Opening Scene: ARC’s new class 59s appeared in October, 59102 is seen at Woodborough on its second revenue-earning train.
Battle of Britain Anniversary: Celebrations in the South East – 34072 on the main line, 73109 in Southampton, armoured train on the RHDR and 34072 on the Bluebell Railway.
Cab Ride – The Cumbrian Coast: From Barrow to Carlisle via Sellafield and Workington, over the scenic Cumbrian Coast line, which still bristles with semaphores!
Eastleigh Works: Railscene visits the former LSWR works at Eastleigh in Hampshire to see NSE and Provincial stock undergoing overhaul, from 442s to 33s and Sprinters.
Diesel Preservation: Diesel Galas on the Llangollen Railway and the East Lancs, with 03 and 25 – hauled freights, double-headed 25s and 40s, etc.
Railmail: Last days of DPUs loco-hauled postal and parcels trains in Newcastle and the S&C and a detailed tour of the Post Office’s unique ‘Mailrail’ system deep under the heart of London.
BR News Lines: 59/1 at work, 59/1 on passenger stock, 60s at Eastleigh and on the S&C, 158 on the S&C the Southern and Scottish Regions. Loco-haulage in Scotland ends, 31s and sprinter substitutes. 20s to Skegness and the Cumbrian Coast. 26/31 and 56/31 combinations, Cambridge Gala with 56, 31, 37 and 73s, 37s on railtour and two red 47s. PO 20 on a railtour and Tamworth Castle officially reinstated. Tinsley Open Day, including 33s on a tour and back in passenger service. The latest ‘Sandite Tadpole’, LT ‘Heritage Stock’ from the Isle of Wight and an MLV on a Freight!
GWR on the GWR: The Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway’s coming-of-age! Full coverage of the GWRs Autumn Gala with Pannier 7752, Prairie 6106, Castle 5080 and City of Truro from Toddington to Gretton.
Preservation News Focus: Bellerophon on the Middleton Railway, T3 0-8-0 and ‘Schools’ on the NYMR, Bahamas weekend on the Worth Valley, with the Jinty, P3 and Coal Tank, twin class 4s on the East Lancs (75078 and 76079), the 9Fs return on the Bluebell (92240), the Great Central’s Extension to Leicester North, 3205 on the West Somerset and Carnforth celebrations with 71000, 48151, 5407 and others!
Archive: Twenty-five years ago on the Southern, with V, Q and S15s on railtours, M7s at Sidmouth Junction, Budleigh Salterton and Yeovil Town.
BR Main Line Steam News: 6201 in North Wales, 46203 in Sheffield, 46229 at Carlisle and on the S&C, 71000 ‘on the Drag’, 60009 in North Wales, on the S&C and in Scotland, 2005 returns over the West Highland, 53809 at Dore, 45596 at Selside, 5305 at Fort William, 5407 at Llanfairfechin and 777 south of Skipton. Eleven engines!
Cover Photo: The S15 Railtour of January 1966, pictured at Bentley in the snow (see our archive feature).
Approximately 120 minutes.