Big Four

  • ‘B1’ and ‘Caley’ tank add soul to Gloucs-Warks steam festival

    ‘B1’ and ‘Caley’ tank add soul to Gloucs-Warks steam festival

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    CLOSE to 5,000 passengers travelled on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s trains during the three-day Cotswold Festival of Steam on May 25-17, sponsored by The RM. The successful event, which featured eight locomotives in steam, including three visitors, proved to be very profitable for the railway, attracting more visitors than in 2017, although not quite as…

  • Humphrey Platts, the railway photographer

    Humphrey Platts, the railway photographer

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    Nick Pigott meets Humphrey Platts, who began photographing trains just after the Second World War, capturing a fascinating transitional period on the railways.

  • ‘B1’ and ‘Caley’ tank add Northern Soul to Gloucestershire Warwickshire festival

    ‘B1’ and ‘Caley’ tank add Northern Soul to Gloucestershire Warwickshire festival

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    REPRESENTATIVES from each of the ‘Big Four’ railway companies will make up an eight-engine line-up at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Cotswold Festival of Steam on May 25-27. The RM-sponsored event has been given the theme ‘Northern Soul’ to reflect the presence of two of the visiting locomotives – LNER ‘B1’  No. 1264 and Caledonian Railway…

  • Have you thought about 009?

    Have you thought about 009?

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    Imagine modelling a narrow-gauge Welsh slate quarry, or perhaps the Welsh Highland or Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, past or present. Such projects are becoming possible for many more modellers with the recent resurgence of ready-to-run 009-scale locomotives and rolling stock, writes Pete Kelly.    Now and again, it’s inevitable that some modellers will grow tired…

  • Grouping Britain’s Railways: Creating the ‘Big Four’ in 1923

    Grouping Britain’s Railways: Creating the ‘Big Four’ in 1923

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    By A J Mullay DESPITE being one of the most significant events in the history of Britain’s railways, surprisingly little has been written about the circumstances that led to the Grouping of 1923, creating the ‘Big Four’ regional giants. In this fascinating new book, A J Mullay draws together a wide range of contemporary sources,…

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