Autumn 2020 issue 173

The theme for the Autumn 2020 issue is Food and Drink and the railways.  We feature articles covering the various vehicles used by the railways for food and drink transportation - milk tankers, banana vans, fish vans, etc.  There's an article on the special trains taking beer from the brewing capital of the UK, Burton-on-Trent, down to St Pancras.  The below-platform area which is now a shopping mall was originally designed to hold thousands of beer barrels and if you look carefully amongst the coffee bars and artisan food cabins at St Pancras, there are still hints as to its original use.

We also have stories of catering on the rails from people who were there at the time and also details of a special 'Literary Luncheon' which didn't quite go according to plan; Terry Wogan saved the day!  There's a short humorous tale about a trainload of cheese which also caused a bit of a 'stink'.  Nothing has a shelf-life shorter than a daily newspaper, so it is said, and we have a 'night in the life of newspaper trains', rarely seen as they race across the network in the early hours of every morning.      

There are more updates on railway pub signs, this issue concentrating on signs of individual, identifiable locomotives.  One pub sign triggered research into the British Railways lion used on the early and late crest from 1949 to 1968 and how it was technically illegal.  A huge furore over a little lion - we'll leave it to readers to find out what went wrong!

We have the second part of the article about freight in the privatised era, plus the regular Where? What? When? quiz; picture gallery and a plethora of new book reviews.  'Lockdown' seems to have precipitated many new publications.  Lockdown also allowed time to research the Tralee & Dingle Railway, a fascinating line in the far south-west of Ireland. And updates on how the re-opening of York and Shildon sites has been managed and plans for new buildings at Shildon and progress on Vision 2025 at York.  Will the House of Lords be our next door neighbours in 'York Central'?  Plus details of the next big exhibition at the NRM in spring 2021.

One of the largest non-vehicle exhibits at York is also 'going home'.  NRM Review covers plans for this major move.  This issue again is over 80 pages; plenty to keep members busy whilst so much else is still restricted. 

On pages 58 and 59 of Autumn ‘Review’ our usual offering of second hand books are listed.  Of the 110 books listed, almost 100 remain on offer mid-November.  Please take a look!

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To the left, the original Rocket now in Station Hall and above, a model from the Brass, Steel and Fire exhibition.

A section of one of the NER ceramic tile maps.