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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!