Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
A 'rookie' at canklow shed - In Steam World two years ago, our article 'Last Steam Express from the City of Steel' proved one of the most popular reads of the year. Now its author, former Canklow and Tinsley driver Mick Hayes - a veteran engineman with 43 years' footplate experience - begins an anecdote-packed new series on his career at the bustling South Yorkshire shed, where he started work as a 15-year-old cleaner.
In the cab - from SR Pacifics To 'M7s'- As an engineering apprentice at Eastleigh Locomotive Works, Colin Boocock was entitled to six weeks' footplate experience. WR summer steam at newton abbot - As the summer holiday season begins, thoughts turn to the masses of trains that used to whisk tourists to the seaside in the steam era. Fifty years ago, the late Norman Browne spent a day with his camera capturing the intensive traffic through Newton Abbot station in Devon. The pitfalls of being A LNER fireman - Continuing his account of his life as a footplateman at Ipswich, Michael Collyer recalls some more of the hazards and pitfalls that could be encountered from the cab of a locomotive. Comment - Teamwork during steam days was to be marvelled at and ensured that the railways could perform very well. Call Attention - We solve more readers' riddles, add new information, and highlight some railway quirks. Darkroom Discoveries - In our monthly showcase of fine photography, Kenneth Oldham concludes his look at the immediate post-war years and the early days of British Railways Arthurian Legends? - The LSWR's redoubtable Chief Mechanical Engineer Dugald Drummond died in 1912 and was succeeded by his locomotive works manager R.W. Urie, This marked a complete break in locomotive design, exemplified in the difference between the complicated and largely unsuccessful 4-6-Os designed by Drummond and the simple, robust ones designed by Urie. Peter Treloar profiles the 'King Arthurs' with pictures from his collection. A 'stranger' strolls down Stewart's Lane - As he enters the final stages of his long-running series, former Stewart's Lane Shedmaster R.H.N. Elardy focuses not only on the locomotives but also some of the memorable enginemen. what, where, when? - As we bid farewell to our mystery picture competition, we round up your answers for the last four pictures. Straight-Shooting in the Sheds - With their lofty roofs and locomotives grouped around the turntable, roundhouses could provide an atmospheric location for steam photographers. Straight sheds, with their obstructions and lack of light, were a different proposition but, as Tom Heavyside demonstrates in a picture feature, good photography - though trickier - was still possible. PLATFORM - Another monthly forum for readers' views, comments, observations and questions. Great Shot! - A classic main line scene from the golden years, in colour by Keith Pint. All Things Considered - Our must-be-read columnist Andrew Dow serves up another slice of opinion about how railways used to be run. 'Camping' IN Cornwall - Camping coaches allowed the railway to make use of old rolling stock and tourists to enjoy a relatively cheap seaside or rural holiday. Chris Gammell describes how a camping coach, though somewhat spartan, provided an ideal, base for enthusiasts to watch trains. Next Issue - Take a look up the line to sees what's on the horizon in the July issue of Britain's top-selling historical railway magazine. Don't miss out - order your copy from the newsagents now! Cover: LNER 'A3' No. 60063 Isinglass departs from Retford in November 1960 with a King's Cross train.