Steam Railway SR485 – on sale now!

This month’s edition of Steam Railway celebrates the return of not one but two steam locomotives after years out of the limelight – Bahamas and Caledonian Railway No. 419.

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Unique double-chimney ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596, fresh from its recent overhaul and return to steam for the first time since 1997, is our cover star this month, and we look at what the future has in store for the Stanier 4-6-0 as it was unveiled at Tyseley Locomotive Works 50th anniversary open weekend.

It might not have been out of traffic as long as ­Bahamas, but CR ‘439’ 0-4-4T No. 419 has also made a long-awaited return to steam after more than a decade on the side lines. Read all about this fascinating locomotive on pages 64-67 as it prepares for its long-awaited reunion with CR ‘812’ 0-6-0 No. 828 at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway in November.

Elsewhere, we feature behind-the-scenes pictures, exclusive to Steam Railway, of new-build ‘P2’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales’ rollout as a 2-8-2 for the first time, a tribute to Great Central Railway figurehead Bill Ford, and part two of our new-build health check series.

We also have a complete autumn steam gala round-up, from the likes of the North Yorkshire Moors and Severn Valley railways, to the Middleton and Aln Valley lines – we present a complete run-down of what was running where this September.

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

·      Canadian railway museum considers ‘A4’ and ‘Terrier’ disposal

·      Lyd and Lyn united at L&B gala

·      Planet team plans to build Lion replica by 2030

·      Mid-Hants’ locomotive strategy and overhaul plan

·      ‘O2’ in line for Bluebell Branch Line gala next spring

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

1968 veteran 'Black Five' joins Swanage 'Exchanges' gala

‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ veteran ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 is the latest visiting locomotive confirmed for the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala.

Confirmed for the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on October 12-14, ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 heads towards Harmans Cross on a previous visit to the railway in 2010. ANDREW P. M. WRIGHT

Confirmed for the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on October 12-14, ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 heads towards Harmans Cross on a previous visit to the railway in 2010. ANDREW P. M. WRIGHT

Held on October 12-14, the event will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Locomotive Exchange Trials, in which two ‘Black Fives’ participated – Nos. 44973 and 45253.

No. 44871 joins ‘Princess Coronation’ No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland – fresh from its starring role at the Severn Valley Railway’s own Autumn Steam Gala on September 20-23 – and BR Standard ‘4MT’ 2-6-4T No. 80078, a former resident on the ‘Purbeck Line’.

The trio is expected to run alongside the Swanage Railway’s own BR ‘4MY’ No. 80104, ‘U’ class 2-6-0 No. 31806 and recently overhauled air-smoothed ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34072 257 Squadron, which will be making its gala debut following completion of its overhaul at the event.

Swanage Railway Company executive chairman Trevor Parsons said: “Our three-day Autumn Steam Gala will be an event not to be missed with Duchess of Sutherland, the ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ ‘Black Five’ No. 44871 and Standard ‘Class 4’ tank No. 80078 being put through their paces along with the Swanage Railway’s own locomotives also hauling trains.

 “There will also be an exciting and varied timetable, four nostalgic freight trains running each day between Swanage and Corfe Castle, some passenger trains running on our four-mile extension from Norden to the River Frome, within sight of Wareham, as well as evening dining trains on the Friday and Saturday.”

• Owing to a motive power shortage caused by the recent failure and temporary withdrawal of ‘T9’ No. 30120, No. 80104 will no longer be attending the West Somerset Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala on September 27-30.

For more information, visit: https://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/events/detail/autumn-steam-gala-2018

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!

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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