In this month’s edition of Steam Railway, we go behind the scenes of four of preservation’s most extraordinary restorations, and tell the inside story of how a quartet of neglected, vintage carriages were restored to their former glory in just six months as part of a programme for Channel 4.
We also discover how and why a trio of LMS Ivatt ‘2MTs’ crossed the Solent to take part in a very special event on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, in a salute to two dedicated preservationists who ensured these latter-day Big Four locomotives were saved for posterity.
In our other features, we explore the night shifts in some of the world’s last working steam sheds, the demise of the LMS-NCC ‘WT’ 2-6-4Ts in Northern Ireland, and renowned photographer and regular Steam Railway contributor Peter Zabek presents a selection of preservation-era images which recapture the glory of the Western Region in steam days.
As always, we bring you the very latest news, comment and analysis from the world of preservation, including:
· Tyseley TOC railtours could begin in August
· Rocket heads north to Newcastle*
· ‘GlosWarks’ toasts gala success with ‘KEII’ and Oliver Cromwell
· Bulleid shortage at Swanage after Sir Keith Park taken out of traffic
· Keighley & Worth Valley Railway prepares for ‘biggest ever’ gala
There’s all this and more in the latest edition of Steam Railway – on sale now!
*Tell us where you think Rocket should be permanently displayed, by voting in the Steam Railway poll.