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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of the withdrawal of celebrity Class 25 Tamworth Castle, which was resurrected long after the fleet had been withdrawn, and against the odds returned to the main line.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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50 years of West Coast electrics

50 years of West Coast electrics

27 January 2016.

Following electrification of the southern half of the West Coast Main Line in the 1960s, subsequent decades saw completion through to Glasgow, sectorisation, privatisation, franchise controversy and a full route upgrade. 

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Work commences on first 'D' Stock RAT

Work commences on first 'D' Stock RAT

23 December 2015.

Replacements for the early 1960s 'A' Stock on leaf and ice-busting duties should enter service next year. 

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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?

23 December 2015.

Neville Hill returns to Scotland to see how the Alstom-built Class 334 'Juniper' sets are performing on the re-opened Bathgate to Airdrie line.  

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