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Rail Express - September 2017


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Issue No. 256 September 2017

6 HEADLINE NEWS
Electrification gives way to bi-modes; Route
changes possible in next East Midlands
franchise; London Midland announcement is
delayed; Chinnor ‘31’ returns to operational use;
Survey reveals passengers feel better about rail
travel; Scotland plans for growth in passenger
and freight traffic; HS2 alignment confirmed as
construction contracts awarded; Birmingham
needs a ‘Midlands Hub’ approach; Network Rail
must cut spending as debt rises; Ten Class 66s
up for sale as 20 Class 60s sold to Wabtec;
Barrow Hill set for gala reopening.

14 CLASS 60 FLEET FOCUS
When did locos in the current ‘Tug’ fleet last
work a passenger train, and what’s the
rarest of the bunch?

16 ON SHED!
The first of a major four-part survey of active
modern traction depots across Britain.

24 RETRO FREIGHT: CLITHEROE
A full history of cement traffic to and from
the Lancashire town.

28 0-60: CLASS 507
Putting a Merseyrail EMU to the test on a rare
70mph section of the Liverpool network.

29 TIME TRAVELLER
September news from decades gone.

30 REVIEWS
A selection of new railway books.

31 EXPRESS MAILBAG
Lichfield line lament; Hertford hardship; ‘Clay Tigers’.

32 LU WORLD
Behind the scenes restoring the historic ‘Q’ Stock.

77 RAILTOURS
Two trips to Old Dalby announced; By ‘Deltic’ to
Swanage; A Class 59/2 returns to Yorkshire.

80 PRESERVATION
‘Rat’ returns to Waterman; Sparrowhawk outshopped
in blue; Two railways suffer vandal attacks; More
‘117s’ for G-WR; Spa Valley ‘Deltic’ called off; Isle of
Wight gala to feature first ever main line diesel.

84 POWER BY THE HOUR
All DRS Class 88s now commissioned; Reprieve for
stored Freightliner Class 66s.

86 POWERSCENE
Our class-by-class round-up of notable workings.

97 UNITARY AUTHORITY
More Class 319s are stored at Long Marston; First
‘Pacers’ get GWR green livery.

101 SHUNTER SPOT
RSS moves into Norwich Crown Point depot.

102 COACH COMPARTMENT
GWR BFOs converted to BSOs.

103 WAGONS ROLL
VTG swallows rival wagon leasing firm NACCO.

104 IRISH ANGLE
Four liveries now adorn 071 Class; Extra trains in new
NIR timetable; Repaints for RPSI diesels.


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