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Vintage Spirit February 2019



  • Off To See The Mayor
  • Dunstable Diamonds
  • Manx Electric Railway 125 – Part 2
  • Getting A Sweet Tooth – Barbados steam-powered sugar factories
  • Boxing Day Bash – steam gathering at Horsham
  • The ‘Tranny’ all the latest news and event reports

In this issue

Off To See The Mayor

James Hamilton followed the journey of the roller that participated in November’s Lord Mayor’s Show in London.

A Real Hive Of Activity

Up and down the country, a lot of work is undertaken behind the scenes over the winter. Brian Gooding dropped in on John Wharton and team to see what was going on in Minster Lovell.

Dunstable Diamonds

The Bedford TK was a popular lorry in the 1960s, and the workhorse of a generation. Bob Weir came across several survivors on his recent travels.

Manx Electric Railway 125 – Part 2

John Maund concludes his report of an enjoyable week on the Isle of Man as the electric railway celebrated its 125th anniversary.

Getting A Sweet Tooth

Brian Gooding looks back to when, as a youth, he was able to spend some time in the heady atmosphere of steam-powered sugar factories on Barbados.

Carry On Commer & Dodge

Roy Hampson takes a look at the enduring appeal of old Commer (and Dodge) service vans.

Boxing Day Bash

A popular Boxing Day gathering takes place in Slinfold and Horsham in West Sussex. Brian Gooding popped over to enjoy the fun.

Thursford Spectacular

Each year, the Thursford Collection holds magical Christmas events. James Hamilton went along to enjoy the stunning spectacle.

One For The Road

Peter Brockington looks back at a preserved railway in New Zealand that runs along the streets of the town.

The ‘Tranny’

John Hannavy crosses the Tees on Middlesbrough’s iconic bridge.

All Change at Woolwich

Malcolm Batten reports on the latest incarnation of London’s iconic Woolwich Ferry, only the fourth in 130 years of operation.

It’s very nice… what does it do?

Jonathan Palterman muses on the question, and what could be...

Reeling in the years

The Prestongrange Museum near Edinburgh is one of the top industrial heritage sites north of the border. Bob Weir recently paid a visit.

The Working Horse Today

Ken Rimell pays tribute to a time when so many jobs – and lives – depended on the humble horse; but they still have important roles to play today.

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January 2019

  • A Day Out With The Big Guns
  • Restoring the Steam Tug ‘Noordzee’
  • The Brooklands’ Great War 100
  • Celebrating A Steam Life
  • A Magnificent Survivor – Gladstone Pottery Museum
  • Manx Electric Railway 125 (Part 1)
  • Restoring the Spinners Engine


March 2019 - 200th Issue!

  • 200 And Counting - looking back over 200 issues of Vintage Spirit
  • Ally Pally 2019
  • Getting All Pumped Up – Westonzoyland Pumping Station
  • Awakened Aveling – ex-Thursford roller steams after 60 years
  • Discovering Scotland’s Rural Heritage
  • Across The Forest – steaming through the New Forest


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