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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!

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

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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!