16 May 2013
I THINK it was just two issues ago that I was praising the services of Glasgow Museum’s Resource Centre’s staff, who open their reserve collection to the public seven days a week – Sunday afternoons included – and that because it reminded me of completely the opposite situation that exists at the Science Museum object collections store (i.e our (taxpayers) museum) at Wroughton, Wiltshire. I just ended with the five words ‘Can you hear me Wroughton?’
18 April 2013.
Most enthusiasts will be able to recall events from their past that ‘got them into preservation’. For me, as a lad that already ‘liked trains’, it was a cycle ride to the Bluebell Railway and that ‘whiff of steam’ that started me off. The ‘whiff of barmaid’s apron’ probably came not too long after that!
21 March 2013.
One of the best things about the winter season is the chance of cosying up in the warmth of convivial surroundings in order to partake in listening to an illustrated talk or film show that passes for entertainment at local and regional club level. These monthly meetings are the vital foundations of our movement, bringing in like-minded souls brought together either purely by an accident of geography and being interested in steam or by everyone being interested in a particular make/model/marque regardless of where they are based.
21 February 2013.
Cold garages and workshops in snowy weather and freezing temperatures are not conducive to restoration projects but once someone mentioned the weather on Old Glory’s facebook page it was interesting to get response from readers in Scandinavia (who rightly thought our couple of inches was laughable compared with their snow) and readers from Australia reporting whole forests ablaze!
17 January 2013.
Steam traction has a habit of turning up in the most unlikely of places and scenarios… but down the tube? Just before and just after this issue appears in the shops, there will be public runs behind Metropolitan Rly 0-4-4T No 1 taking place (January 13 and 20) through tunnel sections of London’s Underground as part of the build-up to 2013 celebrations marking 150 years of the ‘Met’.
15 November 2012.
As the end of another year approaches we can reflect on what has been a pretty miserable year for several steam and vintage events – cancelled or postponed or ‘grinned and bared’ under soggy conditions. Many club and society coffers will be feeling the pinch through receiving less revenue from commercial activity and for some it will be hard to kick-start plans for 2013 events.
18 October 2012.
With our much-promised and now annual ‘Indian summer’, the events held in mid and late September enjoyed some better weather then those held earlier in the year, with Old Warden, Barleylands and the rescheduled Welland all reported good crowds; it was a gamble for Welland, having been cancelled in July due to soggy ground, but at least the organising club owns its own showfield, which made things easier to manage.
16 August 2012.
WITH the amount of pictures received at the Old Glory office of engines negotiating flooded roads, waterlogged rally fields and even a whole row of engines appearing to ‘steam’ from every surface due to the force of a sudden downpour on their hot surfaces, I find them too depressing to publish yet – in the hope that things will start to improve.
Current Issue: June 2013
♦ £49,000 for Cambridge horse tram
♦ HCVS – Brighton run remembers chairman Ron
♦ 12 days of Beamish
♦ The ultimate in Marshall rollers
♦ Fowler's UK rally debut
♦ Moving away from steam: the Foden ‘R’ Type
♦ Death and destruction – mill engines and boilers
♦ Pickfords Wallis tractor ♦ Penny slots
♦ Scotland’s last wheelwright
• Next issue on sale: June 20, 2013