May 2017

Current issue: May 2017
Next issue: June 2017 – On sale: May 19

Headline News

Brexit and the effect on railways; First look at new Anglia fleet; First-MTR consortium wins South West Trains; Shunters escape scrapyard closure; New Penzance depot takes shape; DRS Class 88s commence trials; New South Eastern franchise to start in December 2018; New look for Class 230 DMU as Vivarail develops a battery-powered version; Hoppers damaged in East Somerset derailment; Freight paths freed up for passenger use.

When Saturday Came: Skegness

Looking back to the golden days of summer-dated holiday trains to coastal resorts, kicking off with this look at the Lincolnshire outpost.

LU World Special

London Underground is bidding farewell to its District Line workhorse – the ‘D’ Stock. We detail its career history, with insight from a LU driver.

A trip down memory lane

Example main line duties from when the Class 08/09 fleet did more than just shunting.

0-60: Class 144

Putting a Northern ‘Pacer’ (and our columnist!) to the test in the Aire Valley.

Reviews

New books on Class 08/09s, Class 50s, and life
as a railwayman in the early 1970s.

Express Mailbag

‘Westerns’ on freight; Pilot scheme diesels; Foreign-owned trains and operators.

Time Traveller

May news from decades gone.

Railtours

Royal Scotsman itineraries announced; Celebrity ‘37’ to return to Highland haunts; Charity tour raises £50,000; Full diary for May.

Preservation

Early ‘37’ to be overhauled by UKRL; Ark Royal misses Bluebell gala; ‘Skinhead 31’ moves to Weardale; Heritage line freight photo special.

Power By The Hour

Colas ‘67s’ start NR test train work; GBRf
‘73/9s’ resume solo sleeper working.

Powerscene

Our class-by-class round-up of notable workings.

Unitary Authority

GWR Class 387/1s head west; More ex-Thameslink Class 319s go in to store.

Shunter Spot

RSS continues to expand.

Wagons Roll

‘Seacows’ acquired by SVR; DIrect Rail Services puts DVTs into store at Longtown.

Coach Compartment

Vintage Pullmans head south.

Irish Angle

Another DEMU car is scrapped.

Modelling

Our main feature this month is an in-depth look at an ‘OO’ gauge layout based in the Fens in the 1960s. There is also news of Kernow’s Bulleid-designed diesels, plus reviews including Dapol MJA wagons, Gaugemaster ‘73s’ and a Graham Farish ‘37/4’.

 

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