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The Fifteen Guinea Special: The End of Steam and the Story of Preservation on the Mainline
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The Fifteen Guinea Special: The End of Steam and the Story of Preservation on the Mainline (Paperback)

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The Fifteen Guinea Special was the last steam-hauled British Rail passenger service on 11 August 1968. A day later, the once living and breathing steam locomotives fell silent, some never to run again.

Hardman begins with an in-depth look into the Fifteen Guinea Special with first-hand accounts, and explores how the train has developed to become a cornerstone of British history. Barry Scrapyard, Dai Woodham and the world-famous Flying Scotsman then played a huge part in inspiring the resurrection of steam and the saving hundreds of locomotives from certain demise.

Fifty years on, steam is alive and well and there is a re-kindled flame in the hearts of the British public. We take a step-by-step journey into the twenty-first century following the highs and lows of the business of steam-hauled mainline charters, bringing the story fully up to date.

TransportTrains & railways: general interest Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/06/2021 ISBN-13: 9781445685038  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ian Hardman is an avid railway and aviation photographer with a passion for transport and engineering. Ian is a fireman at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and has a deep-set interest in the history of rail and air travel across Britain. He is an engineer by trade and enjoys getting an insight into the workings of systems and mechanisms.

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