Dec 2013 - Issue 211
NEWS► GBRf unveils London-themed liveries; East Coast franchise propsectus launched; ‘Western’ and ‘Deltic’ work freights; more money for level crossing removals to 2019; Class 321 demonstrator unit ready to run; Virgin Voyagers refreshed at Central Rivers.
CLASS 458/5s AT WIMBLEDON► South West Trains now has two of its five-car
‘458/5’ EMU conversions, which are expected in service from December.
FAREWELL TO DUDLEY► David Hayes looks back 20 years to the closure of the once important freight-only line between Walsall and Stourbridge Junction.
RAILWAYS IN THE LANDSCAPE► A look at some of the work in this year’s Network Rail-sponsored photography award.
ONES THAT GOT AWAY - CLASS 129► The first in an occasional series looking at classes that didn’t make it into preservation.
TIME TRAVELLER► A look back to what was making the news 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.
EXPRESS MAILBAG► Views and comment from Rail Express readers.
RAILTOURS► A review of the BLS’s tour to Barton-upon-Humber and full tour listings for December.
PRESERVATION► ‘Slug 6’ sold to Europhoenix; second ‘Bubblecar’ for Chinnor; new heritage diesel group formed.
LU WORLD► Siemens has unveiled more details of its Inspiro concept for the future of London’s Tube trains.
POWER BY THE HOUR► The start of our round-up of traction news, including Class 92 starting work with DRS.
POWERSCENE► Class by class news of workings, allocation changes, namings and reliveries.
SHUNTER SPOT► The first Class 08 receives DBS red livery.
UNITARY AUTHORITY► Southern releases 10 ‘456s’; first Class 318 overhauled at Wabtec; more Class 377/6s arrive.
COACH COMPARTMENT► VSOE support coach leaves Eastleigh.
WAGONS ROLL► Refurbished KFAs returned to action.
IRISH ANGLE► IR 22000 Class is reconfigured; plus a round-up of news from both sides of the border.
Rail Express Modeller
Newsdesk: Latest developments
There is bad news from both Rail Exclusive and Kernow Model Rail Centre as their exclusive model projects hit difficulties, while Bachmann shows off new developments with the Farish range.
Layout Focus: Dragonby
One of the most popular ‘N’ gauge layouts of the 1990s has a new lease of life under a new owner, the transformation of Acton Main Line into the privatisation-era Dragonby being recounted here.
Modelling: DRS Class 57/3s
If you cannot wait for Bachmann to release its Direct Rail Services-liveried Class 57/3 then see how R3 Sprays repainted a couple of ‘Thunderbirds’, including No. 57307 in its unique cable thieves livery.
Reviews: Heljan 7mm ‘Western’
The Danish manufacturer has expanded its ‘O’ gauge locomotive range with the release of the hugely popular Class 52 ‘Westerns’ – has it finally banished the ghost of the flawed 4mm model?
D&E Files: YKA ‘Osprey’
Incredibly now in their sixth decade of operation, recent years have seen many ‘Salmon’ engineers’ flats modernised as ‘Osprey’ track carriers as our latest D&E Files explains in detail.
Modelling: YKA ‘Osprey’
To accompany the history lesson, Mick Bryan describes how to similarly modify the ‘OO’ gauge ‘Salmon’ kit from Cambrian Models by scratchbuilding new bodywork parts and track panel loads.
Serial: Elcot Road #35
Work on the coal concentration depot continues in the latest instalment of our ‘P4’ project layout, as two sets of coal staithes are constructed along with a suitable mechanical shovel.
Serial: JLTRT Class 50 #2
The new series on constructing a Just Like The Real Thing refurbished Class 50 kit gets down to business as the work required to assemble the underframe components is detailed.
Always a notable event, Bachmann has added a new diesel depot to its ‘OO’ Scenecraft range, this being based on Ripple Lane, while the Class 66 returns in weathered DB Schenker colours.
Reviews: Graham Farish
New-build A1 Class steam locomotive Tornado is now available in British Railways blue in the Farish range, while there is also a look at an innovative new airbrush from Iwata and The Airbrush Company.
Reviews: Britannia Pacific
Specialising in hand-built ‘OO’ gauge models of unusual rolling stock, Britannia Pacific Models has recently released three different ultrasonic test train coaches in Network Rail yellow.
The first of Hornby’s all-new Railroad Mk.1 coaches has arrived, so how does it stack up against the competition? Meanwhile, Invicta Model Rail has received its Great Eastern blue limited edition Class 08.
Inspiration: Electrification MPV
Set to transform the Great Western Main Line from next year, the first of Network Rail’s new electrification Multi Purpose Vehicles have arrived... and highly impressive they are too!
Reviews: Wagon books
With Christmas looming into view, there is a timely look at two new wagon books from Ian Allan, one covering the traditional BR fleet while the other is a reprint of the GWR wagon ‘bible’.