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August 2015

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Digging for the Black Stuff

Welsh steam coal has again been available for a few years now. Brian Gooding was invited to visit its source – an opencast mine in South Wales.

On Irish Roads

Robin Marshman travelled over the Irish Sea to join a quinquennial road run for a few days.

Celebrating the Old Gaffers

James Hamilton travelled to the seaside to enjoy the spectacle of the ‘Old Gaffers Festival’, but it wasn’t held where he first thought it was...

Red Giants & Ruby Reds

Massey Ferguson is one of the most iconic tractor marques in history. They are also popular with northern enthusiasts, as Bob Weir discovered.

‘Lord Roberts’ Returns

James Hamilton was around when 8nhp Fowler B5 compound road locomotive No.8903 of 1900 was out on the road again.

Pete’s Pride

Just a few months ago, a 1971 Dennis F108 was lying derelict and unloved in a farmyard. Now, its life has changed around and it is Pete’s pride and joy. Brian Gooding saw the transformation.

‘Frederick’s’ Trip to the Seaside

Tim Watson completed a record breaking run for a miniature engine from St Albans to Brighton seafront for charity. Here Tim tells the story of the run.

Oldland Windmill Steams Again

The idea of a steam-driven windmill had to be seen, especially as the mill in question had not been steam-driven in over 100 years. Brian Gooding went along to see a little bit of history in the making.

Bonny Bedford

The Bedford CA was the epitome of a 1950s van, Bob Weir tracked down some superb specimens on his recent travels north of the Border.

Yellow & Red & All Colours In Between

There was plenty to ponder as well as enjoy at Paul Rackham’s dispersal sale in south-west Norfolk, as David Viner reports.

Off To The Trout

Every June, there is an informal gathering at The Trout Inn at Lechlade. Brian Gooding paid an unplanned visit and caught up with several friends.

Delving in Tasmania - part 2

Robin Marshman spent some time in Tasmania earlier this year and this month concludes his report on local steam happenings.

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