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Diesels step in as heatwave forces nationwide steam bans, ‘County’ 4-4-0 frames ordered, Blue ‘King’ to Kingswear, ‘B1’ and City of Wells for GCR ‘Exchange Trials’ gala, fully-clad ‘P2’ revealed at Darlington.

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The Greatest Show on Earth

Nick Pigott takes a detailed look at the history and highly organised operation of circus trains – some of the most unusual and colourful trains to run in Britain.

When the End Seemed Nigh

To mark 50 years since the end of BR steam in August 1968, Keith Farr focuses this month’s Practice & Performance feature on the final weeks of steam operation, and the legendary ‘1T57’ final railtour.

A Starter for Ten: The New XC Franchise

CrossCountry is one of four major franchises due for renewal over the next couple of years. Fraser Pithie offers his views on how the next CrossCountry franchise should look.

Rail Cameramen

A pictorial celebration of the Rail Camera Club ahead of a new book showcasing the outstanding work of some of Britain’s greatest railway photographers.

When Kathleen and Blanche met ‘U2’

Gary Boyd-Hope visits the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in Cultra, near Belfast, home to a wonderful collection of Irish railway artefacts from both broad and narrow gauge lines.

FLEX: The Go-Anywhere Train

In an innovative scheme to find new roles for surplus EMUs, Porterbrook Leasing and Brush Traction are converting Class 319s into bi-mode ‘FLEX’ trains. Ben Jones visits Loughborough to discover more about the project.

125 Years of Narrow Gauge Hunslets

Cliff Thomas reports from a very special event in North Wales that brought together 19 narrow gauge machines from the Leeds loco builder.

MAIN IMAGE: On June 29, the final day before the East Lancashire Railway’s steam ban came into force,
No. 6990 Witherslack Hall gets away from Burrs. PHIL JONES

INSET 1: The story of how British circuses travelled by rail.

INSET 2: Steam performance in the final months before August 1968.

INSET 3: Goodbye ‘Voyagers’? Solutions for solving CrossCountry overcrowding problems.

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