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Soggy again for Sodem Run

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Had another great day on the Sodem Run, this time around from Knowl Hill via the Walthams. Instead of driving the route, I managed to travel with others on a trailer behind Colin Hatch's Burrell 'Ted Haggard' but returned in the living van behind John Wharton's Venerable Marshall as it was rather wet, to say the least! Lots of fun, some…

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Railway steamy day for Editor

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I had a fabulous day yesterday as the guest of Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society, owners of Clan Line, on Surrey Hills train from London Victoria via Guildford, water stop at Shalford, Redhill and back to Victoria. Almost four hours of great Southern steam. Interesting route out via London suburbs and back via circuitous route. Fast running…

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Heritage Archive

1914 7nhp Allchin compound 1652 Little-Mo

Once again, we delve into the Steam Heritage Archive but this time we bring you a small selection of pictures from the Derek Hattam Collection which includes a variety of working steam engines from events gone by. Full story in the December 2014 issue >

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Exploring Coldharbour Mill

Viewed from the highest gantry level, looking down on the Kittoe & Brotherhood engine.

John Hannavy visits Coldharbour Mill, a working woollen museum in Devon. Coldharbour Mill is a rare survivor of the once-important West Country woollen industry, and as such is of significant importance. But it is much more than just that – thanks to its magnificent steam engines. Full story in the December 2014 issue >

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Monarch Goes to the Carnival

Brian making up the fire for the trip after coaling and watering.

It was carnival time in Liphook and an engine was needed to pull a float. Vintage Spirit Editor Brian Gooding took his 10 ton Babcock & Wilcox, No. 95/4014, steam roller Monarch for a trip through the local country lanes, to the pub, and on to the carnival. Full story in the December 2014 issue >

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A Welsh Surprise

Palmerston running through the stunning scenery of Cwm Rheidol, the upper Rheidol valley.

John Reeves returned to his birthplace, not expecting a dream to come true, as 1864 George England locomotive Palmerston paid a visit to the narrow gauge Vale of Rheidol Railway. Full story in the December 2014 issue >

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John Fowler’s Legacy

A typcial steam plouging scene with a pair of Fowler engines

150 years ago John Fowler died aged only 38. However, he achieved a great deal during his short life, committing himself to his system of steam ploughing. In the December issue of Vintage Spirit, Jonathan Brown looks at his achievements and assesses the Fowler legacy. Full story in the December 2014 issue >

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A ‘Gigantic’ trip across London

McLaren Gigantic in London

James Hamilton helped McLaren Gigantic pick its way across London to the astonishment of residents and visitors alike. The full story is told in the November 2014 issue of Vintage Spirit, along with James' superb photography taking in the main landmarks along the way including The Mall, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral…

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NTET 60th Anniversary Road Run

NTET 60th Anniversary Road Run

Publicised for over a year, the National Traction Engine Trust's 60th Anniversary Road Run was an eagerly awaited event and will live long in the memory, with a total of around 180 full size and miniature steam engines taking part. In the November issue, John Maund travels to Bedfordshire to provide our first report on this well…

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Cumnock Collection in Ayrshire

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Jim Smith from Cumnock owns one of the finest collections of mechanical memorabilia in Ayrshire. In the November issue, Bob Weir goes to the former stomping ground of Scotland’s most famous bard, Robert Burns, to pay him a visit. Full story in the November 2014 issue

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