July 2023


Steam nostalgia and railway history at its best, Steam Days is the monthly magazine dedicated to all steam railway enthusiasts. With Rex Kennedy as editor, he has 80 years of railway memories to recollect, alongside the stories and tales retold by many of the contributors.

Steam Days covers the six regions of British railways in each edition; Western, Southern, London, Midland, Eastern, and Scottish, with the occasional article on Irish railways and the industrial scene.

Packed with fully illustrated articles, Steam Days covers the history of the railways of Great Britain from the early days of the 1800s through to the end of steam on British Railways in August 1968.

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The new July edition of Steam Days includes…

Crewe Works coppersmith – Les Jenks: LMS pre-war times

Andrew Kennedy offers a glimpse into LMS operations at Crewe Works on the Steel Works site, the words of Les Jenks enabling us to step back 87 years to when his career began as an apprentice coppersmith.

Frodingham workings and shed observations

Opened in 1932 to replace inadequate facilities at Keadby, Roger GriffithsandJohn Hooper offer the big picture in terms of the activities of Frodingham engine shed and particularly its role in servicing the incoming and outgoing traffic needs of the local steel industry.

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STEAM DAYS in Colour
223: Edinburgh and East Lothian ‘East Coast’ steam

The 1950s and 1960s photography of J G Wallace is at the heart of this trip, which spans from Edinburgh (Waverley) to the climb through Cockburnspath to Penmanshiel.

Recalling the Ventnor West branch

A much loved Isle of Wight Central Railway route that served for a little more than 52 years, Andrew Britton enriches the history of the route with memories of staff from SR and British Railways days.

Before the National Collection: the early years of steam preservation

Leonard Rogers considers locomotive preservation before the creation of the British Transport Commission in 1948.

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And there’s lots more inside! If you’d like to read the July issue of Steam Days, it is available to order here; alternatively, reap the benefits with a subscription and have it delivered straight to your door every month.

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