Steam Railway SR484 – on sale now!

This month’s edition of Steam Railway introduces the first part of our ‘New-build Health Check’ series, examining and analysing Britain’s standard gauge new-build projects.

  Steam Railway  SR484 - on sale now!

Steam Railway SR484 - on sale now!

Part one focusses on the LNER schemes – the two ‘P2s’, two ‘B17s’ and the recently launched ‘V4’ – and explores the approaches their respective groups are taking towards recreating these long-scrapped machines.

From the newest steam locomotives, to one of the oldest. In the latest part of our ‘National Treasures’ series, we uncover the history behind George Stephenson’s Killingworth ‘Billy’, which was recently discovered to be the third-oldest locomotive in the world.

Elsewhere, we take one last look back at 1968, and tell the hitherto untold story of Oliver Cromwell’s light engine move to Norwich for preservation at Bressingham as one of BR’s final steam workings. This often-overlooked aspect of 1968 is told by the man who was on the footplate of this final journey.

We also show how the Great Central Railway recreated the ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ on August 11, 50 years to the day with No. 70013.

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

·      West Coast Railways buys ‘Black Five’ No. 44767

·      Overhaul for No. 7325 to begin in 2020

·      Tornado to haul ‘Aberdonian’ railtours

·      Tyseley granted main line operating licence

·      The Unknown Warrior ‘complete’ in November at Crewe

In our regular columns, ‘Down Main’ correspondent Tony Streeter speaks exclusively to Network Rail regarding the future of steam on the main line, and you can keep up-to-date with all the latest locomotive news with The Roster.

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

Steam Railway SR483 - on sale now!

In this month’s edition of Steam Railway, we EXCLUSIVELY reveal the launch of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway’s project to build two, new L&B Manning Wardle 2-6-2Ts.

  Steam Railway  SR483 - on sale NOW!

Steam Railway SR483 - on sale NOW!

To celebrate this momentous announcement, we get under the skin of the Ffestiniog Railway’s own new-build L&B Manning Wardle, No. E190 Lyd, and explore the history of the famous L&B 2-6-2T quartet of Yeo, Exe, Taw and Lew.

It’s not all about the L&B this month however. We also mark the 50th anniversary of Tyseley Locomotive Works and see how this preservation stalwart has developed over the years, as well as round up both the Severn Valley and Great Central railways’ 1968 commemorative end-of-steam events.

There's also a FREE commemorative DVD covering the end-of-steam railtours in August 1968, courtesy of our partners at Unseen Steam.*

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

·      ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales gets its driving wheels

·      Isle of Wight launches restored LBSCR four-wheeler at island loco spectacular

·      Bahamas to launch at Tyseley 50th anniversary event

·      Swanage Railway makes £200k loss

·      ‘The Duke’ needs another £100k to steam in 2020

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

*Unfortunately, the DVD is not available to Lloyds subscribers

Free Unseen Steam 1968 DVD

Steam Railway has once again teamed up with Unseen Steam – the online and DVD home of rare and captivating railway footage – to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of BR main line steam.

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Free with the latest edition of Steam Railway magazine*, The Last Railtours: 1968 Steam Finale features all the defining railtours from the last week of BR steam, including Locomotive Club of Great Britain’s ‘Farewell to Steam’ railtour on August 4, and of course the legendary ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ on the final day itself – August 11 1968.

There are plenty of 1968 celebrity locomotives featured as well, including ‘Britannia’ No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, BR Standard ‘5MT’ and Steam Railway SR483 cover star No. 73069, well as ‘Fifteen Guinea’ veteran ‘Black Fives’ Nos. 44781, 44871 and 45110.

Whether you want to relive treasured memories of main line steam’s finale, or rediscover this momentous milestone in railway history, The Last Railtours is the DVD for you, and it’s completely free with the latest edition of Steam Railway magazine* – on sale now!

We hope that you enjoy your free, exclusive gift.

Unseen Steam brings you the best from a huge collection of rare and stunning archive railway film from decades past. Subscribe for just £2.99 a month and watch hundreds of clips with dozens added every week. Perfect for the steam enthusiast, modeller and historian. Go to www.unseensteam.co.uk now!  

*Unfortunately, the DVD is not available to Lloyds subscribers

Date confirmed for 2818 Swindon move

Churchward ‘28XX’ No. 2818 is finally moving to its new home of STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway – over a year after the National Railway Museum announced that it was deaccessioning the GWR 2-8-0 from the National Collection.

 GWR '28XX' No. 2818 will move to its new home in Swindon on August 21, over a year after it was announced that the Churchward 2-8-0 was being disposed from the National Collection. NRM

GWR '28XX' No. 2818 will move to its new home in Swindon on August 21, over a year after it was announced that the Churchward 2-8-0 was being disposed from the National Collection. NRM

As revealed in Steam Railway SR481, the rare inside steam pipe heavy freight locomotive will be moving to its new home in Swindon on August 21, where it will take the place of ‘Manor’ No. 7821 Ditcheat Manor. The Collett 4-6-0 will be transferred to the nearby Designer Outlet Centre the same day, where it will replace classmate No. 7819 Hinton Manor, which is returning to the Severn Valley Railway.

STEAM Curator Frances Yeo said: “We’ve been working closely with the National Railway Museum to secure the transfer of the locomotive which will soon be standing beside STEAM’s Station Platform.

“Staff and volunteers at STEAM are very excited to be welcoming 2818 to Swindon. This is the first complete locomotive to be owned by STEAM and comes to the Museum in very good condition. The return of No. 2818 to the site where it was built is a momentous occasion in Swindon’s history, and we look forward to having the locomotive on display here at STEAM.”

Andrew McLean, Assistant Director and Head Curator at the National Railway Museum, said: “The transfer of Churchward’s No. 2818 to STEAM ensures the locomotive’s positive long-term future in its Swindon birthplace.

"It is fitting that a member of one of the most successful of all Great Western Railway locomotive classes will become a star exhibit in a museum which is dedicated to telling the story of both the GWR and Swindon’s important place in Britain’s railway history.”

Hitherto based at Locomotion, Shildon, No. 2818 is the third British main line steam locomotive deaccessioned from the National Collection, after North Staffordshire Railway ‘New L’ 0-6-2T No. 2 to the Foxfield Railway in 2016, and the London & South Western Railway ‘T3’ 4-4-0 No. 563 to the Swanage Railway last year.

'GlosWarks' toasts Broadway success

Opening the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway's extension to Broadway has seen passenger numbers jump 52% compared to the previous year.

 'Merchant Navy' No. 35006  Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co  hauls one of the first trains out of Broadway on March 21. GWSR

'Merchant Navy' No. 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co hauls one of the first trains out of Broadway on March 21. GWSR

To the end of June, the railway carried 72,000 passengers – compared to 46,500 during the same period in 2017 – and is well on the way for another record-breaking year. On some days, passenger numbers have been double the equivalent days last year.

The railway attributes part of this success to the opening of its new terminus at Broadway on March 30.

Colin Fewell, volunteer commercial director of the railway said: “The popularity of the line since we opened Broadway station is simply astonishing! The Broadway effect is eclipsing our past success and records are tumbling one after the other.

“Businesses in Broadway are telling us that they have noticed an increase in the number of visitors to the village since the station opened once again, 58 years after it was closed by British Railways.

“We have strengthened our trains to eight coaches this year, with a capacity of around 400 seated passengers, but often popular trains are nearly full even on midweek days, especially the first train of the day out of Cheltenham Racecourse.

“And, although we would like to run more trains and provide extra capacity, there is a limit to what we can do – but this is the first year of our newly-expanded railway and we are learning as we go along.”