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Heritage Railway - Issue 234

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October 20, 2017 – November 16, 2017

Headline News 6
LSWR T3 gifted to Swanage Railway
by National Railway Museum
may steam again; new threat
to Scarborough steam charters;
entire stock from closed Electric
Railway Museum finds new homes;
Wensleydale in line for £380K Lottery
grant and three Ivatts to reunite at
Isle of Wight gala.

News 10
UK-built Garratt ‘no sale’ after news
blackout lifted; after 52 years, hero
steam train driver to be honoured
with memorial; Barrow Hill reopened
after £1.4 million refit; staff trapped as
huge blaze ravages railway museum;
Talyllyn launches £200K open coaches
appeal; mugger gets seven years for
robbing photographer; new home for
Darlington Locomotive Works; The
Great Marquess retires to Scotland;
minister may decide on Wolverton
Works; tourism award kick-starts
Severn Valley gala, and tribute to
Roland Kennington: Flying Scotsman
engineer extraordinaire.

Main Line News 56
Green British India Line stopped
on debut passenger run; Tornado’s
‘Border Raider’ diverted; Four Castles
for Tyseley; new name for Steam
Dreams; rail partnership commits to
Stranraer steam.

With Full Regulator 64
Don Benn reports on Clan Line’s
performance on the ‘Atlantic Coast

Subscribe Today 30
Railwayana 44
Geoff Courtney’s regular column.
Centre 54
Leander on the Cumbrian Coast by
David Price
Main Line Itinerary 68
Steam and heritage diesel
Platform 88
Where your views matter most.
Off the Shelf 92
Latest book and DVD releases.
Up & Running 94
Guide to railways running in the
The Month Ahead 106


The cold North wind
The autumn of 1967 saw the end of steam on the Eastern Region and at
the great railway centre of Crewe. BR also introduced a ban on privately-
owned steam engines. Brian Sharpe recounts not only how BR’s steam
operations rapidly contracted as the final curtain approached but also
how many now-famous locomotives were being saved.

 Colossus of conservation
The world has been in mourning
for East Somerset Railway founder
David Shepherd, who died aged 86
on September 19. After becoming
an international wildlife artist and
later a leading conservationist,
he also bought two steam ‘beasts’
from British Rail in 1967 and helped
transform our rail landscape, writes
Robin Jones.

New Yankee Jewel
in the Exmoor crown
With the debut of new-build 2-4-2T
Lyn, the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
now has a complete ‘original’ train.
Mission accomplished, writes Robin

Midlands remembers Southern steam 50
Commemorations marking the 50th
anniversary of the end of steam on
the Southern Region continue to
capture the public imagination big
time – with the Great Central Railway
seeing a 33% increase in visitor
numbers for its autumn steam gala,
writes Robin Jones.

Forty years of  Deltic delight
Early October saw half of the
preserved production Deltic fleet
drawing the crowds at the Bluebell
Railway, which for so long was a
no-go area for diesels, writes Robin

The shining light at the end of the Central Line...
It could be reasoned that the
original Great Eastern Railway,
and latterly the London Transport
line linking Epping to Ongar that
closed in 1994, would not have
that many railway skeletons in its
closet. Heritage Railway troubadour
writer, photographer and regular at
the present day Epping and Ongar
Railway, Geoff Silcock, disagrees.

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