Bidders announced for next West Coast and South Eastern franchises; First passenger runs for Class 230 ‘D-Train’; New look for ROG Type 4; Swanage Railway reconnects to the main line; Report highlights Southern woes; South Western Trains orders new Bombardier ‘Aventra’ fleet; First look at new Northern DMU; Alliance Rail drops Blackpool ‘Pendolino’ plan for ‘91s’; First IEP to Penzance; East Coast operator again faces revenue shortfall; Coventry Electric Railway Museum to close.
From the archives: LMR
We have delved into our photo library to dig out a selection of rare and unseen images taken on the London Midland Region in the 1950s and 60s.
The best ways to get Rail Express every month.
A year at Scropton
A year in the life of the not always busy signalbox on the Derby to Stoke line.
Then & Now: Huddersfield
How trees have taken over at Springwood Junction.
0-60: Class 92
Neville Hill takes a stopwatch and torch on the Caledonian sleeper.
Mailbag and Reviews
West Midlands ‘Gronk’ trips; Box Tunnel sunrise problem; plus books covering Class 50s, Southern Region signalling and freight times.
Looking back to past August news from 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.
Sarah Siddons receives pre-overhaul inspection; Tower tragedy closes Underground lines.
Ever been to Sevenoaks Gusset? Plus a full round-up of future tours and announcements.
Severn Valley acquires second Class 09 shunter; Deal sees ‘Grid’ based at East Lancs; ‘Choppers’ move to Butterley; GCR due for GWR gala.
Power By The Hour
Class 88s make revenue earning debut; Class 68 TransPennine preparations under way.
Notable workings from around the country.
First Class 345 enters passenger service.
RSS acquires first Class 09; HNRC collects ‘08s’.
Met-Cam Pullman returns to main line use.
New ‘shorty’ HRA hopper enters traffic.
GM diesels star on charters; Grand Hibernian sees range of diesel traction.