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The Railway Magazine - May 2017


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Headline News
Tornado becomes first 100mph British steam loco for
50 years; ECML ‘Four Trains’ event draws the crowds;
Settle-Carlisle line reopens after 13 months of repairs;
Clun Castle to debut at Tyseley’s June open day.

On The Cover
The East Coast Main Line
hosted two exceptional
events in April, as
Tornado became the
first British steam loco
to reach 100mph for
50 years and the 'Four
Trains' parade brought
past, present and future
ECML traction together
for a unique parallel run.
The four generations
of ECML power are
seen at Shipton-by-
Beningborough while
the ‘A1’ is at Newcastle-
upon-Tyne. See p6-7.
CHRIS MILNER

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest
70 Steam & Heritage
Swanage Bulleid gala smashes visitor records,
Midland Railway ‘Picnic Saloon’ restored after 60 years,
‘Scotsman’s’Worth Valley visit a ‘big success’, NRM gifts
LSWR Adams 4-4-0 to Swanage Railway, ‘S160’ and ‘A4’ to
visit Mid-Norfolk; Two Bulleids for GCR autumn gala.
76 Industrial Steam
78 Steam Portfolio
80 Irish News
82 Traction & Stock
Liveries and interior concepts unveiled for ScotRail’s
refurbished HSTs and new Greater Anglia fleet, Chiltern
‘Bubblecar’ farewell, what next for SWT’s unwanted
Class 707s?
85 Stock Update
86 Traction Portfolio
88 Network
Easter blockades deliver £70m of work at 200 sites,
TfL publishes £3.6bn infrastructure ‘wish list’, Low Moor
and Ilkeston stations open for business, user group
lobbies for Ashchurch improvements.
90 Railtours
94 Narrow Gauge
98 Classic Traction
Ex-Buxton Class 37/5 moves into preservation at the
Mid-Norfolk, Sunderland port shunters saved, Class 88
booked for Severn Valley diesel gala, first Bluebell visit
for a Class 50, PWM650 moves to HST at Rowsley.
102 Miniature
104 Freight
106 World
110 Metro
113 Operations
News from the train- and freight-operating companies.

Regulars
12 Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.
12 Railways in Parliament
40 Readers' Platform
58 Meetings
Railway society meetings near you – all the details.
60 Subscription Offer
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The Railway Magazine for only £20 per year.
64 Panorama
Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.
68 From The RM Archives
Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago.
120 Heritage Diary
Details of when heritage railways and centres are open.
130 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?

Features
14 Inverness? Somewhere in the South
Keith Farr looks to the Highland Railway's Far North line
to Wick and Thurso for the latest instalment of 'Practice
& Performance'.

22 Bridge Strikes: Educating the offenders
Collisions of road vehicles with railway bridges cause
enormous disruption and cost the railway millions of
pounds every year. Chris Milner discovers how Network
Rail is working to reduce the number of incidents.

28 The Treasures of Beamish
Mark Smithers visits the leading heritage visitor
attraction in the north-east of England and
discovers a wealth of interest for railway enthusiasts.

36 Wonderful Woodhead
A selection of previously unpublished photographs
by GeoffWillerton, taken in the final few years of this
much-missed trans-Pennine railway.

45 The Train Journey that shook the 20th century
Allan George recounts the extraordinary tale of Lenin's
return from exile in Switzerland to lead the Russian
Revolution 100 years ago.
50 Locospotting Pioneer
Nick Pigott meets Eric Fry, the man behind the famous
RCTS 'green book' series, describing the locomotives of
the LNER in detail, and an early pioneer in the field of
recording loco sightings.


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