A pair of London & South Western Railway veterans are reunited on the front cover of the latest edition of Steam Railway – after 120 years apart.
Adams ‘Radial’ No. 30583 – fresh from its recent repaint into BR black for the first time since 1983 – and Isle of Wight ‘O2’ No. W24 Calbourne – making only its second ever visit to the mainland in nearly a century – are our cover stars this month, in an edition which celebrates the Bluebell Railway’s recent LSWR-themed ‘Branch Line Weekend’.
Elsewhere, we explore the pros and cons of alternative fuels in part three of our ongoing in-depth coal analysis, tell the true story of Newstead – the lost engine – and mark the completion of the National Railway Museum’s restoration of Queen Victoria’s 1869 LNWR Royal Saloon.
As always, we bring you the very latest news, comment and analysis from the world of steam railway preservation, including:
· NRM open to returning Green Arrow to steam
· ‘Saint’ No. 2999 Lady of Legend steams for the first time
· Liverpool & Manchester Lion’s identity questioned
· West Coast boss to restore Aysgarth
· Coal price rises could threaten jobs
You can read 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!