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Issue No. 264 May 2018

FEATURES

15 AMSTERDAM BEGINS
Eurostar has begun regular passenger services
from London to the Dutch capital.

17 EAST MIDLANDS FOCUS
With the franchise up for renewal, we look at
the past and future of this key artery.

24 NORTHWICH ICI TRAFFIC
Detailing the traffic flows to the Cheshire
chemical plants in the diesel years.
29 0-60: CLASS 87
A railtour offers the chance to step back in time.

REGULARS

22 SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

The best ways to get Rail Express every month.

31 EXPRESS MAILBAG
On Shed updates; double ‘Warships’ at the SVR.

32 REVIEWS
New books with a modern traction theme.

33 TIME TRAVELLER
Headlines from the past 50 years.

MODELLING
We takean in-depth
look at the iconic ICI
limestone hoppers
that were in use for six
decades, as Hattons
releasesa4mmmodel.
We also reviewHornby’s
hugelyanticipated Class
800 set, while Dapol
announces an ‘O’ gaugeClass 122.

NEWS

6 HEADLINE NEWS

NewWest of England franchise proposed; SVR
offers chance to drive a ‘66’ and ‘73’; Cancellation
of electrification review; First Class 800/2 arrives;
GA’s newBranthamdepot put on hold; Backing
promised for new routes and stations; CAF
factory milestone; NewWest Coast franchise to
start in 2019; North Wales signalling upgrade.

74 LU WORLD
A look inside two Met Line signal cabins.

76 RAILTOURS
Flying start for Saphos; ‘Hoover’ tour planned.

80 PRESERVATION
New home for ‘04’; Bodmin ‘108’ acquired; Rare
‘03’ pairing; Gala problems for ‘Peaks’; Weardale
‘Pacers’ scrapped; ‘Clayton’ to visit Spa Valley.

84 POWER BY THE HOUR
Electric loco works into Glasgow Queen Street;
GBRf trials ‘70’; Red tapes halt TPE '68' transfer.

87 POWERSCENE
Key workings, class by class.

98 UNITS
Final ‘707s’ enter service with SWR; Northern
gets first ex-ScotRail ‘Turbostars’.

101 SHUNTERS
RMS duties diminish as ‘08’ scrapped.

102 COACHES
Mini-HST enters service with sliding door Mk.3s.

103 WAGONS
First dedicated biomass hoppers arrive for GBRf.

104 IRISH ANGLE
IR snow shutdown; Preservation for ‘Thumpers’.


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