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April 2017

Current issue: April 2017
Next issue: May 2017 – On sale: April 17

In the April 2017 issue: 

Headline News

HS2 bill receives royal assent; New depots for Exeter and Manningtree; Lime Street closed as wall collapses; Freight grant cut will mean reduction in rail traffic; Major railway scrapyard calls it a day; Franchise bidding mania will lead to glut in surplus stock; Severn Valley Railway wins modern traction award; Three shortlisted for East Midlands franchise; Chiltern ‘Bubbles’ to go; ‘Storm Doris’ traction bonus; First Class 88 tour announced; Second City Crossing opens.

Battersea bound!

The tunnel boring machines have been lowered underground for the Northern Line’s extension to Battersea in South London.

Sectorisation and the focus on freight operations

The 1980s saw a key change in British Rail management as it switched from focusing on regions to business sectors.

0-60: Class 390

Virgin’s ‘Pendolinos’ are quick, but are they also quick off the mark? Neville Hill finds out.

Pandora through Woodhead

A Moment in Time as EM2 No. 27006 gets ready to enter the famous tunnel in 1959.

Reviews

Books on monorails, railway history and Class 58s are new out this month.

Express Mailbag

Last days of the ‘Westerns’; Hong Kong battery locos; 92-hour clock; and Eurostar scrappings.

Time Traveller

April news from decades past.

LU World

A look inside the first ‘D’ Stock Sandite train.

Railtours

Rare chance for DRS ‘66/3’ haulage; Mercia suspends European tour programme.

Preservation

‘Western’ appeal successful; Bluebell 4-VEP to go main line; DRS ‘37’ preserved; update on Class 56 Group ‘Grids’; Deltic to visit Spa Valley.

Power By The Hour

New locos delivered to UK; DRS reveals loco tender results; Colas ‘67s’ ready for service.

Powerscene

Notable workings from around the country.

Unitary Authority

More ‘700s’ introduced on Thameslink.

Shunter Spot

Cambridge gets a pilot; Changes at Cardiff Tidal.

Coach Compartment

DRS ‘air cons’ become nuclear escort coaches.

Wagons Roll

It’s a big month for box wagon deliveries.

Irish Angle

‘Thumpers’ vehicles go for scrap.