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Free Puff - a journey through the archive

Pre-War Steam Exhibition at New Barnet, 1938
Continuing our scenes from before the War, we turn to the LNER which held what was described as "An Exhibition of Modern Locomotives" at New Barnet on an undisclosed date in, apparently, 1938. There were certainly some then-modern locomotives there, including A4 no 4482 "Golden Eagle" which was built in 1936 and allocated to King's Cross shed although in early 1938 went to Haymarket, so this may cast some doubt on this being 1938. Also seen is "Green Arrow' and, intriguingly, the wheels and motion of a 2-8-2 "Mikado" which is not a P2; this must be one of the two Gresley P1 freight engines - what a shame it's not in action! 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.
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.

Unseen Speaks

Our Archive Heritage 05
In this month's issue, the team at Steam Railway Magazine have written a review for our most recently released feature-length DVD, Our Archive Heritage 05. Read the review here!