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

Steam Railway SR491 – on sale now!

A pair of London & South Western Railway veterans are reunited on the front cover of the latest edition of Steam Railway – after 120 years apart.

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Adams ‘Radial’ No. 30583 – fresh from its recent repaint into BR black for the first time since 1983 – and Isle of Wight ‘O2’ No. W24 Calbourne – making only its second ever visit to the mainland in nearly a century – are our cover stars this month, in an edition which celebrates the Bluebell Railway’s recent LSWR-themed ‘Branch Line Weekend’.

Elsewhere, we explore the pros and cons of alternative fuels in part three of our ongoing in-depth coal analysis, tell the true story of Newstead – the lost engine – and mark the completion of the National Railway Museum’s restoration of Queen Victoria’s 1869 LNWR Royal Saloon.

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

·      NRM open to returning Green Arrow to steam

·      ‘Saint’ No. 2999 Lady of Legend steams for the first time

·      Liverpool & Manchester Lion’s identity questioned

·      West Coast boss to restore Aysgarth

·      Coal price rises could threaten jobs

You can read 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!

Steam Railway SR490 - on sale now!

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!

Steam Railway SR489 - on sale now!

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!