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The Railway Magazine - June 2017


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Headline News
First generation railcar era ends as Chiltern ‘Bubblecars’
retire, armed police on UK trains after Manchester attack,
work starts on East Coast IEP fleet, Alstom offers new
EMU for UK market, Eurostar extends e320 operation to
Brussels – and Amsterdam from December.
On The Cover
COVER: Bringing back
strong memories of
the 1970s, BR blue
D9009 Alycidon roars
out of Welwyn North
tunnel heading for
King’s Cross with
the ‘Hull & Leeds
Executive’ railtour
on May 6. ALISDAIR
ANDERSON
INSET 1: Celebrating
50 years of industrial
magic at the Foxfield
Railway.
INSET 2: English
Electric Type 1s reach
their 60th anniversary.
INSET 3: Farewell to
Chiltern’s Class 121
‘Bubblecars’.

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

66 Steam & Heritage
Two ‘Merchant Navies’ return as British India Line and
Clan Line make main line tests on the same day, NYMR
to run Cromer dining trains, Andy Munro steps down as
Great Central CEO, War Department engines for North
Norfolk gala.
72 Industrial Steam
74 Steam Portfolio
76 Irish News
78 Classic Traction
82 Metro
83 Heritage Trams
84 Freight
86 World
88 Railtours
92 Traction & Stock
Four more Class 68s arrive, first Greater Anglia ‘FLIRTs’
due for completion in spring 2018, more Class 321s
bound for ScotRail, Class 31 reduced to a single main
line example
95 Stock Update
97 Traction Portfolio
98 Network
Crossrail construction work passes 85% mark, Abbey
Wood interchange unveiled, user groups call for
improvements to Stranraer line and in North Wales, new
station on MML at Brent Cross?
100 Narrow Gauge
103 Operations
News from the train- and freight-operating companies.


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

Features
14 Midnight Train to Glasgow
‘Practice & Performance’gets a rare look behind the
scenes of Serco’s‘Caledonian Sleeper’operation and
assesses the performance of the GBRf Class 92s which
haul these 16-coach overnight trains.
22 Railway Writers:
Dr Patrick Ransome-Wallis
Robert Humm considers the life and career of one of
the most prolific railway writers and photographers of
the 20th century.
32 Diamond Geezers
Few could have envisaged in 1957 that
the English Electric ‘Type A’ diesels would
still be earning a living 60 years later. Pip
Dunn looks back at their varied career.

40 Panorama Special:‘Great Britain X’
A selection of superb images from the Railway Touring
Company’s tenth annual steam landcruise.
44 Five Decades of Foxfield Railway
Gary Boyd-Hope celebrates 50 years of the
Staffordshire railway, and explains how the railway is
staying true to its industrial roots.

51 RDG Rail Fares Trial
Rail fares are widely seen as too complicated and
too expensive. Steven Knight attempts to get some
answers about new trials to reduce the complexities of
the current ticketing system.


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