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A fiery end

A fiery end

27 April 2016

A fire 25 years ago marked the end for Vic Berry’s, one of the most prolific private scrapyards to deal with ex-BR diesel locos, units and stock. Ashley Butlin tells the story of the Leicester scrapper.
 

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The past is the future for the Epping Ongar Railway

The past is the future for the Epping Ongar Railway

29 March 2016.

In a follow-up article to that in our June 2015 issue, Christopher Westcott talks to Dean Walton about the challenges in operating the Epping Ongar Railway, the LU artefacts that survive, and the line’s operating future. 

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Drax goes BIG on biomass

Drax goes BIG on biomass

29 March 2016.

The immense IIA biomass hoppers are now available ready-to-run in 4mm scale, but they come at quite a price.
 

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Modeller: Private-owner air-braked vans

Modeller: Private-owner air-braked vans

29 March 2016.

Covered vans were a comparative rarity in the private-owner wagon fleet thanks to the widespread provision of such vehicles by British Rail. However, they were by no means unknown, being built for specific traffic flows. David Ratcliffe details the two-axle, air-braked designs, which included some colourful fleets and interesting one-offs. 

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Long-lost freight: NORTH WALES COAST

Long-lost freight: NORTH WALES COAST

29 March 2016.

The main line and branches west of Chester to Holyhead were once a rich source of freight traffic and traction, as Steve Morris recounts.
 

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The 'Rat' that refused to die!

The 'Rat' that refused to die!

29 March 2016.

March 30 marks the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of celebrity Class 25 Tamworth Castle, which was resurrected long after the fleet had been withdrawn, and against the odds returned to the main line. David Russell tells the remarkable story.
 

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RVEL '73/9s' make main line debut

RVEL '73/9s' make main line debut

26 February 2016.

After several years of delay, the Network Rail-sponsored re-engineered electro-diesels finally get out on the system. 

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Trans-Pennine loco-hauled REMEMBERED

Trans-Pennine loco-hauled REMEMBERED

26 February 2016.

It is 25 years since loco-hauled services between Liverpool and Newcastle went over to Class 158 operation. David Russell looks back at the last few years of diesel haulage on the trans-Pennine route. 

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FLEET FOCUS: Renatus: Refurbishing the Class  321 fleet for the next 20 years

FLEET FOCUS: Renatus: Refurbishing the Class 321 fleet for the next 20 years

26 February 2016.

Work to make the Class 321 fleet ‘like new’ is being done at Wabtec in Doncaster, with new interiors and a new traction package.

 

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Georgemas Junction

Georgemas Junction

27 January 2016.

One of the layouts appearing at the Rail Express Diesel & Electric Show will be Georgemas Junction. The work of George Woodcock, it depicts the famous Far North junction around the start of this century. This was a time when freight was buoyant on the line as EWS developed its short-lived wagonload network, giving plenty of operational variety. 

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Current Issue: August 2016

Issue August 2016

High-speed GCR: Could the former main line be a low-cost alternative to HS2?
Paddington IEP: GWR shows off the first Class 800 to receive its green livery
'Westerns' to Falmouth: The complete story from the long hot summer of 1976
Shunters' day out: KWVR celebrates Class 08 fleet - cut-down cab loco hauls first-ever passenger train
40 pages of modelling: Nuclear '31s' - profiling the 1980s locos; Unique wagons - rare pictures of one-offs; 4-TC IN 4mm - push-pull set unveiled
Class 68s start with Greater Anglia
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