Vintage Spirit May 2023



  • 250th issue!
  • Celebrating The Great Western: Didcot
  • Train Trip To Darjeeling
  • Coventry’s Transport Treasures
  • The Greatest Ever Line-up Of Steam Wagons?
  • 100 Year Old Fowler Big Lion – part two all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


Celebrating The Great Western

Part Two: Didcot – Following his look at the Great Western Railway in Swindon last month, John Hannavy moves on to Didcot for more of the GWR’s legacy.


Fair Day In Tavistock

James Hamilton visited the annual steam fair last year.


Memorabilia Memories

Paul Ritchie looks through the catalogue of an auction back in 1991.


Train Trip To Darjeeling

A working transport operation that has survived earthquakes, landslips and political unrest... and running British-built steam locomotives built in the 1890s, the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway has rightly gained UNESCO World Heritage status. Colin Tyson takes a ride.


Over The Hills But Not So Far Away

Peter Brockington dropped in on a near neighbour in south Wales to see his collection of classic tractors.


Coventry’s Transport Treasures

Coventry was in the news during 2021, as it had been designated a City of Culture. It is also home to one of the finest transport museums in the UK. Bob Weir visited.


The Greatest Ever Line-up Of Steam Wagons?

Dick Bodily looks back to when around 60 steam wagons gathered in Bedfordshire.


Ford’s Pocket Rocket

The Ford 3000 was a popular tractor, and part of the 1000 Series. Although the tractors are over fifty years old many examples are still working, Bob Weir reports.


100 Year Old Fowler Big Lion – part two

Part Two: Gary & Cath Olsson conclude the story of a 100 year old Fowler B6 which is in excellent health in Australia.

Vintage Spirit May 2023


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