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Heritage Railway Magazine

13 issues per year Write Review From £2.69 per issue

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.

Join the Heritage community of steam enthusiasts with a monthly Heritage Railway digital magazine subscription - the UK’s best steam magazine. Subscribe today! 

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Single Digital Issue 262 - 20 December 2019
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Heritage Railway  |  262 - 20 December 2019  

DESPITE many false alarms since2016, Britain could well leave the European Union in 2020. What, however, is not for one minute shrouded in a veil of uncertainty and doubt is the fact that the GreatWesternSociety will, in Birmingham on February 8, be presented with the Heritage Railway Association’s (HRA) new Chairman’s Special Award for an achievement of particular distinction – the culmination of a marathon 45-year project to re-create Churchward Saint 4-6-0, one of the most influential locomotive types in UK railway history.

No. 2999 Lady of Legend invites direct parallels with the story of Britain‘s EU membership. For the purchase of No. 4942 Maindy Hall from Dai Woodham’s Barry scrapyard, the locomotive which has been ‘devolved’ into a unique example of the predecessor of its class, was completed on December 31, 1973… just 24 hours before Britain joined the Common Market and so avoided having to pay VAT on the deal!

And so the society spent what may have turned out to be the entire time that the UK was part of the EU creating this fabulous treasure. Time, however, waits for nobody and it is now nearly 21 years since plans were drawn up to launch Heritage Railway. From the outset we aimed to not only cover the entire preservation scene as a onestop shop but also to highlight the unexpected and unusual of the sector, with the motto ‘There’s always something different in Heritage Railway.’

For 2020, as sponsor of the HRA’s Interpretation Award, we are proud to announce that it is being bestowed on something truly different – a unique and ground-breaking exhibition that highlights the relationship between hand-made model live steam locomotives and the prototype–dating back to the first decade of steam railways.

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
  • Delivered directly to your device every month
  • A discount off the RRP of your magazine

You'll receive issues during a 1 year Heritage Railway magazine subscription.

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2 Customer Reviews
   Heritage Railway Reviewed 29 March 2020 SUBSCRIBER
I thoroughly enjoy reading the magazine. Thank you.
   Heritage Railway Reviewed 11 February 2020 SUBSCRIBER
Outstanding resource for steam lovers.

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