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The Railway Magazine - February 2017

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Headline News

Tornado to haul scheduled steam trains on the S&C;
Southern strike talks resume; BR blue 'King' due back on
the main line in May; first through freight from China to
UK; HS2 rolling stock procurement process starts,
Alex Hynes is new managing director of ScotRail Alliance.
On the cover
MAIN IMAGE: 40 Years
ago: ‘Western’ D1062
Western Courier outside
Swindon Works ‘A’ Shop in

INSET 1: Steam and diesel
locos with brake tenders.
Full brake tender story on

INSET 2: 92 Squadron will
be one of five Bulleid
locos to appear at the
Swanage Railway gala -

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest
62 Steam & Heritage
Railways report record passenger figures for 2016; £1.1m
grant for Bluebell museum; FIVE Bulleids for Swanage;
John Cameron's 'A4 and 'K4' to become static exhibits.

68 Industrial Steam

70 Steam Portfolio

74 Narrow Gauge
Talyllyn celebrates 150 years of passenger trains;
Caernarfon station rebuild begins; Heywood's Katie
steams after 90 years.

76 Railtours

78 Classic Traction
Glos-Warks Class 117 DMU completed; Bo'ness Class
37/7 in BR blue; two DB Cargo Class 08s for Ruddington.

80 Metro

82 Network
£49m Shotts line electrification approved, NR hails
success of £100m Christmas blockades.

86 Traction & Stock
Bi-mode for Northern Class 319s; More Colas Class 70s
en route; first DRS Class 88 electro-diesel lands in UK;
Colas buys two DB Class 67s.

88 Stock Update

90 Traction Portfolio

91 Irish News

95 World

98 Operations
Our round-up of news from the train- and
freight- operating companies.

12 Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.

12 Railways in Parliament

34 Readers’ Platform
Your thoughts on the topics that matter to you.

35 Reviews
A selection of the latest book reviews.

36 Subscription Offer
Subscribe today to receive your monthly copies of
The Railway Magazine and save more than 22%.

50 Meetings
Railway society meetings near you – all the details.

54 From The RM Archives
Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100
years ago.

56 Panorama
Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.

104 Heritage Diary
Details of when heritage railways and centres are open.

114 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?


14 Western Requiem
Marking 40 years since the class was retired by BR,
this month's Practice & Performance looks back at the
Western Region's 'Western' diesel-hydraulics in their
heyday. John Heaton FCILT analyses several runs from
the 1960s and 1970s.

22 Fatal Signals at Stechford
Fifty years ago, BR experienced a number of serious
accidents. Fraser Pithie starts a new series looking
back at 1967's events by recalling a largely forgotten
collision between a freight train and an EMU at
Stechford in Birmingham.

28 Push & Pull: Diesel Style
With the Great Central's replica diesel brake
tender nearing completion, Nick Pigott
looks back at these unusual and short-lived
vehicles, introduced to improve the safety
of diesel-hauled, unfitted freight trains.

38 Railway Personalities: George Dow
Robert Humm considers the remarkable career of this
supreme railway communicator, talented historian and
ground-breaking author, who rose through the ranks
from trainee clerk to divisional manager.

45 Return to Amberley

Mark Smithers makes a return trip to this fascinating
museum railway in Sussex to see how it has progressed
since his first visit almost 30 years ago.

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