April 2017


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In the April 2017 issue: 

Headline News

HS2 bill receives royal assent; New depots for Exeter and Manningtree; Lime Street closed as wall collapses; Freight grant cut will mean reduction in rail traffic; Major railway scrapyard calls it a day; Franchise bidding mania will lead to glut in surplus stock; Severn Valley Railway wins modern traction award; Three shortlisted for East Midlands franchise; Chiltern ‘Bubbles’ to go; ‘Storm Doris’ traction bonus; First Class 88 tour announced; Second City Crossing opens.

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Battersea bound!

The tunnel boring machines have been lowered underground for the Northern Line’s extension to Battersea in South London.

Sectorisation and the focus on freight operations

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The 1980s saw a key change in British Rail management as it switched from focusing on regions to business sectors.

0-60: Class 390

Virgin’s ‘Pendolinos’ are quick, but are they also quick off the mark? Neville Hill finds out.

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Pandora through Woodhead

A Moment in Time as EM2 No. 27006 gets ready to enter the famous tunnel in 1959.


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Books on monorails, railway history and Class 58s are new out this month.

Express Mailbag

Last days of the ‘Westerns’; Hong Kong battery locos; 92-hour clock; and Eurostar scrappings.

Time Traveller

April news from decades past.

LU World

A look inside the first ‘D’ Stock Sandite train.


Rare chance for DRS ‘66/3’ haulage; Mercia suspends European tour programme.


‘Western’ appeal successful; Bluebell 4-VEP to go main line; DRS ‘37’ preserved; update on Class 56 Group ‘Grids’; Deltic to visit Spa Valley.

Power By The Hour

New locos delivered to UK; DRS reveals loco tender results; Colas ‘67s’ ready for service.


Notable workings from around the country.

Unitary Authority

More ‘700s’ introduced on Thameslink.

Shunter Spot

Cambridge gets a pilot; Changes at Cardiff Tidal.

Coach Compartment

DRS ‘air cons’ become nuclear escort coaches.

Wagons Roll

It’s a big month for box wagon deliveries.

Irish Angle

‘Thumpers’ vehicles go for scrap.





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