2017 LCGB AGMwill be at
Keen House, 4 Calshot St, Kings Cross, London N1 9DA
Saturday, 6th May 2017
Further details to follow
Webmaster visits Namibia and Zimbabwe
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Winner of 2016 Photographic Competition Class A
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LCGB/IRS Tour to Poland/Slovakia/Czech Republic
Study Tour of India January 2016
Tour now completed.
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The steam charter train of the Locomotive Club of Great Britain took members on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling.
It is the first passenger steam train to travel over the section from Tindharia to Kurseong following its re-opening in December 2015. It was closed as a through route nearly five years ago when some sections were subjected to landslides in the monsoon season.
It was re-opened for a period in Spring 2015 but closed again shortly afterwards following more rockfalls during the Summer monsoons.
The picture shows the LCGB train taking water just before the worst
LCGB IN THE RAILWAY PRESS
Steam Days - September 2016 Issue.
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.
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.
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
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.
November 2015 - the major part of Keith Farr's performance article on page 22 is about 20 March 1965. On this day the LCGB and BR Western Region operated a Railtour from Paddington to Bristol (Temple Meads) and return.
This was in conjunction with the public namings of Brush Type 4s (later Class 47) Nos:D1661 as 'North Star' and D1662 as 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel' at the two locations prior to high speed runs between them with the two locomotives.
October 2015 - in the Readers Platform (letters page) there is a letter from our Club Chairman, Bob Breakwell, congratulating Nick Pigott on his retirement after a record-breaking length of tenure as Editor.
May 2015 - in Keith Farr's locomotive performance article, 4 of the 5 logs described are of LCGB Tours in 1964-65 with supporting photos including the Club's former emblem, No. 70000 'Britannia' at Portsmouth Harbour on the 'Vectis Railtour' and No.35022 'Holland-America Line' at Waterloo on the famous duplicated 'East Devon Railtour'.
The same issue on page 63 covers the re-enactment of the duplicated 'Great Eastern Suburban Railtour' of 1962 with N7 No.69621 at the Churnet Valley Railway, albeit in vastly different surroundings! This event is also covered in STEAM RAILWAY No. 440, page 40, published 24 April 2015.
March 2015 - within the World Track Record feature there is a section on preservation in Sri Lanka including a brief summary of the LCGB trip with photographs by Chris Lewis.
Issue No. 210, 17 December 2015. In Don Benn's
locomotive performance article there is coverage of the run by
No.4498 'Sir Nigel Gresley' from Tyseley to Didcot on 1 July 1973
on the LCGB 'Gresley Commemorative Railtour'.
Railway Herald published 11 February 2015. (an online magazine) - photographs and text by Robin Patrick
Branch Line News
This is the magazine of the Branch Line Society and Chris Lewis' report of the tour with pictures is being published in three instalments in the international section of the magazine. The first of these instalments was published on 21 March 2015
Steam Railway - Issue No. 450, 29 January
STEAM DAYS - June issue 2015 - an article on the history of St. Pancras station includes reference to the last BR steam train to depart and arrive there - the LCGB 'Notts and Lincs Railtour' hauled by No. 70052 'Firth of Tay' in April 1965.
October 2015 LCGB Tour of North Korea
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The Club's extremely successful Overseas Study Tour
to Sri Lanka in January has received some significant coverage in
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 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.
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