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The Collett '5400', '6400', and '7400' class 0-6-OPTs of the GWR - Andrew Wilson takes a detailed look at the 115 Swindon-built lightweight 0-6-OPTs of the '5400', '6400', and '7400' classes that worked over many of the rural lines of the GWR and BR (Western Region). Memories of Glasgow's Polmadie Shed in its final years of steam - Dugald Cameron takes us back to the five years between 1963 and 1967 when the former Caledonian Railway and LMS steam shed at Polmadie in Glasgow saw the run-down of its steam allocation. STEAM DAYS in Colour 22: East Coast Main Line Named Trains - In this month's 'All-Colour' photo-feature, through the cameras of a handful of the best steam railway photographers we look at some of the Named Trains that were routed over the East Coast Main Line during the course of their journeys. The Salisbury to Exeter Line a€ 1962 Summer Saturday Workings - Mike Thompson, with the help of Bob Cowley's meticulous notes, takes us back to the summer of 1962 when the Southern Region's main line through Sherborne and Yeovil Junction saw some enterprising steam locomotive work, especially on Summer Saturdays. Skipton in the early 1950s - Eddie Hamlin recalls his days as a schoolboy in Skipton, 50 years ago, when the town's station was an important junction, and its engine shed was like a working museum a€" a time, significantly, when all the trains were steam-hauled. A Tribute to the late Dick Riley a€" 1922 to 2006 by Brian Morrison Book Reviews by Walter Heughan Tail Lamp a€" Readers' Letters Cover: In this month's issue of STEAM DAYS magazine we take a detailed look at the GWR's '5400', '6400', and '7400' class 0-6-OPTs designed by C. B. Collett. Here we see BR-built No 7445 on arrival at Fairford with a train from Oxford on Wednesday, 7 June 1961. The Fairford branch was one of the last strongholds of the '7400' class pannier tanks.
Inside Cover: Three '6400' class 0-6-OPTs have been preserved, and here we see No 6412 in GWR pre-war livery with the 1937 'shirt button' totem on its tank sides coupled to restored auto-trailer No 178 on 16 April 2005 at the West Somerset Railway's Minehead station. The combination of a mid-chrome green-painted engine and a chocolate & cream coach perhaps goes some way to explain the regard with which the Great Western Railway is still held in many quarters.
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