Vintage Spirit April 2021


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  • Over The Sea From Skye – iron ore mining on Raasay
  • Sustainable Steam Sawing in Dorset
  • The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway (Part 2)
  • A 25 Year Dream – Scotland's iconic paddle steamer
  • Winds Of Change – Turning Back The Clock
  • King Cotton Meets The River Tay all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


A Mini Dorset in Sussex?

James Hamilton looks back at a private gathering held last year on the Great Dorset weekend, and found a number of correlations between the two events.


Over The Sea From Skye

Iron ore was mined on the isolated Isle of Raasay during the First World War and the industrial remains are now a remarkable snapshot of early 20th century mining technology – but there’s some unexpected history too, as Roger Butler found out.


Sustainable Steam Sawing in Dorset

In a few locations across the country, steam engines are still used commercially. Jim Gerrard learns about one in Dorset.


What is left of… The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway? (Part 2)

Blackmoor Gate to Lynton: Kevin Byrne concludes his look at the north Devon narrow gauge railway that is slowly coming back to life.


A 25 Year Dream

John Beveridge, Chair of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company, looks back on a quarter century of ownership of one of Scotland’s iconic paddle steamers, and plans for the future.


My Time With The FHT (Part 1)

Personal recollections by Roger Mills of his time volunteering for the Fairground Heritage Trust.


Derelict Derricks

Peter Brockington found a couple of American-built steam-powered drilling rigs in South Africa.


Magic Memories

In his last review of steam rally memories, Bob Weir takes a fond look back at his trips into England to the Cumbria and Shrewsbury steam fairs.


A Winter Excursion

Brian Gooding recalls a day spent digging up railway track from a closed brickworks in Dorset, a miserable winter’s day close on 20 years ago.


Winds Of Change – Turning Back The Clock

John Hannavy explores an unusual twist in industrial progress.


King Cotton Meets The River Tay

Stanley Mills on the River Tay is a historic site dating back to the Industrial Revolution, as Bob Weir discovered.


Mixed Memories

Jim Wilkie returns with some photos taken at events in the past which rekindle memories of the times.

Vintage Spirit April 2021


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