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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

Trolleys and Teasers
It will come as no surprise to you to discover I enjoy visiting transport museums. I can spend hours in the National Railway Museum York and the London Transport Museum, Covent Garden, and am always pleasantly surprised to discover smaller, occasionally privately-owned collections on my travels.

And while my wife doesn’t quite share my enthusiasm for vintage transport, she can be temporarily converted when taken along to a well-run, working museum, such as the East Anglian Transport Museum at Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft. Several years ago, during a holiday in Great Yarmouth, I persuaded her to stop off at the museum. “We’re not going to be long, are we?” was the stock response, but to my surprise, we stayed most of the afternoon.

Among the highlights that grabbed her attention was the chance to ride on the trolleybuses, a method of transport neither of us had experienced before. Derek Lamb, writer of this issue’s cover feature, remembers riding on trolleybuses when they were very much a feature of everyday life and can’t be alone in hoping that this environmentally friendly way to get around will one day return to our cities’ streets.

Pete Kelly, one of my predecessors as editor of this magazine, has fond memories of another form of transport, the railway. Memories of his early forays into trainspotting, armed with an Ian Allan ABC book, stayed with him, and in recent years he’s been building a series of model railways, which he proudly shares with us. Maybe it’ll inspire you to create a layout of your own? If so, I’d certainly like to see your pictures.

Back in the 1970s, BBC Radio London broadcast a monthly magazine programme for railway enthusiasts called Rail. It was written and presented by Jim Palm, who now creates the crosswords for this magazine. As you’ll see on page 66, it’s his 250th brainteaser for us. I’d like to thank him for the years of keeping us on our toes, and look forward to many more puzzles to come.