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Free Puff - a journey through the archive

Last Days at Lyme Regis, part 1
In 1961 the Adams Radial tanks of the LSWR, which had soldiered on for over 3 decades longer than their classmates, faced an imminent threat: the arrival of LMS Ivatt class 2 engines. These were tested on the branch and, after a few minor tweeks to the track, were deemed suitable replacements. The Adams engines were withdrawn that summer and we see the cuckoo in the nest in the form of one of the LMS invaders, arriving at the East Devon resort and running round its train which did at least sport Southern stock, in the form of a Bulleid Brake Second and a Maunsell Open Second. Login to read more

Latest from the Unseen archive

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.

Unseen Speaks

Our Archive Heritage 05
In this month's issue, the team at Steam Railway Magazine have written a review for our most recently released feature-length DVD, Our Archive Heritage 05. Read the review here!