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2017 LCGB AGM

will be at
Keen House, 4 Calshot St, Kings Cross, London N1 9DA
Saturday, 6th May 2017


Further details to follow



September 2016
Webmaster visits Namibia and Zimbabwe
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2016 Photographic Competition

Class A winner by John Sloane

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.

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LCGB/IRS Tour to Poland/Slovakia/Czech Republic
2016
by David Rollins and Nigel Mundy



Click to see this report




Study Tour of India January 2016


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 affected section.
The locomotive is the standard Class B for the line, 0-4-0T 806.


LCGB IN THE RAILWAY PRESS

Steam Days

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.

RAILWAY MAGAZINE

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.

HERITAGE RAILWAY

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'.

A pity he was not on the other train the Club ran that day over the same route when there were some real fireworks with No. 4771 'Green Arrow' on 14 coaches driven by one R.H. N. Hardy!

This issue also has a feature on 'Flying Scotsman' including photos of the loco leaving Kings Cross on the famous non-stop to Edinburgh on 1 May 1968 and climbing Holloway bank on the 'East Riding Limited' of 21 September 1968, both trains operated by the LCGB.

Heritage Railway published 12 March 2015 - 2 photographs and text by Robin Patrick.

RAILWAY HERALD


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
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STEAM RAILWAY

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.

STEAM DAYS


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
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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