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Rail Express - June 2017


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Issue No. 253 June 2017

8 HEADLINE NEWS

Next Government faces rail funding challenge;
SNCF to join bid for West Coast franchise; First
Class 802 leaves Japan; ‘Azuma’ fleet production
ramps up; New ‘68’ gets interim livery; Full
restoration of Waverley Route to be assessed;
Damaged ‘OLIVe’ moves to Ingrow for repairs;
Western Supervisory Board established; Final ‘D’
Stock withdrawn; Rail can gain from bid to lower
road pollution; Final ‘Bubbles’ bow out.

12 FOUR TRAINS, ONE UNIQUE EVENT

The amazing event that saw four generations of
train running side by side on the East Coast Main
Line north of York.

14 BML2: COULD IT BE VIABLE?
Examining the plan to ease congestion on the
Brighton Main Line by reopening Uckfield to
Lewes for 100mph running.

20 WEST COAST PAIRS
The upper half of the West Coast Main Line is
the place to see pairs of locos and units.

26 0-60: CLASS 317
These humble BR-built units can hold their own
in terms of comfort and acceleration.

27 TIME TRAVELLER
June news from decades past.

28 REVIEWS
Seventies Spotting Days and DMU Allocations.

29 EXPRESS MAILBAG
BR’s big shake-up; Return to Skegness;
Class 442 farewell; NRM cabs.

30 LU WORLD
Internal redesign for Tube Stock; Historic
Kensington platform to be brought back into use.

72 RAILTOURS
‘Deltic’ to make rare Southern foray; New tour
operator enters the scene.

74 PRESERVATION
CTLS ‘Chopper’ to stay at Epping for 18 months;
NNR Suburban Mk.1 rake launched; ‘Choppers’
planned for West Somerset gala.

80 POWER BY THE HOUR
Last NR ‘31’ stored; Colas receives final four
Class 70s; ROG ‘47s’ in the news.

82 POWERSCENE
Notable workings from around the country.

90 UNITARY AUTHORITY
‘319’ arrives at Brush for ‘Flex’ conversion.

93 SHUNTER SPOT
The latest on the Class 08/09 fleet.

94 COACH COMPARTMENT
Power-door HST ready by summer.

95 WAGONS ROLL
Coal hoppers shortened for aggregates.

96 IRISH ANGLE
071 Class in demand for railtours.


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