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Steam Rail­way has again teamed up with Un­seen Steam - the online and DVD home of rare and cap­ti­vat­ing rail­way footage - to pre­sent a half-hour, ac­tion-packed pro­gramme, FREE with this issue. We’ve se­lected an eclec­tic mix of se­quences from 1967; steam’s last full year on Bri­tish Rail. High­lights of the all-colour ma­te­rial in­clude melan­choly footage from the very last day of South­ern steam on July 9 and, in the same month, the last of the region’s sub­ur­ban steam-hauled pas­sen­ger ser­vices travers­ing the Thames. The year was also renowned for its eclec­tic mix of rail­tours, which is epit­o­mised by the dou­ble-headed brake van tour of the se­verely graded Crom­ford & High Peak, jux­ta­posed with pre­served Garter blue ‘A4’ No. 4498 Sir Nigel Gres­ley romp­ing along the East Coast Main Line at Lit­tle Bytham. Space here pre­cludes in­clud­ing de­tails of ev­ery se­quence in­cluded in this ac­tion-filled pro­gramme; suf­fice to say that you’ll see dou­ble­headed Bulleid 4-6-2s; bank­ing over Shap; ‘9F’ No. 92203 (‘Black Prince’) at Shot­ton steel­works im­me­di­ately be­fore preser­va­tion; and Bri­tain’s last work­ing pre-Group­ing en­gines on coal duty in the North East. How­ever, my par­tic­u­lar favourite reel is taken from the foot­plate of ‘Ju­bilee’ No. 45593 Kol­ha­pur on rail­tour duty over the Set­tle & Carlisle line charg­ing through Gars­dale. The same en­gine is then seen again mov­ing gin­gerly on Carlisle King­moor shed, with a small child lean­ing from the driver’s cab win­dow! We hope that you en­joy your free, exclusive gift.

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