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Heritage Railway Magazine

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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.

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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Heritage Railway  |  Beeching - the inside track  

To mark the half centenary of The Reshaping of British Railways, the famous watershed report by Dr Richard Beeching which led to lossmaking lines across Britain being axed, here is a fresh, unique and historic exclusive insight into what went on – compiled with the help of perhaps the last surviving member of his planning team who helped process the closures and plot a new future for the network.

• Find out about what went on inside British Railways headquarters at 222 Marylebone Road while the closures were being planned and progressed.
• Learn about the highly-confidential Blue Book of Maps which was packed with highly- sensitive information about key British industries of the day and which was used to help redraw the UK rail network in the mid-Sixties.
• Read about Beeching’s major and lasting successes in the rail freight sector and how the Great Central Railway might have had a future as a Freightliner route.
• Look at how Britain’s railways evolved from the huge losses of the pre-Beeching era into today’s successful network with the highest passenger levels since the Twenties.
• Discover the lines which might, with hindsight, have been saved and why.
• See how people power saved the Settle & Carlisle line.
• Find out why an obscure Norfolk freight branch had top priority for retention.
• View the last days of the Somerset & Dorset Joint system plus much, much more.

Robin Jones is a widely published and highly respected journalist who specialises in heritage transportation and industrial archaeology subjects.
Robin contributes news and feature material on a regular basis across a wide range of railway titles and has written many books on Britain’s railway history.
He is currently the editor of Heritage Railway Magazine.

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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Heritage Railway

An excellent magazine for up-to-date news about preserved railways Reviewed 09 May 2020

Heritage Railway

Always been a great magazine, I think the best of the steam magazines, I always liked the maps and detail right from Issue 1! Reviewed 11 April 2020

Heritage Railway

I rather enjoy the eclectic range of topics and articles. One thing I miss is the modelling section but its not a deal breaker. Reviewed 07 April 2020

Heritage Railway

I thoroughly enjoy reading the magazine. Thank you. Reviewed 29 March 2020

Heritage Railway

Outstanding resource for steam lovers. Reviewed 11 February 2020

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