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STEAM DAYS

August 2018 issue.This includes the annual article by Frederick Rogers looking back 50 years, timed this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the end of BR standard gauge steam.

In the coverage of Railtours there are two references to the LCGB. One in the text briefly summarises the end of steam Railtour on Sunday 4 August and the other is to the Tour with Alan Pegler's 'Flying Scotsman' on 1 May non-stop from Kings Cross to Edinburgh commemorating the first such run 40 years earlier.

Steam Railway - Issue No.482 - 20 July 2018. This includes an article covering the LCGB 40th Anniversary Non-stop of 1 May 1968 with Alan Pegler and 'Flying Scotsman'. The article includes a full log of the run, details of the water supply problems en route and, unusually, a photo of the return non-stop run on Saturday 4 May 1968.



LCGB/PTG CUBA FEBRUARY 2018



We are fortunate to have a list of all the steam locomotives seen
The numbers on a few of the locos are not believed to be correct
Details are noted on the list where known

Click her to see the list

 

Ivor Harding Films

The club has been bequeathed some scanned copies of the late Ivor Harding film collection.
These can be made available to members wishing to view them.
They consist of a large number of MP4 format files held on a single copy data stick but are too large to email.
They are intended for personal viewing (or at LCGB Branch Meetings) and are not to be used for commercial purposes without the permission of the LCGB.
Ivor was a regular attendee at the London and St. Albans branches. His work and railway interests enabled him to travel to many countries around the world.
Click here to see the list of films
If interested contact Chris Capewell


Havana January 2018


Hershey Railway

Hershey Works April 2016

We called to see a driver who had helped us in 2016.
He has been redundant without pay since the storm damaged the overhead wires. He says a section north of Hershey is operational and will be followed by Hershey - Casablanca (optimistic)
Casablanca station was deserted, and still has the timetable board unchanged but a tatty handwritten notice says 'Closed'. The cafe was deserted too.

Cristina Museum

Cristina Museum Tower January 2018
Work is still proceeding, the left hand tower is complete and the righthand tower nearing completion. The locos which were outside in the Arsenal Park in 2016 are still there.
1122, E1138, 1205, 1308, 1816
Posters still say completion in 2018.





2017 Photographic Competition Winners

Class A winner by Jeremy Harrison

Click here to see all the 2017 winning entries.

These are all big Acrobat files which might take a short while to load

Click here to see all the 2015 winning entries.

Click here to see all the 2014 winning entries.

Click here to see all the 2013 winning entries.



May 2017
Webmaster visits Paraguay


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LCGB Overseas Study Tour to South Africa
March 29th – April 24th 2017

Photos by Robin Patrick

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LCGB IN THE RAILWAY PRESS

RAILWAY MAGAZINE


Railway Magazine - October 2017 Issue
The 'Practice and Performance' article on pages 20 - 24 concludes with a log and description of the run of WD 2-8-0 No. 90076 from Wakefield Kirkgate to Goole on the Club North West Branch's 'Crab Commemorative Railtour' of 8 October 1966.

The article states that this log is the only one known of a run by a WD 2-8-0 on a main line passenger train. There is an accompanying photo of the train after arrival at Goole.

Railway Magazine - May 2017 Issue
On page 108 there is an additional feature entitled 'World Track Record Special' .This is about India and much of the
information was provided by Chris Lewis based on his observations while leading the recent Club tour of India.

Railway Magazine - February 2016 Issue.
This includes an article by well known photographer and author, John H Bird entitled 'The beginning of the end for Southern Steam'. Much of the text and photographs cover the LCGB 'Mendip Merchantman Railtour' of 1 January 1966 to the S+D line and his chasing (by service train, not car!) of the repeated 'S15 Commemorative Railtour' of 9 and 16 January 1966

Railway Magazine - January 2016 - page 53 within the Rail Holiday feature is an LCGB page! It consists of a half-page advertisement for LCGB Overseas Study Tours followed by a half-page 'advertorial' about the Club and its activities.

