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Rail Express is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiast. It has all the latest news from across Britain’s railway network, illustrated with superb photographs of traction in action.

There’s full coverage of main line movements, London Underground, railtours, the preservation scene, shunters, coaches and developments over on the Irish network. Every movement and acquisition is examined and the Time Traveller column offers a nostalgic look back at the rail news of yesteryear.

Rail Express Modeller is your comprehensive guide to the world of model railways, featuring reviews of new releases and how-to guides for getting the best from your layout.

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PREVIEW: December edition of Rail Express magazine

The Midland Pullman HST breaks cover and reveals a classic retro livery! Plus, grab a FREE 2021 Rail Express Calendar inside the new December edition.

The December issue of Rail Express magazine is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiasts.

December edition of Rail Express magazine

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Headline News

Williams Rail Review quietly dropped; LSL’s Midland Pullman HST breaks cover; Colas HST power cars start test train work; Will dual-mode locos be the new standard? NR and GBRf sign deal for 570 infrastructure wagons; £9 million awarded to heritage railways; LO retires Class 315s; Wolverton offers space for rent.

Sparks to Norwich

Recounting the 35-year history of electric locomotives on the Norwich to Liverpool Street route, which were ousted recently by new Stadler EMU trainsets.

Last Roar of the ‘Deltics’

In the late 1970s the Class 55s were given one last chance to show how well they could perform with some outstanding runs on the ‘Hull Executive’ service.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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PREVIEW: November edition of Rail Express magazine

The COVID-19 crisis pushes the government to a concessions-based approach to replace rail franchising.

The November issue of Rail Express magazine is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiasts.

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Headline News

RIP franchises as the Government moves to a concessions-based approach in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis; Grand Central scraps planned.

Long lost freight: Cattle

A look at North Wales’ final livestock trains.

The Retro Years: S&C 40s

Inspired by the use of a ‘Whistler’ on RCS’ Staycation Express, we look back at Class 40s in action on the Settle & Carlisle line.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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PREVIEW: October edition of Rail Express

Lifeline for EMR HSTs, plus the clean up operation begins following accidents at Stonehaven and Llangennech.

The October issue of Rail Express magazine is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiasts.

October edition of Rail Express

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Headline News

RAIB investigates Stonehaven and Llangennech accidents as clear-ups begin; Dates of major engineering works on Isle of Wight announced; Formal start for main HS2 construction; Emergency rail funding deal extended; Heathrow southern access plan wants go-ahead; Rebirth for Chart Leacon depot; Brighter future for reborn WolvertonWorks; Stevenage bay opens.

Bye-Bye Bletchley

‘Deconstructing’ the famous 1950s flyover.

Rail Express: LU world special

Driverless trains on London Underground have become something of a political football recently, but are they even a realistic possibility in the near future?

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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PREVIEW: September edition of Rail Express magazine

Tours and heritage lines return, plus we explore the Tyne & Wear Metro as it notches up four decades!

The September issue of Rail Express magazine is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiasts.

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Headline News

£30 billion cost for a carbon-neutral railway; Post-Covid boost for charter operations?; Far North timber trial; Loram coach breaks cover, plus more headline news.

40 years of the Tyne & Wear Metro

The Tyne & Wear Metro was Britain’s first modern-era light rail system, and this August it has notched up 40 years of service.

The Retro Years: September

More classic diesel and electric scenes from the Rail Express archives.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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Inside the August issue of Rail Express

Masks on! Glimmer of hope as lockdown eases, rail demand rises and timetables head back to normal. We cover the latest news in the August edition of Rail Express.

This month’s issue is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiasts.

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Headline News

No return to franchises anytime soon; New inter-city sets take shape; Transport for the North seeks funding of £49 billion; Prospects rise for international sleeper services; Work starts on Goole factory; Irish Governments see positive future for rail beyond lockdown; Heritage lines prepare to reopen; Middleton marks its 60th anniversary in lockdown.

The Retro Years: August

More classic diesel and electric scenes dug out from the archives.

