Steam Railway SR492 - on sale now!

In this edition of Steam Railway, we celebrate the long-awaited arrival of Didcot’s recreated ‘Saint’ No. 2999 Lady of Legend, as the replica Churchward two-cylinder 4-6-0 steams for the first time.

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Former Great Western Society chairman Richard Croucher charts the journey of transforming ex-Barry ‘Hall’ No. 4942 Maindy Hall into the ‘Saint’, exploring this project’s origins and the trials and tribulations of resurrecting the single biggest missing link in British steam locomotive development.

From one ‘impossible project’ to another: in collaboration with the BR Class 8 Steam Locomotive Trust, we’re offering readers the chance to rename No. 71000 Duke of Gloucester as it might have been in 1954 – and win the nameplate carrying your choice.

Elsewhere, Steam Railway editor Nick Brodrick discovers what the future holds for the National Collection’s steam locomotives, in part one of an extensive and exclusive interview with the National Railway Museum and Science Museum Group, as they outline the reasoning behind the recent Operational Rail Vehicle Strategy.

Also, we draw the final conclusions from our in-depth new-build analysis, and turn the clock back 50 years to explore the state of preservation in Britain’s first year without BR main line steam.

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

·      Work begins on dismantling Oliver Cromwell

·      ‘Halls’ restricted over West Somerset

·      Lavender Line in crisis

·      NRM begins ‘Hetton Lyon’ survey

·      Steam Dreams launches £49 railtours

There’s all this and more, including our regular Down Main, Industrial and Narrow Gauge news columns, in the latest edition of Steam Railway – the world’s biggest selling steam magazine. On sale now.