Vintage Spirit February 2024



  • Pride Of The North – story of the return of Foster 14046 in 2023
  • Going Off The Rails: The ‘Diver’ & Other Stories, Part 1
  • Telford – More Than Just Roads
  • Military Holts – British use of American Holt tractors in WWI
  • From Creek To Summit – an unusual fell railway that ran in New Zealand all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


Pride Of The North

Restoring a steam engine back to show condition is cause for celebration. William Foster & Co. Ltd, Pride of the North, rejoined the rally circuit in 2023 after a long lay-off, Bob Weir reports.


Melbourne Memories

Peter Brockington ponders over some pictures from a friend that have brought back memories of a long time ago…


Pioneers Of Difficult Preservation – Maritime, Part 3

Chair of the Maritime Heritage Trust, Henry Cleary, concludes his look at the very tough world of preserving historic vessels.


Going Off The Rails: The ‘Diver’ & Other Stories, Part 1

John Hannavy explores the disastrous track record of the early railways.


The Museum In The Shop

Peter Brockington visits a shop in south-west Wales that is home to an interesting museum.


Successful Slinfold

The annual gathering at the Red Lyon at Slinfold was as good as ever. Brian Gooding went along.


Telford – More Than Just Roads

The 'Colossus of Roads' was also an innovative canal engineer. Roger Butler looks at his achievements…


Military Holts

Roy Larkin looks at the British use of American Holt tractors during the First World War. It was far from straightforward…


What Is Left Of The Waverley Route: Carlisle to Edinburgh, Part 4

Kevin Byrne concludes his four part photographic journey along the former Waverley Route in the Scottish Borders. This time he follows the rebuilt section of the Waverley Route.


From Creek To Summit

Peter Brockington looks at the story behind an unusual Fell railway that used to run in the south of New Zealand’s North Island.


Welsh Wonder

The Isle of Anglesey is considered an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is one of Wales top tourist destinations. One of the star attractions is the local motor museum, writes Bob Weir.

Vintage Spirit February 2024


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