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Heritage Railway magazine is the world’s authority on the topic of steam era preservation. Bringing you unparalleled insight into the joys of steam train preservation and restoration. Stay up-to-date with every aspect of Britain’s incredible railway network and the locomotives that rely on it!


Enjoy a unique insight into the world of steam train restoration and witness first hand the highs and lows of returning a train to its former glory. Enduring British steam locomotives are the focus of Heritage Railway magazine, but make no mistake, there are plenty of industry-leading commentary on the historic rolling stock, comprehensive rail tour guides and information on signals and stations.


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THIS year we have commemorated a low point in the annals of UK heritage traction, the eradication of steam from the main line and its scrapping en
masse 50 years ago.

There were many observers who believed back in 1968 that with the passing of a generation or two, steam would be slowly but surely forgotten, and
interest would wane. However, as we have seen, the exact opposite
is the case.

Untold miracles have been worked in the sector of railway heritage since the Talyllyn Railway was taken over by volunteers in1951, and they are
still coming fast and furiously.

Arguably one of the highest points of the movement came in October, and had little to do with steam.Our special feature on pages 50-55 outlines the comeback of one of the most phenomenal preservation projects of all–the rebuild of the world’s first modern traction passenger vehicle to running
order in all its early Edwardian magnificence and complete with a matching auto-trailer. I was there at its launch on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and I can vouch for the fact that you have to see and ride in this vehicle to appreciate its true splendour, original woodwork, clerestory roof and all.

However, there are many more big landmarks now queueing up to take the limelight. Next year should see the long-awaited debut of new GWR Saint
No. 2999 Lady of Legend at Didcot Railway Centre, giving us another window on the age of Edwardian railways. And another glaring hole is set to be filled in the Swindon heritage fleet, in the form of Grange 4-6-0 No. 6880 Betton Grange, which now seems to be on its homeward straight at Tyseley.

Heritage Railway magazine is the UK’s leading news contributor for the steam locomotive industry. In each issue, enjoy featured articles full of commentary from some of the UK’s foremost experts on steam locomotives. One week you’ll find yourself taking a trip along the Cleethorpes Light Railway and the next you’ll take a trip down memory lane to experience the wonders of the classic of Northwest England railways - discover it all within the pages of Heritage Railway magazine!


Enjoy must-read editor’s picks in every issue and peruse our exclusive in-depth reviews of all the latest restorations, tours and attractions. Throughout the pages of Heritage Railway magazine, you’ll find some of the finest nostalgic and contemporary photography the industry has to offer. 

A Heritage Railway digital magazine subscription is a must for football fans of all ages, enjoy:

  • The UK’s number one steam locomotive magazine
  • Expert commentary from the industry’s leading authorities
  • Unique insight from editors
  • Incredible atmospheric photography
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You'll receive 13 issues during a 1 year Heritage Railway magazine subscription.

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Heritage Railway   |   248   


THIS year we have commemorated a low point in the annals of UK heritage traction, the eradication of steam from the main line and its scrapping en
masse 50 years ago.

There were many observers who believed back in 1968 that with the passing of a generation or two, steam would be slowly but surely forgotten, and
interest would wane. However, as we have seen, the exact opposite
is the case.

Untold miracles have been worked in the sector of railway heritage since the Talyllyn Railway was taken over by volunteers in1951, and they are
still coming fast and furiously.

Arguably one of the highest points of the movement came in October, and had little to do with steam.Our special feature on pages 50-55 outlines the comeback of one of the most phenomenal preservation projects of all–the rebuild of the world’s first modern traction passenger vehicle to running
order in all its early Edwardian magnificence and complete with a matching auto-trailer. I was there at its launch on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway and I can vouch for the fact that you have to see and ride in this vehicle to appreciate its true splendour, original woodwork, clerestory roof and all.

However, there are many more big landmarks now queueing up to take the limelight. Next year should see the long-awaited debut of new GWR Saint
No. 2999 Lady of Legend at Didcot Railway Centre, giving us another window on the age of Edwardian railways. And another glaring hole is set to be filled in the Swindon heritage fleet, in the form of Grange 4-6-0 No. 6880 Betton Grange, which now seems to be on its homeward straight at Tyseley.
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You'll receive 13 issues during a 1 year Heritage Railway magazine print subscription.
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