Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
the final push - Forty-eight hours before the Army got its clutches on him in 1951, Klaus Marx embarked on an epic one-day tour of sheds on the Kent Coast, as he recounts in an article illustrated with a wealth of pictures by Steam World photographers,
A winter warmer: the 'cornish riviera express' - The winter chill is warmed up a little by Peter Kerslake's picture feature on 'King' 4-6-Os at the head of the Western's most famous tourist train. the morning pick-up - After cycling to Springs Branch shed at 5am, former Wigan fireman Arthur Pollard describes how he and his driver were confronted by problems first with cattle and then a stricken 'Patriot'. east coast extra! - A month after his classic colour photography was featured in the Steam World 2003 Calendar, Keith Pirt returns with some more views of express action on the East Coast Main Line. steam's the themh - Following his look at Gresley's streamliners in the November issue, Neville Stead turns his attention to their great rivals - Stanier's 'Princess Coronation' class 'Pacifics'. A stranger strolls down stewart's lane - As his epic memoir of life at the South London MPD reaches the two-year point - with part 24 - R.H.N. Hardy remembers the artisans and other shed staff who kept the engines running. darkroom discoveries - On the 40th anniversary of the Big Freeze of 1963, John Stretton presents a series of shots by Les Wade of locomotives in the snow in February that year. what, where, when? - A pair of 4-6-0s are the subjects of our popular monthly competition. all change at wakefield! - Photographer Peter Fitton captures a series of train movements at Wakefield Westgate in a fascinating sequence of pictures. platform - Reactions to our articles on Manchester stations, '9Fs' on passenger duties and Maunsell's 'Moguls' dominate our five-page postbag section. the ultimate steam depot? - The mid-1950s were a time of over-ambitious expansion plans by the railway. Lawson Little looks at one 'might have been' that failed to get off the drawing board at Langwith junction. comment - The particular opportunities, challenges and problems posed by railways in city centres come under the Editor's microscope this month. call attention - Train announcing equipment is a subject little covered by railway writers, so John Crawley aims to make up for the omission in our evergreen round-up of the weird and wonderful. A fine day for 'jubilees' and 'coronations' - Steam World's esteemed Historical Consultant Richard Strange concludes his two-part feature on a day spent on the northern reaches of the West Coast Main Line in 1962. the 'elizabethan' age of the train! - After William Alcock's gripping account of a footplate ride on 'The Elizabethan' last month, Dennis Dey begins a two-part examination of the history of the renowned non-stop train from 1953-61. reviews - Videos on the pioneer Lancaster-Morecambe-Heysham electrics and on 2002's top preserved steam events are reviewed this month. all things considered - Andrew Dow, who will be bringing a major new series to Steam World from next month (see page 67), offers his usual slice of robust opinion in'his ^monthly column. next issue - Find out what's on the refreshment car menu for the March issue of the UK's top-selling historical railway journal. On the cover: Gresley 'A4' No. 60019 Bittern climbs through the cutting north of Stonehaven with the morning Aberdeen to Glasgow 3hr express, in June 1966.