Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
standard fare! - R.C. Riley's magnificent colour pictures recall Britain's ultimate locomotive designs - the 999 BR 'Standards'.
reviews - The latest and best from the bookshop and video store. next issue - Find out what's timetabled to appear in the May issue of Britain's best-selling historical railway magazine. kent coast canter - lan Orriss recalls the locomotives on the Kent Coast between Deal and Ramsgate in the 1950s. R.N.H hardy on shed - Stewart's Lane was home to many 'small' express locomotives, much loved by the crews as R.H.N. Hardy explains. LYR 'Dreadnoughts' - Initially an engineering failure, rebuilding was so successful that more were ordered! Neville Stead presides a photographic essay on the class. welshpool & llanfair - Hugh Ballantyne celebrates the centenary of the 2ft Gin gauge Welsh narrow gauge line which is celebrating its 100th birthday in April. beeching report - Forty years ago this month, British Railways Board Chairman Dr Richard Beeching published his momentous report on 'reshaping' Britain's railways. John Crosse takes a fresh look at the recommendations and implications of a report which not only brought branch closures - but the arrival of Freightliner and merry-go-round. comment - Steam World's new editor climbs aboard the footplate at the start of an exciting journey. call attention - We solve more readers riddles, add more information, but inevitably new questions arise... A collyer on the coal shovel...Life on the footplate could be very tough, as acting fireman Michael Collyer discovers, with especially harsh times during the bitter 1947 winter. the fastline files - A further selection of black and white images from the infrastructure archive of Fastline Photographic. Andrew Dow explains a bridge renewal at Neville Hill, Leeds. day trip To darlington, via clapham junction...With the prospect of an enthralling pailtour from Manchester to Darlington - including a works visit - Jack Hodgkinson couldn't resist the terriptation. platform - Our monthly forum features four pages of letters from Steam World readers on a variety of topics. great shot! - This month we visit St. Margaret's shed, Edinburgh. STRATFORD-UPON-AVON & midland junction railway - Using photographs - almost exclusively unpublished - from John Crawley's collection, he profiles the idiosyncratic Stratford-upon-Avon & Midland junction Railway in the early 1920s. all things considered - Hard experience proves that well-designed railway equipment lasts a very long time indeed, argues Andrew Dow. On the cover: LNER 'B1' 4-6-0 - No. 61031 Reedbuck is at Skegness with a returning excursion to West Riding on August 30 1964.