Back to the Future

Remembering BR’s Blue Pullman trains, which entered service 60 years ago out of St Pancras and Paddington.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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Inside the July issue of Rail Express

This issue Rail Express gets caught up with operators as they prepare for the end of lockdown, plus the Irish government reaffirms it’s support for rail. This month’s issue is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiasts.

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Headline News

Operators prepare for end of lockdown; Covid-19 news round-up; Heritage lines ‘must be cautious’; Irish Governments reaffirm support for rail; Rail gains from more home shopping; ERS moves in to Yarmouth; IoW upgrade plan; Stay of execution for Northern ‘Pacers’; First look at West Midlands ‘730’; Track laying at new Feltham depot.

The Retro Years: July

Our archives reveal more classic diesel and electric shots from 1970s onwards.

0-60 Recap

Part 2 ofalockdown look at the series so far, this time analysing the timed runs in order of their performance rating.

Modelling

We have in-depth reviews of Bachmann’s excellent Class 117 suburban DMU and Heljan’s ‘OO’ gauge version of a Class 33. We also show how to kit-build a HOP21 coal hopper, and pose the question why aren’t there more models of on-track plant. Plus, there’s also news of more wagons to come from Ellis Clarke Trains and Accurascale.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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Inside the June issue of Rail Express

We’re paying tribute to the UK’s railways which are supporting the nation, from key passenger and freight flows kept moving and naming honouring the brilliant Captain Tom. This month’s issue is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiasts.

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June issue of Rail Express

Headline News

Our railways do their bit – empty stations, train namings, NHS messages of support, blue light shows, and food giveaways; Government supports heavy and light rail; HS2 work gets official go-ahead; DfT refreshes Community Rail Network; Southeastern to take Class 707s; Class 442 car scrapped; ‘Badger’ heads for repaint; Bletchley flyover ‘deconstructed’.

0-60 recap

During a pause in the series for lockdown, we take a detailed look at the results so far with a breakdown into locomotives and units, diesels and electrics.

The Retro Years

Another delve into the archives reveals classic shots from the month of June in years gone by.

Modelling

This month we show how to remodel Hornby’s Class 60 as No. 60012 Glyder Fawr as well as using Bachmann’s VDAs and OTAs to create a ‘Sea Urchin’ ballast wagon. Reviews are thin on the ground during lockdown, but we take a look at Farish’s modified ‘70’ as well as scenic products from Goodwood and Flake King.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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Take a look inside the May issue of Rail Express

There’s a virus crisis as the Government takes control of franchises, railways carry key workers and freight, ‘Pacers’ and Mk.3s stand down plus heritage lines face ruin. This month’s issue is essential reading for today’s rail enthusiasts.

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Headline News

Franchises suspended and replaced by direct awards; Lockdown hits heritage railways hard; Delays threaten South Wales Metro.

Sheffield 150

The city’s ex-Midland Railway station has reached a major milestone.

The Retro Years

Take a look at some classic archive shots from years gone by.

Modelling

The current lockdown could be a great time to work on your layout, so we have a couple of features on painting and kit building, plus in-depth reviews including Bachmann’s Class 121 ‘Bubble Car’, Dapol’s Class 29 and Hornby’s Class 87 in Caledonian sleeper livery.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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Inside the March issue of Rail Express…

Green light for HS2! We have the full story plus a host of features in the March issue of Rail Express magazine!

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Rail Express - March 2020

Headline News

Government takes over running of Northern franchise; Green light for full HS2 to Leeds and Manchester; Top awards for Test Car 2; LNER to retain ‘91s’ into 2022; First Class 777 arrives on Merseyside for commissioning; Network Rail calls for rethink on capacity issues; New depots for Cardiff and Bescot; Island Line infrastructure boost.

Sheffield 150

The city’s ex-Midland Railway station has reached a major milestone.

Modelling section

There are some great new models up for review this month, including Bachmann’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 24, Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge Class 03 and Class 50, and Accurascale’s PFA container wagon.

