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Heritage Railway - Issue 248


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CONTENTS

Headline News 6
■ Double Caledonian blues at Bo’ness & Kinneil gala
■ Tornado to run its first-ever Santa specials
on Nene Valley Railway
■ South Devon commemorates 60 years of BR closure to passengers
■ Patriot boiler lowered into frames of The Unknown Warrior
■ Llangollen last train to Corwen temporary platform

News 10
■ Vintage Trains brings US-style Polar Express to Birmingham main line
■ Didcot to spend £300K overhauling first locomotive
■ Thieves bring Halloween horror to Blaenavon
■ Steam Works now open at Bluebell’s Sheffield Park
■ New Aberystwyth station for Vale of Rheidol
■ Grant boost for Lynton & Barnstaple westward push
■ Union of South Africa wows Bluebell autumn crowds
■ Duchess of Sutherland sparkles in eight-locomotive Swanage gala

Main Line News 56
■ Flying Scotsman to haul memorial train for Sir William McAlpine
■ Business as usual at Railway Touring Company despite founder’s passing
■ Tornado cancels all main line trips until January

With Full Regulator 64
Don Benn compares the performances of GWR and Southern locomotives on
the South Devon banks

Regulars
Subscribe Today 30
Railwayana 42
Geoff Courtney’s regular column Centre 54
A world first several times over!
The first internal combustion
powered passenger vehicle and
the first DMU to appear on a
Heritage Railway centre spread!
Main Line Itinerary 62
Steam and heritage diesel Railtours
Off the Shelf  90
Latest book and DVD releases
Platform 94
Where your views matter most
Up & Running 96
Guide to railways running in the autumn
The Month Ahead 106

Features
The final days of the Waverley Route
Fifty years ago, despite the huge numbers of objections, The Waverley
Route from Carlisle to Edinburgh was closed. Trevor Gregg looks at the
history of the route and shares his recollections of both the line and his
journey on one of the farewell tours.

Embsay’s world first! Second
dawn of modern traction

October 19, 2018, is now indelibly
etched in the annals of heritage
railway history as this was when the
world’s first internal combustion
powered passenger vehicle gave its
first rides in 88 years. The NER
petrol-electric autocar No. 3170 was
the train the world forgot until now,
reports Robin Jones.

Banking over the alps!
Gareth Evans reports on the
wealth of interest which was to be
enjoyed at the Mid-Hants Railway’s
three-day Autumn Steam Gala, held
between October 19 and 21. He
finds a railway that appears to have
regained its confidence, with positivity
the order of the day – perhaps helped
by the recent appointment of a new
general manager.

How the steam age began
In the second part of his series about
the dawn of steam, Brian Sharpe
investigates the background to how
the position of chief mechanical
engineer came about in the early
days – leading to the evolution of
locomotive design. He examines the
period between the passing of the
Stockton & Darlington Railway bill –
to the building of Planet.

A taste of the regulator! 80
Gareth Evans samples a steam taster
driver experience course at the
Swindon & Cricklade Railway and
also learns how the railway manages
the process from an operational
perspective.

The railway rally 84
Mike Huckfield shares his experience
of organising a day out with a
difference with a group of
like-minded friends to visit as many
heritage railways as possible in a
single day

Irwell in action! 86
Gareth Evans reports on the East
Lancashire Railway’s autumn steam
gala with special guests GWR 2-8-0
No. 2857, 2-8-0T No. 4247 and
Princess Coronation Pacific No. 6233
Duchess of Sutherland.


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