Vintage Spirit May 2024



  • The Quest For 1000 Engines
  • William James – Father of the Railways
  • Safeguarding 100 Years
  • Charles Pickman: An Unlikely Pioneer
  • Going Off The Rails, Part 4: Will You Kiss Me Before I Die? all the latest news and event reports

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In this issue


William James – Father of the Railways

In the early 19th century, a visionary Warwickshire land agent was pivotal to the development of our railway network. Roger Butler looks at his achievements.


A New Attraction

Dick Bodily visited the latest addition to Statfold’s ever-growing range of steam exhibits.


Safeguarding 100 Years

The Surrey town of Guildford’s Safeguard Coaches recently celebrated its centenary. Brian Gooding went along to the celebrations.


Back On Track

The Bridgnorth Cliff Railway has recently re-opened after an extended period of maintenance. Bob Weir looks at the line’s history.


The Quest For 1000 Engines

Dick Bodily set out to photograph 1,000 road engines and succeeded in his quest in 2016.


Charles Pickman: An Unlikely Pioneer

John Hannavy explores the story of the London-born merchant who – via Liverpool and Staffordshire – became one of Seville’s leading industrialists.


Lots Of Bottle

Milk floats used to be a common sight in the neighbourhood and a few survivors have been restored for posterity, as Bob Weir recently discovered.


Engine Indicators – The Personal Touch, Part 2: Case Studies

Investigating the background of indicator owners has been undertaken by John Walter in the hope of finding descendants who may be able to fill gaps in the stories of individual instruments.


A Photo Tells 1000 Words

Tim Bolton muses over a quartet of old photographs acquired through an auction.


Going Off The Rails, Part 4: Will You Kiss Me Before I Die?

A postcard acquired some years ago sent John Hannavy off exploring a 1910 railway disaster.


Wilkie’s Wanderings

Jim Wilkie picks out some of the exhibits that caught his eye before the opening of the tractor show at Malvern in February.

Vintage Spirit May 2024


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