There’s also news of the forthcoming releases of a Class 27 loco, Class 159 DMU, a large scale Class 33 and an ‘N’ gauge Class 313.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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What’s inside our February issue?

We have the FULL list of non-compliant stock as PRM deadline passes, plus discover the gas turbine story. There’s this and more in the February 2020 edition of Rail Express magazine!

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Gas Guzzlers

Full story of the experimental turbine locos.

The Class 314 story…

Looking back on their 40 years of service.

Modelling section

2020 is Hornby’s centenary year, and to mark the occasion it has announced a bumper crop of new releases across locomotives, carriages and wagons – we round up the full modern era list, which includes a new APT and Class 91. Our in-depth reviews include a prewar Southern EMU, the diminutive48DS Ruston shunters, and ‘Rawie’ buffer stops.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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December issue on sale!

NRM reclaims HST prototype! But 125 Group gains two production power cars… We cover this story and more in the December edition of Rail Express magazine!

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Resurrecting Test Car 2

The inside story of how the former brake test vehicle was saved and restored.

Second chance: Class 101

Riding these popular DMUs in BR days and preservation at the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

FREE 2020 CALENDAR

Get your hands on the exclusive Rail Express 2020 calendar, free with the December issue! UK only.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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November issue of Rail Express out now!

New look for GBRf ‘Tug’ No. 60026! We tribute the line that’s defied the odds! And, Europhoenix buys ‘91s’. The November issue of Rail Express magazine is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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Rail Express cover.

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Stourbridge 140

A tribute to the quirky branch line, which has survived to celebrate its 140th anniversary.

0-60: Class 802

A GWR unit sets a new standard for the type.

Going Dutch

The fascinating story of the seven Class 77 locos in Britain, Holland and preservation.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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October issue on sale now

Roscos at 25: A Privatisation success or failure? Plus we revisit the Penmanshiel Tragedy and how BR reacted when the East Coast tunnel collapsed. The latest issue of Rail Express magazine is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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  • Roscos at 25 | The important role played by rolling stock leasing companies since Privatisation in the mid-1990s.
  • Anglia ‘short set’ farewell | A tribute to the Wherry Lines’ loco-hauled trains.
  • The Penmanshiel Tragedy | HowBritish Rail reacted when the East Coast tunnel collapsed and closed its premier line.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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September issue of Rail Express on sale now!

Inside the National Operations Centre! ‘Azuma’ meets steam legends! Recalling the diesel-hauled glory years! The latest issue of Rail Express magazine is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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INSIDE THE NATIONAL OPERATIONS CENTRE | Network Rail’s National Operations Centre in Milton Keynes–what is it and what does it do?

THEN AND NOW: DONCASTER | A look at the station in the 1970s and now.

WHEN SATURDAY CAME | Looking back to the heyday of diesel-hauled holiday trains to Paignton and Torbay.

POWER BY THE HOUR | LNER stands down Class 91; Class 70 trialled on stone train; Final GBRf ‘92’ outshopped.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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AUGUST ISSUE ON SALE NOW!

Northern’s Newbies! Class 47 survivors! ‘Hymek’ returns! The latest issue of Rail Express is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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ON A ROLL TO ROYCE’S | A focus on Derby’s short branch to Sinfin.

26 CHASING TRAINS: CLASS 40S | Bashing ‘Whistler’s in the 1970s and 80s.

TIME TRAVELLER | Headlines from decades past.

0-60: CLASS 458/5 | Looking for a new third-rail champion.

POWER BY THE HOUR | Class 59/2 fleet up for sale; Class 20s head to store; Bogie swap for second Colas ’37’.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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JULY ISSUE ON SALE NOW!

HS2 unveiled! Azumas start work! Crowds flock to Crewe! The latest issue of Rail Express is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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END OF A GOLDEN AGE | A last trip from Paddington to Penzance by HST.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? ‘47S’ | Detailing the current main line fleet.

LSL OPENS ITS DOORS | A round-up of Locomotive Services’ open day.

