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No. 5 loco 'Hercules' on the RH&DR

This year the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway will be celebrating a special milestone as it marks its 90th year since opening.

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Special Bulleids Part 1
By the beginning of 1967 it was apparent that the reign of the Bulleid Pacifics was coming to an end on the Southern Region as only a select few remained "on the books" as the year began. Accordingly, whilst they could still be seen in daily use on the "Last Steam Main Line" to Bournemouth and Weymouth, their appearances on other main lines and branches were far less frequent. A number of special trains during the Spring employed the bog engines on the main line parts of the tours and here we see Original Light Pacifics 34102 and 34057 at Grateley and then Rebuilds 34013 at Evershott and 34021 on the Pompey lines.’ Login to read more

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LMS “Black 5” no. 45212 was an early arrival on the nascent Keighley & Worth Valley preservation group's branch line to Oxenhope in Bronte Country and is the power for this trip up the line in 1968.
Greenhithe
Sometime in 1968 (the actual date was not recorded) Andrew Barclay-built fireless steam locomotive no. S/11 is seen “in steam” at the Reed Paper Group's Empire Paper Mills at Greenhithe in Kent
An 0-4-0 saddle tank was still in use in 1968 on the Storefield Mines industrial system near Middlesborough, part of the South Durham Steel & Iron Corporation's vast complex on Teesside.

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Collett ‘64XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 6437 waits at Sharpness with the auto-train for Berkeley Road on June 7 1962. The Vale of Berkeley Railway plans to rebuild the station as close as possible to its original appearance, so this scene could be exactly recreated in the future – using one of the three preserved ‘64XXs’ that also worked on the branch.

“We can hear the Dean Forest Railway from here,” says Tony Goddard as we walk over the former GWR ‘high level’ bridge, looking down onto the Midland Railway bridge that still has rails set into its roadway. “It’s only 2.5 miles as the crow flies – but a lot further by road or rail!”

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Unseen Steam : Why we archive
Unseen Steam visited some of our favourite preserved railways and steam enthusiasts to find out what archiving means to them.
No. 1589 'Newstead' - The Lost Loco
We met up with Nene Valley Railway and Small Loco Group volunteer, Mathew Alden-Farrow to hear the remarkable story of Hunslet No. 1589 'Newstead' which was obtained from a a shed at a convent in the east of England.