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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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Heritage Railway  |  Great British Steam: The National Collection  


This is the story of the world’s finest collection of steam railway locomotives - legends such as Flying Scotsman, Mallard, Stephenson’s Rocket and City of Truro, which became household names for many generations, and are now owned by the public.
These are the locomotives that not only shaped global transport history but steered the evolution of the modern world, shrinking continents and making rapid transit between one-time faraway places an everyday occurrence affordable to all.
The National Collection was amassed largely in the face of modernisation of the British railway network, when the introduction of diesel and electric locomotives in the Fifties led to the mass withdrawal and scrapping of many classic steam locomotive types. Officialdom decreed that examples should be preserved for posterity thus creating a fantastic legacy of locomotives big and small for future generations to relish.
This bookazine looks at both the big named engines and the lesser-known workhorses, which richly deserve their place alongside them, all with their own stories to tell.
*Duchess of Hamilton. Stranded in the USA during the Second World War, it was saved from the scrapman by becoming a Butlin’s holiday camp exhibit.
*Flying Scotsman, the world’s most famous locomotive, was turned down for the National Collection only to be bought by a private enthusiast.
*Secrecy surrounded City of Truro’s alleged world-beating 100mph run in 1904 for many years because the public mood of the day was against speeding trains.
*Rocket set the blueprint for all steam locomotive types that came after it - and is so famous that many copies of it have been built over the past 187 years.
These stories and many, many more unfold throughout the 132 pages of this bookazine.

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   |   Great British Steam: The National Collection   


This is the story of the world’s finest collection of steam railway locomotives - legends such as Flying Scotsman, Mallard, Stephenson’s Rocket and City of Truro, which became household names for many generations, and are now owned by the public.
These are the locomotives that not only shaped global transport history but steered the evolution of the modern world, shrinking continents and making rapid transit between one-time faraway places an everyday occurrence affordable to all.
The National Collection was amassed largely in the face of modernisation of the British railway network, when the introduction of diesel and electric locomotives in the Fifties led to the mass withdrawal and scrapping of many classic steam locomotive types. Officialdom decreed that examples should be preserved for posterity thus creating a fantastic legacy of locomotives big and small for future generations to relish.
This bookazine looks at both the big named engines and the lesser-known workhorses, which richly deserve their place alongside them, all with their own stories to tell.
*Duchess of Hamilton. Stranded in the USA during the Second World War, it was saved from the scrapman by becoming a Butlin’s holiday camp exhibit.
*Flying Scotsman, the world’s most famous locomotive, was turned down for the National Collection only to be bought by a private enthusiast.
*Secrecy surrounded City of Truro’s alleged world-beating 100mph run in 1904 for many years because the public mood of the day was against speeding trains.
*Rocket set the blueprint for all steam locomotive types that came after it - and is so famous that many copies of it have been built over the past 187 years.
These stories and many, many more unfold throughout the 132 pages of this bookazine.
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You'll receive 13 issues during a 1 year Heritage Railway magazine print subscription.
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