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Steve Punt turns private investigator, examining little mysteries that perplex, amuse and beguile.
He explores the case of the missing steam trains supposedly hidden away ready to keep the country running in case of nuclear war. Steve tracks down former railwaymen, combs through declassified government documents and even visits the secret government bunker where it has been claimed the so-called Strategic Steam Reserve was kept.
Less well known however is [the vast underground complex at Corsham, Rudloe Manor's] cold war function as home of a vast collection of retired steam locomotives - the legendary strategic steam reserve.
The Strategic reserve was created as a means of providing a rudimentary transport infrastructure in the period immediately after a nuclear attack.
"In 1983 however, as a result of another round of defence cuts, the strategic steam reserve was deemed 'surplus to requirements' and the locomotives were disposed of for scrap."