PRESERVATION | Porterbrook donates Mk.3 to 125 Group; New base for ‘Teddy Bear’; ‘Deltic’ quarantined at Burton; ‘Pacers’ up for grabs; SVR diesel gala.

POWER BY THE HOUR | GBRf acquires three more Euro-‘66s’; Trio of locos added to Locomotive Services fleet.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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June issue of Rail Express magazine out now!

Southern Legacy! The ‘Silver Queens’! Long Rock Open Day! The latest issue of Rail Express is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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SOUTHERN LEGACY | We conclude our look at BR’s first generation units with a focus on its third-rail fleet.

THE ‘SILVER QUEENS’ | Continuing the cement wagon theme with a look at the PCV fleet.

PRESERVATION | ‘Slugs’ move to Battlefield Line; NER Autocar in action; Great Central ‘101’ back in traffic; Garw Valley holds open day; HNRC ‘20’ and ‘47’ for

POWER BY THE HOUR | First bodyshell for the Class 56 to 69 conversion programme goes for painting.

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Issue 276 OUT NOW!

NRM publishes its loco review, DB Cargo and Maritime team up to grow intermodal traffic, and delays to new stock mean services are being cancelled. The latest issue of Rail Express is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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COATS OF MANY COLOURS: CLASS 91s |Looking back on 30 years of East Coast service through the lens of the locos’ various liveries.

GATEWAY TO THE CHANNEL ISLANDS |Remembering the Weymouth Tramway, which last saw a train two decades ago.

ON THE HUNT: 47222 |One enthusiast’s quest to track down an elusive loco for haulage.

PRESTON BLUE PULLMAN |North End football fans had a treat in May 1964 when their ‘Footex’ to Wembley was formed of a Blue Pullman set.

MODELLING | Kernow’s D600 NBL ‘Warships’ are reviewed, while there’s news of a Class 91 and Mk.4 set in both ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauges.

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RAIL EXPRESS APRIL 2019

Issue 275 OUT NOW!

Network Rail to devolve into regions (again!), Thunderer back on railtour duties, and GWR to host an open day at Long Rock depot. The latest issue of Rail Express is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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THE LOST ART OF THE SUPER-TELEPHOTO

A photography special looking at the dramatic effects possible using 300mm+ lenses for railway subjects.

THE APPLE OF THEIR EYE

Report on the growing campaign to reopen the March to Wisbech line in Cambridgeshire.

0-60: CLASS 159

They run inter-city services to the South West, but do they have InterCity performance?

DISTRICT LINE 150

Celebrating London Underground’s second oldest line.

MODELLING

News of not one but two Class 92 models, plus a review of the new Farish Pullman DMU set.

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

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Editors’ Comment

Far-sighted

GREAT images are a key part of Rail Express, not just for newsworthy items but also more ‘arty’ takes on everyday workings, and we like to champion the cause of railway photography as much as possible – whether it’s taken on a camera phone or a high-end DSLR.
So this month we’re featuring Simon McComb’s super-telephoto work – that is shots taken with lenses of focal lengths greater than 300mm – a style that seems to have been largely overlooked in recent years with the proliferation of digital cameras that have much less powerful lenses.
The results speak for themselves (see pages 16-21) and offer a refreshing change from a standard ‘three-quarter’ type of shot. Such lenses are not exactly cheap, of course, although there is a decent second-hand market now where bargains can be found making them worth an investment.
If any other readers are already using such lenses, we’d really like to see some of your results, so please do get in touch for a future follow-up article.
‘Deltic’ setback
No. 55009’s return to railtour duties at the start of March was hit by a traction motor failure soon after leaving Edinburgh, and sadly it had to be rescued later at Berwick (see page 9). This is not an occasion for complaint, however. Rather it is a reminder of the magnificent job the Deltic Preservation Society – and all other similar groups running main line heritage traction – does in keeping some of our favourite locos at work. Class 55s are 60-year-old technology running on a modern high speed railway, so the odd technical hitch is perhaps bound to happen. What we can be sure of, however, is the dedication of the DPS in getting Alycidon back up and running as soon as possible. And for that they deserve our deep thanks.

