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1: Download Railway Magazine What Really Happened to Steam Articles

Download What Really Happened to Steam six page article published in The Railway Magazine November 2009 issue
Download What Really Happened to Steam six page article 1 (Roger Butcher).
Published in The Railway Magazine
November 2009 issue.


Download What Really Happened to Steam four page article published in The Railway Magazine October 2010 issue
Download What Really Happened to Steam four page article 2 (Roger Butcher).
Published in The Railway Magazine
October 2010 issue.


Download What Really Happened to Steam five page article published in The Railway Magazine May 2013 issue
Download What Really Happened to Steam five page article 3 (Roger Butcher).
Published in The Railway Magazine
May 2013 issue.


2: Download ESS Link Feature Articles

Download ESS Link 91 article What really happened to 92034
Download ESS Link 91 (Winter 2009) article What really happened to 92034
(Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 102 article Storage of Western Region Locomotives
Download ESS Link 102 (Autumn 2012) article Storage of Western Region Locomotives (Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 103 article Where some Western Region Steam Locomotives were really allocated to
Download ESS Link 103 (Winter 2012) article Where some Western Region Steam Locomotives were really allocated to
(Richard Strange).



Download ESS Link 104 article What really happened to the 9Fs
Download ESS Link 104 (Spring 2013) article What really happened to the 9Fs
(Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 105 article Trains Illustrated Dating of WR Stock Changes.
Download ESS Link 105 (Summer 2013) article Trains Illustrated Dating of WR Stock Changes (Richard Strange).


Download ESS Link 106 article A Response to the RCTS
Download ESS Link 106 (Autumn 2013) article A Response to the RCTS
(Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 106 article Railway Observer "Sale" Dates
Download ESS Link 106 (Autumn 2013) article Railway Observer "Sale" Dates
(Richard Strange).


Download ESS Link 107 article article What  Really Happened to 73031
ESS Link 107 (Winter 2013) article What Really Happened to 73031
(Richard Strange).


Download ESS Link 108 article What really happened to No.92233
Download ESS Link 108 (Spring 2014) article What really happened to No.92233
(Roger Butcher).



Download ESS Link 109 (Summer 2014) article What really happened to No.45504
(Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 110 (Autumn 2014) article Where the Eastern Region Departmental Diesel Locomotives were really allocated to
Download ESS Link 110 (Autumn 2014) article Where the Eastern Region Departmental Diesel Locomotives were really allocated to (Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 111 (Winter 2014) article What Really Happened to Some Diesels
Download ESS Link 111 (Winter 2014) article What Really Happened to Some Diesels (Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 112 (Spring 2015) article When Fratton Shed Really Closed Roger Butcher
Download ESS Link 112 (Spring 2015) article When Fratton Shed Really Closed
(Roger Butcher).


Download Download ESS Link 113 (Summer 2015) article When Plaistow Shed Really Closed (Roger Butcher)
Download ESS Link 113 (Summer 2015) article When Plaistow Shed Really Closed
(Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 114 (Autumn 2015) article When Gillingham Shed Really Closed (Roger Butcher).

Download ESS Link 114 (Autumn 2015) article When Gillingham Shed Really Closed
(Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 117 (Summer 2016) article When Worcester Works Really Closed (Roger Butcher).

Download ESS Link 117 (Summer 2016) article When Worcester Works Really Closed
(Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 118 (Autumn 2016) article Where 77s Was Really Allocated To (Roger Butcher).

Download ESS Link 118 (Autumn 2016) article Where 77s Was Really Allocated To
(Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 122

Download ESS Link 122 (Autumn 2017) article When Newport Ebbw Junction Shed Was Really Demolished (Roger Butcher).


3: Download ESS Link Articles on Roger Butcher’s and Terry Hayward’s Shed and Works visits

Download ESS Link 104 (Spring 2013) article Have you been round the Works yet? (July 1964 visits)
Download ESS Link 104 (Spring 2013) article Have you been round the Works yet?
(July 1964 visits).


Download ESS Link 106 (Autumn 2013) article Don’t forget to bring a Torch! (October 1964 visits)
Download ESS Link 106 (Autumn 2013) article Don’t forget to bring a Torch!
(October 1964 visits).


Download ESS Link 109 (Summer 2014) article Pretty Woman (October 1964 visits)
Download ESS Link 109 (Summer 2014) article Pretty Woman
(October 1964 visits).


Download ESS Link 110 (Autumn 2014) article Land of my Fathers (November 1964 visits)
Download ESS Link 110 (Autumn 2014) article Land of my Fathers
(November 1964 visits).


Download Download ESS Link 113 (Summer 2015) article When Plaistow Shed Really Closed (Roger Butcher)
Download ESS Link 113 (Summer 2015) article Return to White Hart Lane Please
(November 1964 visits).


Download ESS Link 115 (Winter 2015) article Footprints in the Snow (March 1965 visits).
Download ESS Link 115 (Winter 2015) article Footprints in the Snow
(March 1965 visits).


Download ESS Link 117 (Summer 2016) article When Worcester Works Really Closed (Roger Butcher).

Download ESS Link 117 (Summer 2016) article It's Been a Hard Day's Night
(March-April 1965 visits).


Download ESS Link 119 (Winter 2016) article We have been expecting  you!(Roger Butcher)

Download ESS Link 119 (Winter 2016) article "We have been expecting you!"
(April 1965 visits).

Download ESS Link 121 (Summer 2017) article Eight, Nine, Ten!(April 1965 visits). (Roger Butcher)

Download ESS Link 121 (Summer 2017) article "Eight, Nine, Ten!"
(April 1965 visits).

4: Download Railway Magazine What Really Happened to These Diesels?

Download What Really Happened to These Diesels? four page article.
Download What Really Happened to These Diesels? four page article (Peter Hall).
Published in The Railway Magazine
April 2015 issue.


5: Download ESS Link Diesel Articles

Download ESS Link 111 (Winter 2014) article What Really Happened to Some Diesels
Download ESS Link 111 (Winter 2014) article What Really Happened to Some Diesels (Roger Butcher).


Download ESS Link 115 (Winter 2015) article The Diesel Fabrications (John Hall).
Download ESS Link 115 (Winter 2015) article The Diesel Fabrications
(John Hall).


Download ESS Link 115 (Winter 2015) article The Diesel Fabrications (John Hall).
Download ESS Link 116 (Spring 2016) article The Diesel Fabrications Part 2
(John Hall).