New West of England franchise proposed; SVR offers chance to drive a ‘66’ and ‘73’; Cancellation of electrification review; First Class 800/2 arrives; GA’s new Brantham depot put on hold; Backing promised for new routes and stations; CAF factory milestone; New West Coast franchise to start in 2019; North Wales signalling upgrade.
A look inside two Met Line signal cabins.
Flying start for Saphos; ‘Hoover’ tour planned.
New home for ‘04’; Bodmin ‘108’ acquired; Rare ‘03’ pairing; Gala problems for ‘Peaks’; Weardale ‘Pacers’ scrapped; ‘Clayton’ to visit Spa Valley.
POWER BY THE HOUR
Electric loco works into Glasgow Queen Street; GBRf trials ‘70’; Red tapes halt TPE ’68’ transfer.
Key workings, class by class.
Final ‘707s’ enter service with SWR; Northern gets first ex-ScotRail ‘Turbostars’.
RMS duties diminish as ‘08’ scrapped.
Mini-HST enters service with sliding door Mk.3s.
First dedicated biomass hoppers arrive for GBRf.
IR snow shutdown; Preservation for ‘Thumpers’.
Eurostar has begun regular passenger services from London to the Dutch capital.
EAST MIDLANDS FOCUS
With the franchise up for renewal, we look at the past and future of this key artery.
NORTHWICH ICI TRAFFIC
Detailing the traffic flows to the Cheshire chemical plants in the diesel years.
0-60: CLASS 87
A railtour offers the chance to step back in time.
The best ways to get Rail Express every month.
On Shed updates; double ‘Warships’ at the SVR.
New books with a modern traction theme.
Headlines from the past 50 years.