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Caley no 123 on the Callender & Oban line, part 1
One of the best-remembered railtours of the fateful year of 1963 is the subject of our latest mini-series. This, taking place less than three weeks after Dr Beeching made his famous "Report" to the government, traversed some lines which would become victims of that report. It started on Monday 12th April at Glasgow Central and the initial part was hauled by the famous 4-2-2 "Caledonian Single" no 123 and traversed the Callender 7 Oban line as far as Killin Junction behind that machine. We see it just after it had joined the C&O as it departs Doune and then exchanges tokens at the rural outpost Drumwaich Crossing, a loop without a station. A stop for water is made at Strathyre. Login to read more

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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.
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.

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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!