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Heritage Railway - Issue 167

Issue 167


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32 SUBSCRIBE TO
HERITAGE RAILWAY!
Take out a 13-issue subscription to Heritage Railway – the preservation magazine written entirely by people who remember first-hand the British Railways steam era – and be first with the news that matters. Remember, we broke the story about the
A4s coming home
from North America
a year ago!

44 CELEBRATING THAT SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP!
There were many who were sceptical and said it would never happen. However, as we went to press, exiled Gresley streamlined A4 Pacifics
No. 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower and No. 60010 Dominion of Canada were on their way back to Britain for their September debut at the Locomotion museum in Shildon. Robin Jones looks at the special relationship between the UK and North America that has existed since the days of early steam railways, and the transatlantic visits of classic British locomotives over the past 120 years.

50 THE A4s: SIX LEFT OUT OF 35
With more than one-sixth of the class preserved – four of which have worked main line tours, the other two about to make visits from North America – as Brian Sharpe reports, the story of the survivors since withdrawal is no less fascinating than their heroic exploits in regular service.

64 JULY 9 – 45 YEARS ON!
Don Benn savours an epic performance by Clan Line, marking the 45th anniversary of the last steam train on Britain’s last steam main line.

68 MAINTAINING THE MOORS LINE
Major work has continued on the signalling infrastructure on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as items wear out or become life expired. Craig Donald
reports that among other skills, the railway’s S&T team is now becoming quite proficient at making new-build North Eastern Railway signals.

71 THE DEL FERROCARRIL DE CUBA MUSEUM
A must-see for visitors to Cuba, Norman Chapman tells the story of the museum and its contents.

80 SATURDAY MORNING PICTURES PART TWO: DOWN TO THE DOCKS
With Stratford and East London assuming an even higher profile during the Olympic and Paralympic Games than in the last days of Great Eastern steam, adopted East Londoner Geoff Silcock spins the thread of several journeys with the last steam-hauled London suburban service from Stratford to North Woolwich, as a follow-up to his previous feature on the line.

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6 HEADLINE NEWS
North American A4 Pacific pair Dwight D
Eisenhower and Dominion of Canada arrive at Halifax, Nova Scotia, for a September sailing to the UK, where they will immediately go on display at Locomotion free of charge; more steam trips through the London Underground tunnels planned before and during the Metropolitan Railway 150 celebrations; and “forgotten” standard gauge well tank steams for the first time in preservation.  

10 NEWS
Penrhyn Railway steams again after half a century; Four narrow gauge engines for sale; Helston Railway ordered to leave station base; Ribble Steam Railway stages what may be the biggest post-steam era footplatemen’s gathering ever; funeral of Nene Valley Railway pioneer the Reverend Richard Paten; Alan Pegler remembered by three-day gala; Beckton steam stalwart on the market; ‘bubblecar’ for Britain’s oldest public railway; steam gala action at Mid-Suffolk Light Railway and Threlkeld Quarry; St Kitts railway revived; two arrests after Chinnor coach fire; railway artists wow Severn Valley visitors; English Heritage lists 35 more structures along Brunel’s GWR main line in advance of it electrification and farewell to SVR volunteer extraordinaire Jim Bodfish.

49 RAILWAYANA
Geoff Courtney reports on the latest prices from the auction scene and previews what is coming up for sale.

54 CENTRE
Michael Anderson’s view of K4 No. 61994 The Great Marquess topping Ais Gill.

56 MAIN LINE NEWS
compiled by Cedric Johns
August becomes breakdown month as six steam locomotives fail on the national network; Cambrian steam future again in doubt, Clan Line in Cardiff ‘first’ and Severn Valley main line link promises more outward steam tours.

63 MAIN LINE TOUR ITINERARY
Brian Sharpe’s definitive guide to steam and heritage modern traction tours.

86 REVIEWS
Latest book reviews.

88 SCALE HERITAGE RAILWAY
Hornby’s new complete North Eastern Railway station buildings range with a little inspiration from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and why Bachmann’s new Class 108s are the cat’s whiskers!

92 PLATFORM
The pages where your views matter the most.

95 MORGAN
The Heritage Railway Association chairman warns about grant packages which come with strings attached.

105 UP AND RUNNING
Brian Sharpe’s full listing of operational lines and museum venues.

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