OLD GLORY

(Steam and Vintage Preservation)

September 2017 issue. Brief article by Robin Patrick covering non-rail steam vehicles at the LCGB 'Stars of Sandstone' event in South Africa in April 2017.

STEAM WORLD

October 2017 issue. In the readers letters feature, Platform, there is a letter praising the LCGB 'B4 Dock Tank Railtour' of April 1963 and explaining how the writer as an impecunious teenager managed to travel at affordable cost from the North West to Hampshire to join the Tour. The letter is from Ray Hardman who later became Fixtures and Railtours Officer for the NW Branch and organised a number of outstanding Railtours in the last years of steam.

Also on page 59 in an article about steam at Guildford, there is a photo of USA tank No. 30064 taking water at the station while hauling the joint LCGB/RCTS 'Midhurst Belle' Railtour of 18 October 1964.

STEAM DAYS


August 2018 issue.This includes the annual article by Frederick Rogers looking back 50 years, timed this year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the end of BR standard gauge steam.

In the coverage of Railtours there are two references to the LCGB. One in the text briefly summarises the end of steam Railtour on Sunday 4 August and the other is to the Tour with Alan Pegler's 'Flying Scotsman' on 1 May non-stop from Kings Cross to Edinburgh commemorating the first such run 40 years earlier.

The latter is accompanied by the late Patrick Russell's famous epic photo of No. 4472 with Deltic No. D9021 at Belle Isle.

Steam Days - August 2017 Issue. Inside the front cover is a photograph of the joint LCGB North West Branch/Roch Valley Railway Society Railtour
of the Trafford Park industrial estate and Manchester Ship Canal Railway on 29 October 1967. The train was made up of brake vans and
open trucks and was double-headed by MSC 0-6-0T No.67 (Hunslet) and ex L&Y 'Pug' No. 51218.

Steam Days - December 2017 Issue. Pages 40 - 50 cover with excellent photos the last days of steam over Shap. One of the photos is of No. 7029 'Clun Castle'
passing Penrith on the LCGB North West Branch 'Castle to Carlisle' Railtour of 14 October 1967.

Steam Days - May 2017 Issue
This issue includes the annual article looking back 50 years, in this case to 1967, on pages 11 - 30. The LCGB is mentioned in the section about Railtours also with a photo of the Club's 100th Railtour on 5 February 1967, the 'South Western Suburban Railtour'.

Also, there is an occasional reader correspondence feature entitled 'Tail Lamp Extra' on page 66 about rarely photographed engines. One of the letters refers to No.48663 hauling the LCGB North West Branch 'West Leigh Railtour'
of 15 June 1963.


Steam Days - September 2016 Issue.

This issue includes an interesting article on the last weekend of the Great Central Main Line in September 1966.The article has lengthy references to the LCGB last day Railtour from Waterloo along with photographs.

The magazine is facilitating a reader led exercise to track down photos of camera-shy locomotives. These include 8F No.48663 with a photo and reference to its haulage of the LCGB North West Branch Atherton Brake Van Railtour in June 1966.

Finally, though not with a direct LCGB reference, there is a readers' letter from the Club's former Publicity Officer of the 1970s/80s, Bob Ratcliffe, about the workings in the 1950s of the Stewarts Lane based Merchant Navy Pacifics on the Dover and Folkestone continental boat trains.

Steam Days - May 2016 Issue. An excellent article by Frederick Rogers reviewing the railway scene in 1966. On the subject of Railtours there are pictures with detail captions of three Club Tours and mention in the text of the fact that the Club ran no lessthan 19 Tours during the year.

The LCGB certainly made maximum use of the year starting on New Years Day with the 'Mendip Merchantman' from Waterloo to the Somerset & Dorset line on what should have been but turned out not to be its last day. The year ended with the 'Isle of Wight Steam Farewell' to the last day of steam between Ryde and Shanklin on 31 December. Truly a momentous year for the LCGB!

