary withdrawal of ‘T9’ No. 30120, No. 80104 will no longer be attending the West Somerset Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on September 27-30.

For more information, visit: https://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/autumn-steam-gala-2018