Rail Express March 2019

‘50’ sold to Great Central Railway! Ceremony honours Sir Bill! The latest issue of Rail Express is packed with modern traction news, nostalgia and modelling.

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WIRED FOR POWER –Charting the development of AC-powered electric units through the British Railways era.

CUMBRIAN TRACTORS –A tribute to the Northern loco-hauled operation, which has sadly now finished.

0-60: CLASS 385 –How do ScotRail’s new EMUs rate in our performance survey?

EDITOR’S COMMENT:
Many a slip….

PLUS! All the latest news covering Railtours, Preservation, Units, Shunters, Coaches, Wagons and the Irish modern traction scene.

The big news as we closed for press was that Class 50 No. 50017 Royal Oak had been sold by Boden Rail Engineering to the Great Central Railway. This followed a nervous few days in which the loco had been threatened with scrap if a buyer could not be found quickly after a previously arranged sale had fallen through.

There were those who believed the loco could never be scrapped, but sadly there have been all too many occasions in railway preservation where the unthinkable has actually happened. Numerous Class 31s, 37s and others are no longer with us, despite once being in the ‘safety’ of preservation – and there are plenty of other Class 50s around, so arguably it would have made logical sense to break it up for spares.

Happily, none of that came to pass this time, and we can look forward to seeing the ‘Hoover’ at work on the double-track heritage line, with the spring diesel gala in April hopefully being the first chance.
Class 50s never worked on the former Great Central Main Line, being built after it was closed by British Railways, but the large English Electric machine is sure to be a draw, especially as it has not worked many passenger trains since leaving the Plym Valley Railway in 2014.



FEBRUARY 2019

FEATURES

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE
Using virtual reality to train rail engineers.

MANCHESTER VICTORIA 175
The station celebrates a major milestone.

WESTERN DIESELS
60 years of change on the Western Region.

0-60: CLASS 444
Third rail but second rate?

THEN & NOW: MILTON KEYNES
Spot the difference over 10 years.

REGULARS

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS
The best ways to get Rail Express every month.

TIME TRAVELLER
News headlines from decades past.

REVIEWS & EXPRESS MAILBAG
More on First Generation DMUs; plus a
selection of new books.

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Could there be a return to the ‘Big Four’?; Class 50s commemorate Waverley Route closure; DB’s share of freight continues to fall; Freightliner to take over Mendip Rail stone trains; Colas sells locos to Beacon Rail; Cumbrian ‘Tractors’ bow out; Damaged tram-trains laid up; South East drives rail growth; Bi-modes for ROG postal trains; Barking Riverside contract awarded.

LU WORLD
Finances affect Piccadilly Line upgrade.

RAILTOURS
‘Deltic’ to visit Harrogate and Cleethorpes.

PRESERVATION
No. 47712 will return to the main line; ‘Whistler’ suffers boiler problems; IDRS acquires EM2 bogies; East Lancs Railway Sulzer event kicks off 2019 gala season.

POWER BY THE HOUR
Preparations for TPE ‘68s’ continue.

POWERSCENE
Notable workings, Name Game and Spectrum.

UNITS
Northern receives more units from ScotRail.

SHUNTERS
NS ‘08s’ still proving useful.

COACHES
GWR hands back more HSTs.

WAGONS
New livery for Freightliner MWAs.

IRISH ANGLE
‘Santa Specials’ provide traction variety.

JANUARY 2019

FEATURES

CALLING AT DERBY
A railwayman’s view on the recent station remodelling and upgrade.

GAS GIANTS
A look at the distinctive former BOC, which are reviewed in model form on page M26.

0-60: CLASS 321
It is back to East Anglia to test out these
ex-British Rail workhorses.

FATE OR COINCIDENCE?
The bizarre story of No. 47299’s fatal crash.

REGULARS

TIME TRAVELLER
News headlines from decades past.

