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.
‘Westerns’ on freight; Pilot scheme diesels; Foreign-owned trains and operators.
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.
GWR Class 387/1s head west; More ex-Thameslink Class 319s go in to store.
RSS continues to expand.
‘Seacows’ acquired by SVR; DIrect Rail Services puts DVTs into store at Longtown.
Vintage Pullmans head south.
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’.