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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of the withdrawal of celebrity Class 25 Tamworth Castle, which was resurrected long after the fleet had been withdrawn, and against the odds returned to the main line.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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Metropolitan Line extension to  Watford Junction finally approved

Metropolitan Line extension to Watford Junction finally approved

27 January 2016.

AFTER several years of planning and negotiations, the Metropolitan Line extension project to Watford Junction at last has the green light.  

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0 to 60! Just how nimble are today's locos and units, and what's the quickest off the mark?

0 to 60! Just how nimble are today's locos and units, and what's the quickest off the mark?

27 January 2016.

After previous runs with Classes 380 and 334, Neville Hill stays in Scotland enjoying loco haulage behind a Class 68 bound for the Fife Circle.

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Current Issue: July 2016

Issue July 2016

Euston empty stock locos: Full history of the specially retained electric fleet
To Norwich, non stop: How a pair of '37s' fared on the Great Eastern Main Line
Open access for Edinburgh
TPE opts for loco-hauled
Ultra 73s star at SVR gala
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