EXPRESS MAILBAG & REVIEWS
First Generation DMUs; NRM Funding and a selection of modern traction books.

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NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
GTR keeps Thameslink at a cost; New ombudsman created; Crossrail funding package agreed; HSTs in the news; ‘Generational opportunity’ for Wales; NER Autocar wins Heritage Awards; Freight operators want more say in Williams Review; ‘Nova 2’ delivered; Commuter rail proposals could hit ELR operations; No end in sight for DCO disputes.

LU WORLD
LU signs contract for ‘Inspiro’ fleet.

RAILTOURS
Class 50 farewell tour recreated; DPS battles to fix No. 55009 Alycidon.

PRESERVATION
Class 31s forced to leave Nene Valley; Llangollen Diesel Class 37 for sale; Western Champion goes blue; First visitors announced for KWVR and SVR galas.

POWER BY THE HOUR
More ‘Tugs’ for sale; HSTs in flux.

POWERSCENE
Notable workings, Name Game and Spectrum.

UNITS
‘Flirt’ bi-mode arrives at Norwich.

SHUNTERS
Rare outing for GWR shunter.

COACHES
Angel HST rake formed up for Hull Trains.

WAGONS
Disposal of PCAs begins.

IRISH ANGLE
IR and NIR face capacity shortage.

July 2018

FEATURES

THE FINAL EAST COAST PULLMANS
A look back 40 years to when the final Pullman trains ran from King’s Cross to Harrogate and Hull.
EXPERIMENTS IN ‘BUSTITUTION’
Railbuses introduced in the late 1950s to help keep lines open had all gone within 10 years, along with the lines they were meant to save.
0-60: GWR ‘MINI’ HSTs
With four coaches and two power cars, just how nippy are these ‘Castle’ HSTs?
THEN & NOW: NEW STREET
Gone are the train shed and ‘Peaks’, all replaced by shops and multiple units.

REGULARS

TIME TRAVELLER
Looking back to July news from decades gone.
REVIEWS
A selection of books for modern traction fans.
EXPRESS MAILBAG
Workington ‘50’ identified.

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Train operators fail to deliver May timetable change; Timetable change results in a lot of ‘firsts’; Old Oak ‘345’ depot opens; First IET to Hull; LNER brand revived for East Coast; New windscreens for ‘385s’; GWR loco-hauled returns; KeolisAmey wins Wales & Borders; Join us for the ‘gala of the year’; SWR trains run through to Corfe Castle.
LU WORLD
Preserved 1959 car moves to Epping Ongar Railway; Final main line run for ‘A’ Stock.
RAILTOURS
D1015’s comeback tour postponed.
PRESERVATION
‘Clacton’ EMU moves to new home on Welsh Borders; Neptune to be re-created; Caledonian Class 11 started; ‘Crompton’ to visit East Lancs Railway for July gala.
POWER BY THE HOUR
Caledonian ‘EDs’ reach Mallaig; More Freightliner ‘70s’ stored; ‘47’ works Aberdeen sleeper.
POWERSCENE
Notable workings, Name Game and Spectrum.
UNITS
A full news round-up, class by class.
SHUNTERS
Second ‘Gronk’ for Inverness.
COACHES
Former GC rakes enter service with EMT.
WAGONS
Arlington completes first coil conversion.
IRISH ANGLE
‘Thumpers’ transferred to new home.

June 2018

FEATURES

12  FYLDE ELECTRIFICATION

Blackpool North reopens after five-month electrification and upgrade programme.

13  WHEN SATURDAY CAME…

The glory days of holiday trains to Blackpool.

20  ‘HOOVERS’ CONQUER CUMBRIA

Our April tour that took two ‘50s’ to Carlisle.

24  ‘50s’ at WORKINGTON

The proof that they worked there in BR days.

27  A MOMENT IN TIME

Why an AC loco was on the DC Woodhead route.

REGULARS

18  SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

How to save money on Rail Express every month.

