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NG G13 Beyer Garratt locomotive No. 60 "Drakensberg"

Arrival of the locomotive this week signalled the completion of 3 years of careful negotiations and an 800 mile journey from Switzerland to Mid Wales.

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Whitsun Bank Holiday - 1955
The North Staffordshire Railway's branch line to Trentham Gardens just to the south of Stoke-on-Trent had opened in 1910 after the Gardens themselves had been gifted to the County Borough of Stoke-on-Trent by the Duke of Sutherland. It had a short life as a passenger-carrying railway, closing to normal passenger service in 1927. Nevertheless it continued in use for a further 30 years for excursion work and we see a number of such trains on the Whitsun Bank Holiday of 30th May 1955 at the terminus and at Trentham Junction on the main line. 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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RHDR No. 8 Hurricane is ready to depart Dungeness with a train to Hythe at the railway's 90th Anniversary Steam & Diesel Gala on May 13

This month, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway celebrates its 90th anniversary, but this main line in miniature is still going strong, as Thomas Bright discovers.

This article is an excerpt from a feature that appears in Steam Railway magazine this month. For more, pick up your copy of Steam Railway magazine today!

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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.