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March 2016

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Middleport Revitalised

Ted Tomlin visited Middleport Pottery to see how work was progressing with the restoration of their unique steam engine, following their success with crowd funding.

An Outing for Bess

Jim Gerrard followed the oldest Allchin engine on a winter outing.

Navigating to Safety

When coal mines are closed, there is often little left, but these Welsh mine buildings survived, albeit more by luck than judgement. Luckily they have been saved in the nick of time. Brian Gooding went along to find out what the plans are.

Loch Ness Aveling – progress so far

Ted Tomlin caught up with the work done so far in returning the ‘Loch Ness’ Aveling to working order.

Kingswear Castle – Home at Last

Christopher Nicholson explains how Britain’s only coal-fired paddle steamer made a poignant return to the Devon river she left 45 years ago.

Down in the Woods

James Hamilton enjoyed a working weekend with a difference in rural West Sussex.

Brothers in Arms

Regular visitors to agricultural shows will find a few American tractors, dating back to the Lend-Lease days of WW2. Bill Maclachlan has defied the odds, and tracked down two old veterans with consecutive registration numbers as Bob Weir found out.

Morecambe’s White Marvel

Allan Lloyd uncovers the story behind an unexpected piece of railway history on the Lancashire coast.

Cunderin Museum – No.3 Pump Station

David Bowers visits an interesting museum in Westen Australia based around a water pipeline pumping 
station.

Only Connect

What is the link between Midland Red, Wembley Stadium, ITV and a road roller? Bob Fleming reveals all.

In the Bedfordshire Winter Sunshine

Dick Bodily enjoyed the post-Christmas sunshine that blessed the annual Stotfold winter road run.

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