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Dean Forest Railway

Two level crossings have been given a new lease of life after being handed over to the Dean Forest Railway in Lydney following major upgrade work.

By: Editorial 23 hours 7 min ago

Free Puff - a journey through the archive

The Last Days of Steam - 9th June 1968, part 2
Our second and last series of views of BR's "The Midland Line Centenary Railtour" of 9th June 1967 start at Derby Midland station where BR Standard class 7 Pacific no 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" is seen in the dock at the north end of the station taking water as it awaits the arrival of the train from London St Pancras behind a "Peak" diesel. The most interesting part of this is the attachment of the "proper" nameplates which were fitted by the engine crew over the painted-on ones. The ease with which they handle the right-hand one indicates that this is not an original heavy cast nameplate! Our last shot shows the train near Ambergate. 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.
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

In our newest selection from the Unseen Steam archives our fifth full-length DVD contains rare and previously unseen footage from steam's greatest era. Enjoy this journey back in time through evocative and detailed images illuminated with expert commentary. To order your copy head over to the Unseen Steam shop here.

Unseen Video Highlights

The Unseen team recently caught up with Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway's general manager, Paul Lewin. He was visiting the capital with two of the railway's Quarry Hunslet locos, on display at King’s Cross back in February.
MAMOD - Model Steam Engines
Unseen Steam visited the Mamod workshop in Smethwick Galton Bridge to speak with designer Peter Johnston about his latest designs and discuss the history of Mamod.