28 TIME TRAVELLER

Headlines from 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

29 EXPRESS MAILBAG

Class 40 crash eyewitness; Damaged ICI hopper; Longport before EMD; Container ‘caboose’.

NEWS

6    HEADLINE NEWS

Government management of rail franchises ‘completely inadequate’; New Moorgate EMUs on test; New TPE trains on the way; Hydrogen fuel technology could help eliminate diesel; More franchise applicants approved as First Group faces break-up; ‘Grid’ rebuild on the cards; ‘D-Train’ main line tests; GWR confirms Class 769 ‘tri-mode’ order.

30  LU WORLD

What are the new rules for taking photos on London Underground stations?

71 RAILTOURS

‘Hidden’ Class 70 trip; ‘Dub and Grub’ ‘50’ tour.

73 PRESERVATION

LSL begins ‘Deltic’ repairs; Appeal to repatriate ‘04’; RMS sells ‘Goyle’ to preservation; Class 210 survivor to become café; The magnificent six line up at the East Lancs Class 40 gala.

80 POWER BY THE HOUR

GBRf removes ‘73s’ from traffic; Debut for Caledonian ‘47’; Alstom maintains Class 92s.

82 POWERSCENE

Key workings, Name Game and Spectrum.

90 UNITS

Class 365 move to Scotland for evaluation.

93  SHUNTERS

Hitachi turns to the past.

94 COACHES

Swanage rake returns to main line.

95 WAGONS

High-speed prototype joins National Collection.

96 IRISH ANGLE

Preserved NIR ‘Thumpers’ get retro livery.

MODELLING

We have a modeller’s guide to Network Rail DVTs, plus a focus on Beilhack snowploughs following the release of Hattons’ 4mm model. We also complete our look at modelling Mk.2 coaches, while there’s news of regional ‘37s’ from Bachmann and more GWR-liveried models from Hornby.

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May 2018
NEWS
HEADLINE NEWS
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.
LU WORLD
A look inside two Met Line signal cabins.
RAILTOURS
Flying start for Saphos; ‘Hoover’ tour planned.
PRESERVATION
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.
POWERSCENE
Key workings, class by class.
UNITS
Final ‘707s’ enter service with SWR; Northern gets first ex-ScotRail ‘Turbostars’.
SHUNTERS
RMS duties diminish as ‘08’ scrapped.
COACHES
Mini-HST enters service with sliding door Mk.3s.
WAGONS
First dedicated biomass hoppers arrive for GBRf.
IRISH ANGLE
IR snow shutdown; Preservation for ‘Thumpers’.
FEATURES
AMSTERDAM BEGINS
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.
REGULARS
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EXPRESS MAILBAG
On Shed updates; double ‘Warships’ at the SVR.
REVIEWS
New books with a modern traction theme.
TIME TRAVELLER
Headlines from the past 50 years.
April 2018

FEATURES

14  THE D200 STORY

Charting 60 years of the pioneer Class 40.

18  THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

A round-up of the other preserved ‘40s’.

19  CLASS 40 POSTER POSER

Can you solve this 1970s riddle?

22  ON SHED PART 3

Looking at purpose-built facilities in the Midlands, North England and Scotland.

28  0-60: CLASS 800 ELECTRIC

Completing our comparison of HSTs vs IETs.

REGULARS

20  SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

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31 TIME TRAVELLER

April news from decades past.

32 REVIEWS

A selection of recent modern traction books.

33 EXPRESS MAILBAG

More lineside relics; WLL freight then and now.

NEWS

6    HEADLINE NEWS

‘Beast from the East’ plays havoc with rail services across the country; NR gets funding boost; Rail factory plan for Goole; Doncaster iPort opens; Repaint marks BR anniversary; ScotRail fined £3 million; Orders for ‘D-Train’ as battery version nears completion; Three Crossrail firsts; Abellio quits Welsh bid; First Greater Anglia Class 720 takes shape.

73  LU WORLD

Acton Works expansion begins.

