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The Railway Magazine - July 2017


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Headline News

Bombardier wins South Western EMU order, Gibb report
on Southern crisis finally published, HM Queen christens
GWR Class 800, Clun Castle back in one piece, Edinburgh
to Glasgow electrification delayed again, West Coast and
Southeastern franchise shortlists confirmed, Crossrail
Class 345 into service.

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COVER: A montage of
The RM covers from
the past 120 years.

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

68 Steam & Heritage
LNWR pulls plug on contract work, ‘P2’ crank axle
completed, £1m lottery windfall for NER ‘J21’, Tornado
takes Bodmin by storm, Isle of Wight Ivatt tank steams
again, Cornwall moves to Quainton Road.
74 Industrial Steam
77 Steam Portfolio
78 Narrow Gauge
81 Irish News
82 Classic Traction
86 Traction & Stock
DRS Class 88s start work on WCML freight, Vivarail Class
230 main line tests restart, Irish Rail considers new
engines for Class 201s, GWR Class 387s to Didcot.
88 Stock Update
89 Traction Portfolio
90 Railtours
92 Freight
94 Network
Linear park plan for disused North London Line viaducts,
Heathrow loses Crossrail access charges battle, drilling
blamed for MML bridge collapse, Market Harborough
realignment.
96 World
98 Miniature
100 Metro
103 Operations
Regulars
12 Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.
12 Railways in Parliament
22 All Change
32 Subscription Offer
Subscribe today to receive your monthly copies of
The Railway Magazine from only £20.
42 Readers’ Platform
43 From The RM Archives
Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100
years ago.
62 Panorama
Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.
108 Heritage Diary
Details of when heritage railways and centres are open.
114 Meetings
Railway society meetings near you – all the details.
122 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?

Features
14 The Big Bird That Flew Too Far
Fifty years after it was unveiled as the world’s most
powerful single-engined diesel loco, Kestrel remains a
source of fascination for British enthusiasts. Nick Pigott
tells the story of the unique 4,000hp prototype in the
first of a two-part series.

24When Steam Met itsWaterloo
The final months of steam operation on the Southern
Region’s Western Division have become legendary for
the high-speed exploits of grimy Bulleid Pacifics. Keith
Farr recalls some outstanding performances from the
BR steam era.

34 NottinghamVictoria
Nottingham’s cavernous GCR station waved
farewell to its final trains in September 1967.
Robin Stewart-Smith marks the anniversary
with a two-part special, starting with a look
at the station from its construction until
the outbreak of the Second World War.

44 Presence of Mind
Fraser Pithie continues his look at serious rail accidents
in 1967 with a tale of skill and bravery by railway crews
faced with disaster on the East Coast Main Line - and
the demise of English Electric prototype DP2.
49 Rail Holiday Guide 2017
The RM’s bi-annual guide to
railway holidays in the UK and
across the world. From depot
visits to luxury land cruises
there’s something to suit
every interest and budget.


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