Vintage Spirit June 2021



  • A Furnace In Furness
  • A Fowler On The Fosse
  • What Is Left Of… The Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Joint Railway? (Part 1)
  • Underhand, Unfair and Damned Un-English!
  • 55 Years And Still Going Strong all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


A Furnace In Furness

The old ironworks at the head of the Duddon estuary in Cumbria are a unique example of an 18th century charcoal-fired blast furnace. Roger Butler takes a look.


A Fowler On The Fosse

The chance of a road run to a country pub on a sunny Sunday in springtime was snapped up at the first opportunity by new engine owner Simon Nuttall, his family and crew, once lockdown constraints eased off in mid-April. David Viner went along.


What Is Left Of… The Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Joint Railway? (Part 1)

For his latest sojourn into old railways, Kevin Byrne heads to the Home Counties to start his look at another long lost railway.


A Walk Through Basingstoke’s Past

Peter Hammond takes a trip down memory lane through his home town of the 1950s.


Underhand, Unfair and Damned Un-English!

John Hannavy looks at the development of the submarine.


Squires Engines

Ron Henderson returns with another look at some steam fire engines, some of which had more than one use.


Preservation in France (Part 2): The Truffel Train

This time, Roger Mills enjoys the ‘Truffel Train’.


From Tragedy To A Life Saver: The Story of Martin Baker

A chance encounter brought Ken Rimell into contact with the grandson of one of the founders of the company that developed the aircraft ejection seat.


It Was A Grand Day Out, Lad

While we still have a dearth of events, Peter Brockington looks back to one held in Swansea five years ago.


55 Years And Still Going Strong

The first Ford Transit hit the streets in 1965, and immediately turned heads. Bob Weir looks back at the early days of this classic commercial.


A Class Of Their Own

Peter Brockington discovers an interesting memorial in Milford Haven to a fleet of WW2 Minelayers.


Ozzie Delights

Kevin Byrne takes another trip down memory lane, this time with a school fact finding trip to Australia where he also found some steam.

Vintage Spirit June 2021


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