Steam Days - June 2013

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The LNER Thompson 'L1' 2-6-4Ts - A Case Study into Performance
Andrew James takes a fresh look at the ability of these often-maligned tank engines, reviewing their main-line operations from King's Cross, as well as their hard-graft on the stopping services between Whitby and Scarborough.

An Old Acquaintance Revisited - Recalling the Fowey Branch and 2-8-0T No 4247
Treasured late 1940s and 1950s childhood memories of Fowey flooded back for Peter Julian thanks to the work of R.C. Riley. Then preservation came to the fore with the right Churchward tank and country station friendliness.

STEAM DAYS in Colour - 102: The Scottish Shed Scene in the Days of Steam
Many railway enthusiasts preferred visiting sheds to number-taking at stations, and the Scottish sheds were rich with variety, from contrasting Pacifics through to small and even vast classes of pre-Grouping engines.

Duty 237: 'A Nice Little Turn' to Swanage
Former Branksome footplateman Peter Smith is no stranger on the Swanage Railway, but , as Mike Arlett reveals, it is nearly sixty years since Peter first fired a train over the branch while 'on loan' to Bournemouth engine shed.

STEAM DAYS at Carnforth
The meeting point of three pre-Grouping companies, the L&NWR, Furness, and Midland, Stanley Jenkins gives an insight into Carnforth's rich railway history - steam locomotives have been present here for more than 166 years!

Tail Lamp - Readers' Letters