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Rail Express - April 2019


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FEATURES  

14 THE APPLE OF THEIR EYE 

The campaign to reopen the March to Wisbech ‘Bramley Line’ gathers pace.  

 

16 THE LOST ART OF THE TELEPHOTO 

Currently largely out of fashion in railway photography, using a lens with a focal length greater than 300mm brings a new dimension to the subject, as these images show. 

 

24 0-60: CLASS 159 

They are used on inter-city services, but do they have the performance to match? 

 

27 DISTRICT LINE 150  

Celebrating LU’s second oldest line 

 

REGULARS  

 

31 TIME TRAVELLER  

Looking back to decades past 

 

32 REVIEWS & MAILBAG 

A selection of books; plus letters on Class 56 ‘top hats’ and ‘Q’ stock mix up 

 

M20 SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS 

The best ways to get Rail Express every month  

 

NEWS  

 

8  HEADLINE NEWS 

Network Rail shake-up sees the return of five regions; Cornish open day; ‘Deltic’ failure mars comeback tour; Northern Powerhouse rail reveals strategic plan; First shotts line electric; RDG promises fares reform; New wall for Dawlish; NER Autocar wins two HRA Awards; Gospel Oak ‘Aventra’ testing starts; Agreement nears on driver-only control.  

 

71 RAILTOUR 

Class 50 Thunder to make welcome return to main line passenger service 

 

73 PRESERVATION  

‘Grid’ to undergo bogie swap, ‘Hoover’ arrives at new home of Great Railway; More ‘108s’ for Llangollen; Another ‘37’ for sale; RTC-liveried ‘Goyle’ to go tour.  

 

79 POWER BY THE HOUR  

Ex –GWR  Porterbrook power cars placed into store; HST enters service with Hull Trains. 

 

80 POWERSCENE  

Notable workings from the last month, plus Name Game and Spectrum 

 

90 UNITS  

DHUs out, EMUs in on the ‘GOBLIN’ 

 

93 SHUNTERS  

Hanson shunters in focus 

 

94 COACHES  

More HST stock arrives at Long Marston  

 

95 WAGONS  

New flask wagons delivered  

 

96 IRISH ANGLE  

Irish Rail report healthy freight traffic

 


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