May 2017

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Headline News

Brexit and the effect on railways; First look at new Anglia fleet; First-MTR consortium wins South West Trains; Shunters escape scrapyard closure; New Penzance depot takes shape; DRS Class 88s commence trials; New South Eastern franchise to start in December 2018; New look for Class 230 DMU as Vivarail develops a battery-powered version; Hoppers damaged in East Somerset derailment; Freight paths freed up for passenger use.

When Saturday Came: Skegness

Looking back to the golden days of summer-dated holiday trains to coastal resorts, kicking off with this look at the Lincolnshire outpost.

LU World Special

London Underground is bidding farewell to its District Line workhorse – the ‘D’ Stock. We detail its career history, with insight from a LU driver.

A trip down memory lane

Example main line duties from when the Class 08/09 fleet did more than just shunting.

0-60: Class 144

Putting a Northern ‘Pacer’ (and our columnist!) to the test in the Aire Valley.


New books on Class 08/09s, Class 50s, and life
as a railwayman in the early 1970s.

Express Mailbag

‘Westerns’ on freight; Pilot scheme diesels; Foreign-owned trains and operators.

Time Traveller

May news from decades gone.


Royal Scotsman itineraries announced; Celebrity ‘37’ to return to Highland haunts; Charity tour raises £50,000; Full diary for May.


Early ‘37’ to be overhauled by UKRL; Ark Royal misses Bluebell gala; ‘Skinhead 31’ moves to Weardale; Heritage line freight photo special.

Power By The Hour

Colas ‘67s’ start NR test train work; GBRf
‘73/9s’ resume solo sleeper working.


Our class-by-class round-up of notable workings.

Unitary Authority

GWR Class 387/1s head west; More ex-Thameslink Class 319s go in to store.

Shunter Spot

RSS continues to expand.

Wagons Roll

‘Seacows’ acquired by SVR; DIrect Rail Services puts DVTs into store at Longtown.

Coach Compartment

Vintage Pullmans head south.

Irish Angle

Another DEMU car is scrapped.


Our main feature this month is an in-depth look at an ‘OO’ gauge layout based in the Fens in the 1960s. There is also news of Kernow’s Bulleid-designed diesels, plus reviews including Dapol MJA wagons, Gaugemaster ‘73s’ and a Graham Farish ‘37/4’.


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