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Rail Express - January 2019


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CONTENT 

FEATURES 

16 CALLING AT DERBY 

A railwayman’s view on the recent station remodelling and upgrade 

22 GAS GIANTS 

A look at the distinctive former BOC, which are reviewed in model form on page M26 

24 0-60: CLASS 321 

It is back to East Anglia to test out these ex-British Rail workhorses. 

26 FATE OR COINCIDENCE?  

 The bizarre story of No. 47299’s fatal crash 

 

REGULARS 

28 TIME TRAVELLER 

News headlines from decades past. 

31 EXPRESS MAILBAG & REVIEWS 

First Generation DMUs; NRM Funding and a selection of modern traction books 

78 SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS 

The best ways to get Rail Express every month 

 

NEWS  

8 HEADLINE NEWS 

GTR keeps Thameslink at a cost; New ombudsman created; Crossrail funding package agreed; HSTs in the news; ‘Generational opportunity’ for Wales; NER Autocar wins Heritage Awards; Freight operators want more say in Williams Review; ‘Nova 2’ delivered; Commuter rail proposals could hit ELR operations; No end in sight for DCO disputes.  

68 LU WORLD 

LU sign contract for ‘Inspiro’ fleet.  

69 RAILTOURS 

Class 50 farewell tour recreated; DPS battles to fix No.55009 Alycidon. 

72 PRESERVATION 

Class 31s forced to leave Nene Valley; Llangollen Diesel Class 37 for sale; Western Champion goes blue; First visitors announced for KWVR and SVR galas. 

75 POWER BY THE HOUR 

More ‘Tugs’ for sale; HST’s in flux 

80 POWERSCENE 

Notable workings, Name Game and Spectrum  

90 UNITS  

‘Flirt’ bi-mode arrives at Norwich 

93 SHUNTERS  

Rare outing for GWR shunter 

94 COACHES  

Angel HST rake formed up for Hull Trains. 

95 WAGONS 

Disposal of PCAs begins 

96 IRISH ANGLE 

IR and NIR face capacity shortage


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