The Railway Magazine - February 2017
Tornado to haul scheduled steam trains on the S&C;
Southern strike talks resume; BR blue 'King' due back on
the main line in May; first through freight from China to
UK; HS2 rolling stock procurement process starts,
Alex Hynes is new managing director of ScotRail Alliance.
On the cover
MAIN IMAGE: 40 Years
ago: ‘Western’ D1062
Western Courier outside
Swindon Works ‘A’ Shop in
May 1977. PETER ZABEK
INSET 1: Steam and diesel
locos with brake tenders.
Full brake tender story on
p28. W J NAUNTON
INSET 2: 92 Squadron will
be one of five Bulleid
locos to appear at the
Swanage Railway gala -
see p64. KEVIN WILKINS
Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest
62 Steam & Heritage
Railways report record passenger figures for 2016; £1.1m
grant for Bluebell museum; FIVE Bulleids for Swanage;
John Cameron's 'A4 and 'K4' to become static exhibits.
68 Industrial Steam
70 Steam Portfolio
74 Narrow Gauge
Talyllyn celebrates 150 years of passenger trains;
Caernarfon station rebuild begins; Heywood's Katie
steams after 90 years.
78 Classic Traction
Glos-Warks Class 117 DMU completed; Bo'ness Class
37/7 in BR blue; two DB Cargo Class 08s for Ruddington.
£49m Shotts line electrification approved, NR hails
success of £100m Christmas blockades.
86 Traction & Stock
Bi-mode for Northern Class 319s; More Colas Class 70s
en route; first DRS Class 88 electro-diesel lands in UK;
Colas buys two DB Class 67s.
88 Stock Update
90 Traction Portfolio
91 Irish News
Our round-up of news from the train- and
freight- operating companies.
12 Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.
12 Railways in Parliament
34 Readers’ Platform
Your thoughts on the topics that matter to you.
A selection of the latest book reviews.
36 Subscription Offer
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54 From The RM Archives
Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100
Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.
104 Heritage Diary
Details of when heritage railways and centres are open.
114 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?
14 Western Requiem
Marking 40 years since the class was retired by BR,
this month's Practice & Performance looks back at the
Western Region's 'Western' diesel-hydraulics in their
heyday. John Heaton FCILT analyses several runs from
the 1960s and 1970s.
22 Fatal Signals at Stechford
Fifty years ago, BR experienced a number of serious
accidents. Fraser Pithie starts a new series looking
back at 1967's events by recalling a largely forgotten
collision between a freight train and an EMU at
Stechford in Birmingham.
28 Push & Pull: Diesel Style
With the Great Central's replica diesel brake
tender nearing completion, Nick Pigott
looks back at these unusual and short-lived
vehicles, introduced to improve the safety
of diesel-hauled, unfitted freight trains.
38 Railway Personalities: George Dow
Robert Humm considers the remarkable career of this
supreme railway communicator, talented historian and
ground-breaking author, who rose through the ranks
from trainee clerk to divisional manager.
45 Return to Amberley
Mark Smithers makes a return trip to this fascinating
museum railway in Sussex to see how it has progressed
since his first visit almost 30 years ago.