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    Best of British is the UK’s premier nostalgia magazine covering every aspect of life from the 1930s to today.

    Each issue encourages you to:

    • Explore readers’ own recollections and memories in our Yesterday Remembered section
    • Discover more about days gone past with stories on everything from vintage transport to great Britons and from Christmas traditions to great days out
    • Enjoy regular reader favourites such as Treasures in the Attic, 1940s Post, Postcard from… and of course our Puzzle Page and Crossword

    We hope you like reading our magazine as much as we love compiling it. In the meantime here is this month’s letter from our Editor, Simon Stabler

    Dare to Dream
    Back in 1990, Pete Kelly, who has written our cover feature, wouldn’t have been alone in thinking that the chances of building a brand new steam locomotive were nigh on zero. Nothing of the sort had been attempted since 92220 Evening Star had left Swindon Works in 1960 and that had been built using the resources of British Railways, as opposed to contributions from railway enthusiasts.

    But the cash trickled in, problems were overcome and finally, in July 2008, 60163 Tornado made her first run, silencing critics and instilling pride back into British engineering.

    Over time, Tornado has become as popular as Flying Scotsman and Mallard, recently matching Scotsman’s then record-breaking speed of 100mph. One day she may even top Mallard’s 126mph.
    Not one to rest on its laurels, Tornado’s builder, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is currently building a second, even more powerful locomotive, 2007 Prince of Wales, using computer-aided design to realise the potential of Sir Nigel Gresley’s original design.

    And when that’s done, they start work on building a new Gresley class V4, the final design by the great man before he caught the big express train to the sky in 1941.

    The work of the A1 Steam Locomotive trust is a great example of the techniques of the past working in harmony with the efficiencies of the modern world, proving, with enough dedication and hard work, almost anything is possible.

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