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Rail Express - October 2017


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Issue No. 257 October 2017


6 HEADLINE NEWS
Network Rail anticipates funding cut; ScotRail
gets first mini-HST; West Midlands to start in
December; New look for TPE ‘68’; First look at
CAF Class 397; DfT curtails Welsh franchise; New
livery for SWR launch; Competition eliminated on
Exeter route; Colleges get Eurostar power cars;
August sees a spate of derailments; Eight ‘31s’
to star in anniversary event.

14 40 YEARS OF PAIN AND PLEASURE
The highs and lows of the Deltic Preservation
Society since it was formed in 1977.

20 FIFTIES AT 50!
Beginning a celebration of Class 50s as they hit
their golden anniversary, we look back to their
early years on the West Coast Main Line.

25 THE SECOND MAIN LINE COMING
The Class 50 fleet was all withdrawn by 1994,
but three years later the first of seven preserved
examples returned to the main line.

30 BACK FROM THE BRINK
Looking back on the Bury line Class 504 fleet and
the progress made on the sole-surviving unit.
34 0-60: CLASS 73
How did a rebuilt ‘73/9’ do in our test?

75 TIME TRAVELLER
October news from decades past.

76 REVIEWS
New books for modern traction fans.

77 EXPRESS MAILBAG
More on the South Staffs closure; Class 155 cabs.

78 LU WORLD
New rail adhesion trains for the Piccadilly Line.

80 RAILTOURS
BLS does West London; Start ‘Whistling’ for spring.

82 PRESERVATION
Mangapps ‘47’ goes to Mid-Hants; 125 Group
acquires more Mk.3s; East Lancs ‘Teddy Bear’ back
in action; Three ‘Deltics’ for Bluebell gala; Didcot
‘08’ goes blue; Pilot scheme ‘Chopper’ ready for
main line return.

88 POWER BY THE HOUR
Class 88s stopped for modifications; New ‘Cats’
let out as TransPennine livery debuts.

90 POWERSCENE
Key workings from around the country.

98 UNITARY AUTHORITY
Thameslink sees offits last Class 319.

101 SHUNTER SPOT
Freightliner reliability improves.

102 COACH COMPARTMENT
GWR begins HST hand-back.

103 WAGONS ROLL
ESSO TTA fleet heads for scrap.

104 IRISH ANGLE
Stored DMUs to be reactivated; ‘Tippex’ GM
re-enters traffic; New MPV on test.


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