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Untold stories are at the heart of the latest edition of Steam Railway, as the magazine gets under the skin of the Midland ‘Half Cab’, Flying Scotsman’s record-breaking non-stop Australian run, and Dai Woodham’s wartime career.

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Now its future and potential restoration at Barrow Hill Roundhouse is secure, we recall the convoluted and sometimes controversial history of unique Midland ‘1F’ 0-6-0T No. 41708, telling the tale of why this extraordinary engine became one of the oldest engines on BR’s books, how it came to be preserved, and why a bitter legal dispute side-lined the ‘Half Cab’ for more than a decade.

Thirty years after it officially broke the world record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive, Thomas Bright tells the definitive story of how LNER ‘A3’ No. 4472 Flying Scotsman achieved this extraordinary feat – helped by first-hand accounts from people who were there – while Toby Jennings explores the wartime record and other hitherto untold tales of Dai Woodham, in the month that the legendary late scrap man would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Elsewhere, we break down some of the misconceptions surrounding the potential coal crisis, explore the North Norfolk Railway’s plans to rebuild Sheringham’s platform 2 station building, and celebrate the marvel that is Wolferton station.

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

·      ‘9F’ No. 92134 steams – first pictures

·      Coal ban will increase emissions

·      Railways hit by volunteer shortage

·      Authentic send-off planned for Calbourne

·      Four panniers set for West Somerset gala

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

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The Inside Guide to the Steam Railways of Britain, the latest bookazine from the publishers of Steam Railway magazine, is on sale now!

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Back by popular demand five years after the last edition, The Inside Guide is fully updated and revised for 2019, and covers 159 standard and narrow gauge steam lines, museums and centres in the UK and Ireland. It is packed with useful information, including fares, directions, opening times and stock lists, so that you have all the facts you need at your fingertips.

Written and compiled by the team that brings you Steam Railway every month, The Inside Guide is the most comprehensive companion you need to enjoy Britain’s diverse array of steam railways. It details not only the history of each entry, but also what you can see and experience at each location, so you never have to miss a thing.

Yours for just £7.99, The Inside Guide is available from all good newsagents or online via www.greatmagazines.co.uk/the-inside-guide-to-britains-steam-railways

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In the latest edition of Steam Railway, we present the first exclusive pictures of ‘Schools’ No. 30925 Cheltenham, following its repaint into BR green livery for the first time since 1962.

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There’s more Southern goodness, as editor Nick Brodrick gets under the skin of one of preservation’s most loved locomotives – Isle of Wight ‘O2’ No. W24 Calbourne ­– and learns from the man who knows the LSWR 0-4-4T better than anyone alive today.

Elsewhere, Thomas Bright explores the likes of James Spooner, Gowrie and Blyth in part one of his narrow gauge new-build round-up, we mark the centenary of the Kent & East Sussex Railway’s ‘Norwegian’, and we find out the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group created its magnum opus – the magnificent, four-volume Never Again.

We also reveal the winner of our ‘Name the ‘Duke’ competition…

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

·      Mallard stars at ‘Azuma’ York launch

·      ORR issues droplight warning

·      Ffestiniog’s original Mountaineer to be reborn

·      IoWSR plans 1966-style send-off for Calbourne

·      ‘Lanky’ tank No. 752 undergoes steam test

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 – the world’s biggest steam news magazine. On sale now!

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We’re getting nostalgic in the latest edition of Steam Railway, as we look back over 30 years of ‘Steam on the Met’, explore some of the finest Southern Region recreations in preservation, and conclude our NRM one hit wonder round-up.

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As Metropolitan Railway ‘E’ No. 1 works in central London for the last time, editor Nick Brodrick comprehensively explores the history of preservation-era steam on the London Underground, which started 30 years ago this year, and asks what future – if any – steam has in Zone 1.

We also mark another milestone in SR495 – the 40th anniversary of the Guild of Railway Artists – and showcase some of the guild’s finest work in capturing the golden age of steam on canvas, while Thomas Bright concludes his survey of the National Railway Museum’s one hit wonder locomotives.

It’s not all about the past however. Chris Phillipson recounts his experiences of chasing ‘Big Boy’ No. 4014 across the American mid-West after the mighty 4-8-8-4 returned to steam, while Rail Accident Investigation Branch inspector Rowan Joachim explains how the government agency works with preserved railways when things go wrong.

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

·      Flying Scotsman to run until 2032

·      The Great Central Railway agrees ‘Cromwell’ loan

·      All-Party Parliamentary Group publishes its coal report

·      Ben Alder new-build project launched

·      Science & Industry Museum wins £6 million grant

There’s all this and more, including our regular main line, industrial, narrow gauge 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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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!