Steam Days - February 2016 Issue. This includes a photo feature on the Bulleid Q1 class. One photo is of No. 33006 at Salisbury awaiting 'U' No. 31639 to couple on as pilot for 33006's last run on the LCGB 'Wilts and Hants' Railtour' which was to Waterloo via the Mid-Hants line on 3 April, 1966.

STEAM RAILWAY


Steam Railway - Issue No.482 - 20 July 2018. This includes an article covering the LCGB 40th Anniversary Non-stop of 1 May 1968 with Alan Pegler and 'Flying Scotsman'. The article includes a full log of the run, details of the water supply problems en route and, unusually, a photo of the return non-stop run on Saturday 4 May 1968.

Steam Railway - Issue No. 450, 29 January 2016.
This issue covers the end of the Somerset and Dorset line 50 years ago in early March 1966 with the Club's railtour on the Saturday hauled by No.34006 'Bude' and No.34057 'Biggin Hill' and two Ivatt 2-6-2 tanks receiving prominent coverage.

Issue No. 430 dated 18 July 2014. Article covering the re-enactment at the Churnet Valley Railway of the Club's repeated Great Eastern Suburban Railtour in 1962 with N7 No. 69621.

Also in the same issue is a feature on Gavin Morrison's photos of the last days of Yorkshire steam. This includes a shot of WD 2-8-0 No.90076 having arrived at Goole from Wakefield Kirkgate with the North West Branch's Crab Commemorative Railtour in October 1966.

The Tour shortly returned to Manchester and Liverpool with Crab No. 42942.



The LCGB train at Kurseongto Ghum on the Darjeeling Railway in 2016.
The locomotive is the standard Class B for the line, 0-4-0T 806.

Study Tours of India


Click here to see a full report of the January 2017 tour to the South of India and Sri Lanka


Click here to see January 2016 Tour Photographs covering the North of India






September 2016
Webmaster visits Namibia and Zimbabwe
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LCGB/IRS Tour to Poland/Slovakia/Czech Republic
2016
by David Rollins and Nigel Mundy



Click to see this report




October 2015 LCGB Tour of North Korea
by Keith Jones



Click to see this report which includes interesting backgrounds of the country




Click to see Howard Forster and Chris Campbells'
full report of their visit to Japan
with 76 Photographs


The number of photographs may make the page slow to load




SRI LANKA

The Club's extremely successful Overseas Study Tour to Sri Lanka in January has received some significant coverage in the media,

Thanks are due to Chris and Robin together with Colin Miell and Bob Stonehouse for supplying material to the magazines.

The magazines are Railway Herald, Railway Magazine and Heritage Railway

The Club Overseas Study Tour to Sri Lanka took place from 14th to 25th January 2015 and was blessed with superb weather conditions.

The Club achieved a first by taking steam back to Jaffna after a gap of 45 years. The line had only reopened in October following many years of civil unrest. With the granting of special permission, the train went on with steam to arrive in Kankesanthurai just before dusk over a line only reopened 2 weeks previously.

The steam programme overall turned out to be rather too ambitious and was altered as circumstances demanded. On the last day returning to Colombo, the train was left at Ragama due to injector problems with the tender tank locomotive No. 213.

Click here for full report and Robin Patrick's photographs

NOW INCLUDE DIESEL PHOTOS TOO



THe LCGB Group at Colombo Fort Station on 16th January 2015, immediately prior to the start of the steam tour.


Class B2B 4-6-0 tender tank performs a runpast
en route from Anuradhapura to Maho Junction, 19th January 2015


Class B1d 4-6-0 No. 340 Fredrick North (R Stephenson 1944) stands at Jaffna
after arriving with the first steam hauled train to arrive in 45 years.


Class B1d 4-6-0 performs a late afternoon runpast near Kalkudah,
en route from Galoya Junction to Batticaloa, 21st January 2015.


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