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Rail Express - July 2017


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Issue No. 254 July 2017

8 HEADLINE NEWS
Fair access for sleeper services?; GWR loco-
hauled returns; Swanage Railway begins
Wareham services; Elected mayors gain
transport powers; Third-rail lifted at Eastleigh;
The ‘Bubble’ finally bursts at Chiltern Railways;
Greater Anglia gets first regenerative Class
321; Welsh Assembly criticised for ‘secret’
consultation; Largest crossing claim; Severn
Valley Railway celebrates in style; Brussels
welcomes first Eurostar ‘Velaro’.

18 RETRO FREIGHT: SOUTH STAFFS
Detailing the rich variety of the now closed
Lichfield-Walsall direct route in the 1970s and 80s.

23 0-60: CLASS 142
Neville Hill completes the trio of ‘Pacer’ classes
with a run on the Wigan to Southport line.

24 SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS
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26 HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLASS 20
Sixty years old this month, we detail the remaining
52 examples of this remarkable survivor.

28 A MOMENT IN TIME
Why was ‘Hymek’ No. 7036 the unlikely star of
the 1972 open day at Old Oak Common?

MODELLING
With the release of
Kernow’s 4mm ‘Clay Tiger’
hopper, we take an in-
depth look at the career
of these bogie china clay
wagons. Reviews include
DJ Models’ ‘OO’ gauge
Class 71 and Bachmann’s
Aggregates Industries-liveried ‘66’ – while
there’s news of Heljan’s ‘14’ and ‘28’.

29 TIME TRAVELLER
Looking back to events from past Julys.

30 MAILBAG AND REVIEWS
Lewes closure not the council’s fault; Western
Advocate collision; Brits Abroad: a track machine!

71 LU WORLD
‘D’ Stock bows out with railtour; Branch Line
Society tour to visit Northumberland Park.

72 RAILTOURS
Charity begins at… Ipswich; Join Alan for the
‘Lickey Incliner 2’; trips to Old Dalby announced.

74 PRESERVATION
Class 27 to 22 conversion project abandoned;
Class 50 Thunderer goes main line after 26 years;
Class 14 moves to Colne Valley Railway; ‘3-CIG’ to
debut at Spa Valley gala.

80 POWER BY THE HOUR
Bulk freight for Colas Class 70s; DRS’ new Stadler
traction goes out and about.

82 POWERSCENE
Notable workings from around the country.

90 UNITARY AUTHORITY
GWR sends first ‘Adelante’ to Grand Central.

92 SHUNTER SPOT
Dawson fleet expands; RSS takes over Tostre.

94 COACH COMPARTMENT
DRS Mk.2 gets CET tank; ‘Air-con’ pioneer returns
to active use with Locomotive Services.

95 WAGONS ROLL
GBRf takes over former Colas HHA hopper set.

96 IRISH ANGLE
Another GM gets retro livery; Belmond season
sees route and loco changes.


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