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Latest Issue: BR Steam - Western Region 50 Years On

BR Steam Western Region 50 Years On commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of steam on British Railways Western Region as 31 December 1965 saw the end of steam-hauled Western Region trains.

With supporting text and a wealth of archive photographs, BR Steam Western Region 50 Years On traces the story of steam in the 18 years (1948-1965) that the former Great Western Railway lines, together with some lost, and others gained, spent as part of the nationalised system – British Railways. All railway enthusiasts that recall those halcyon days of Western Region steam will have their own special recollections, and BR Steam Western Region 50 Years On will help rekindle some of those memories.

Features include

• An inherited railway
• Pre-Grouping locomotives in Western Region days
• Early BR days at Birmingham (Snow Hill)
• Great Western locomotives that never were
• Western Standards
• Steam Days in Colour: Paddington and its London suburbs
• Boundary changes – 1958
• Renaissance to regicide (the story of the 'King' class locomotives in their final years)
• ‘Manors’ on the Cambrian
• 1963 regional changes … and Dr Beeching’s medicine
• Steam Days in Colour: Cornish Gold!
• The countdown to oblivion of GW steam … 1956 to 1965
• The rail tour phenomenon
• 1965 … steam’s final year