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New Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales

The project to build new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales has announced major milestones both in construction and fundraising. Work has started on assembling the crank axle at South Devon Railway Engineering Ltd in Buckfastleigh, Devon and The Mikado Club fundraising initiative to pay for the wheeling of the engine has reached its initial target of £200,000 pledged almost three months earlier than... read the full story

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The East Midlander Part 3
Our third and final clip of this railtour featuring a pair of 4-4-0s from Nottingham to Darlington in 1962 sees the two engines, SR no. 30925 "Cheltenham" and LMS 2P no. 40646 after their arrival in the East Midlands town of Doncaster (sic) where they gave way to a local enine in the form of WD 2-8-0 no. 90348 for the short run round to Darlington North Road for a works visit whilst the 4-4-0s were serviced. Note how the "Schools" buffers, immaculate white on the first part of the tour, had been marked with grease after the short tender first running between Wetherby and Starbeck and how they were returned to pristine white during the servicing stop at Darlington! 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.