October 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.

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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.

The new October edition of Steam Days includes…

Deal line operations in the 1950s

Situated on the Kent coast between Ramsgate and Dover, Swedebasher offers a pre-electrification account of services through Deal, including the ‘Round the Houses’ duties from Charing Cross and Victoria, and the Deal-Minster trains.

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From Swift & Delightful to Sadness & Despair

With a Circular Tour ticket in hand, Robert Darlaston discovered the northern half of the Somerset & Dorset system in 1961, including the Highbridge branch, and then in 1963 returned to travel over the entire main line route between Bournemouth and Bath and so witnessed a former joint railway split across two BR regions and with its future ebbing away.

STEAM DAYS in Colour226: Stockton-on-Tees and Port Clarence

BR steam era views on Teesside include Stockton bank and some of the earliest public railways established in Britain, including the goods only Port Clarence branch and its link to North Shore Junction.

Super Tanks’ – Britain’s nearly 100 ton tank locomotives

The Edwardian era saw the creation of heavyweight tank engine designs of 95 tons or more – Philip Atkins tracks the various ‘Super Tanks’ of Britain, and considers some heavier continental classes too.

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Strolling westwards on the sea wall

Countless travellers regard the four mile section of railway from Dawlish Warren through to Teignmouth as the most beautiful stretch of main line in Britain, but on countless occasions the force of nature here has battered the permanent way and its neighbouring sea wall path, Peter Kerslake offering this photographic appreciation.

And there’s lots more inside! If you’d like to read the October 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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