74 RAILTOURS

Goodies galore in GBRf’s charity marathon.

76 PRESERVATION

‘Peak’ could go main line; Class 50 Alliance to take on Glorious for three years at Severn Valley; Coventry 2-HAP joins Briddon fleet; Weardale ‘Goyle’ gala.

80 POWER BY THE HOUR

TransPennine Express ‘68’ fleet reaches full strength; ‘37/4’ back after 18 years.

82 POWERSCENE

Our round-up of key workings this month.

90 UNITS

First Class 365s stored; More GN ‘700s’.

93  SHUNTERS

Pongo escapes from Kingsbury.

94 COACHES

ERS lands first main line hire deal.

95 WAGONS

First cut-down HRA hopper outshopped.

96 IRISH ANGLE

Belfast Central to be renamed Lanyon Place.

March 2018

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FEATURES

TWO ZULU ZERO TWO
Life aboard the former Class 121 video survey unit Pandora by one of its technical crew.

LOADS OF RUBBISH
An in-depth look at the locations, locos and wagons used for transporting household waste.

THE ‘SHENFIELD SHARK’
A unique view from inside this famous relic.

0-60: GREAT WESTERN HST
Are they better or worse than diesel IETs?

MOMENT IN TIME: CLASS 58
It is now 15 years since the last of the class
ran under its own power in Britain.

REGULARS

TIME TRAVELLER
Looking back 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

EXPRESS MAILBAG
More Cargowaggon uses; MGR ‘50’ poser solved.

REVIEWS
A selection of recent modern traction books.

M24 SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS
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NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
DMU derailed near Glenfinnan; TSGN ‘not value for money’; First look at GA bimodes as Mk.5s enter Britain and a Class 801 debuts; Carillion failure highlights outsourcing weakness; Boden Rail moves to Nottingham; East Coast franchise to end ‘shortly’; Northern’s Class 331 unveiled; Threat to freight paths; New trains to get longer numbers.

LU WORLD
Class 345 sell-off to fund new Tube trains.

RAILTOURS
UK Railtours cancels Northern Belle trips.

PRESERVATION
Glorious to run again; DMUs up for sale; Class 40 to have extended stay at SVR; Swanage main line shuttle trial paused; Steam heat survey – which locos have working boilers?

POWER BY THE HOUR
Former Grand Central HSTs move to new homes; renumbered ‘66s’ enter traffic with GBRf.

POWERSCENE
Our round-up of key workings.

UNITS
GWR ‘150s’ move to Northern.

SHUNTERS
Hunslet Class 08 goes for scrap.

COACHES
More HST stock on the move; Barriers for sale.

WAGONS
New tanks arrive for Heathrow fuel train.

IRISH ANGLE
NIR ballast rehabilitation project recommences.

AUGUST 2017

Current issue: August 2017
Next issue: September 2017 – On sale: August 18

Headline News
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.

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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.

Time Traveller
Looking back to past August news from 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

LU World
Sarah Siddons receives pre-overhaul inspection; Tower tragedy closes Underground lines.

Railtours
Ever been to Sevenoaks Gusset? Plus a full round-up of future tours and announcements.

Preservation
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.

Powerscene
Notable workings from around the country.

Unitary Authority
First Class 345 enters passenger service.

Shunter Spot
RSS acquires first Class 09; HNRC collects ‘08s’.

Coach Compartment
Met-Cam Pullman returns to main line use.

Wagons Roll
New ‘shorty’ HRA hopper enters traffic.

Irish Angle
GM diesels star on charters; Grand Hibernian sees range of diesel traction.

JULY 2017

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May 2017

Current issue: May 2017
Next issue: June 2017 – On sale: May 19

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.

Reviews

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.

Railtours

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

Preservation

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.

Powerscene

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.

Modelling

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’.

 

April 2017

Current issue: April 2017
Next issue: May 2017 – On sale: April 17

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.

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

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.

Pandora through Woodhead

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

Reviews

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.

Railtours

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

Preservation

‘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.

Powerscene

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.