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Michael is a journalist, academic and author – writing, blogging and broadcasting on railways and the media. He is also a travel writer, having covered the world for a variety of publications. Read more…

Echoes of the glory days as locomotive-hauled trains return to the railway

April 26, 2018

Once upon a time, one of the most romantic sights on the railways was a glamorous locomotive at the head of a  train, waiting to whisk its passengers off to some far-off destination. Gleaming paintwork, polished brass, often an evocative name, the locos and their numbers were often legendary, such as Mallard and No. 4472, the Flying Scotsman. Branch line engines also had a charm of their own – witness the enduring attraction of Thomas the Tank Engine or the ...more

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