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CONTENTS

Issue No. 271 December 2018

FEATURES
14 1903 AUTOCAR RESTORED

The grandfather of all units is back in service
after a magnificent restoration.

16 BR’S RELUCTANT SAVIOUR
The story of first generation DMUs.

24 LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
An update on the 125 Group, which is raising
funds for a depot for its growing fleet.

26 0-60: CLASS 360
How quick are these East Anglian EMUs?

REGULARS
22 SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS
The best ways to get Rail Express every month.

28 TIME TRAVELLER
News headlines from decades past.

30 EXPRESS MAILBAG
Leeds ‘Peak’; Slow trains.

31 REVIEWS
A selection of modern traction books.

NEWS
6 HEADLINE NEWS
Budget confirms rail spending plans; New
NR chief says digital railway ‘oversold’; ROG
announces Class 93; Call for Great Western
‘Thunderbird’ locos; First IET to Newquay;
Cornish sand trial; Terms announced for
rail industry review; Euro ‘66’ goes home;
Scarborough ‘68s’; Tram-train trial gets
underway but marred by first day crash; Battery
Class 230 demonstrated.

71 LU WORLD
New line for Bank nearly complete.

74 RAILTOURS
DPS considers main line return for ‘Deltic’.

76 PRESERVATION
Mangapps acquires two Network Rail Class 31s;
Restored ‘Hymek’ ventures out; South Devon
gala moves to summer; ‘306’ moves to Shildon’.

80 POWER BY THE HOUR
RHTT Class 20s in trouble.

81 SHUNTERS
RSS and RMS move locos around.

82 POWERSCENE
Notable workings, Name Game and Spectrum.

90 UNITS
First Class 315 EMUs go for scrap.

94 COACHES
ScotRail HSTs start passenger service.

95 WAGONS
Pace of HTA disposals picks up.

96 IRISH ANGLE
Preserved loco restorations move forward.


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