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The Railway Magazine - September 2017

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Headline News
Overnight delivery: CAF has sent several completed Mk5
Caledonian Sleeper vehicles to the Velim test centre in the
Czech Republic for dynamic testing.

Abellio/JR East joint venture wins West Midlands
franchise, Signalling delays mar successful Waterloo
upgrade, Six new stations for England and Wales,
Heritage Lottery Fund chairman to reopen refurbished
Barrow Hill roundhouse, Caledonian Sleeper Mk5s on
test in Czech Republic, Scottish debut for Virgin IET.
On the cover
COVER: Fowler 'Jinty'
0-6-0T No. 47406
heads a passenger
train during a
Timeline Events
photo charter at
the Ecclesbourne
Valley Railway
in Derbyshire on
August 23.

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

70 Steam & Heritage
NRM ‘28XX’ gifted to STEAM Museum, Scots Guardsman
bows out, Swanage hires ‘T9’ after losing two locos in
shed collision, NYMR scoops £4.6m lottery grant.

76 Industrial Steam
79 Steam Portfolio
80 Irish

82 Traction & Stock
DB Cargo puts 10 Class 66s up for sale, SWT Class 707s
finally enter service, Investigation into Class 455 traction
equipment ‘explosions’, TfL ups Class 345 EMU order.

85 Stock Update
87 Traction Portfolio
88 Narrow Gauge
90 Railtours
93 Railtours Portfolio
94 Metro
95 Miniature
96 Classic Traction

100 Network
Lee Valley gets £170m upgrade, masts up on Cannock
Chase and Shotts lines, Fylde signalboxes under threat.

102 World
107 Operations

42 Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.

42 Railways in Parliament
54 Reviews
56 Readers’ Platform

58 Subscription Offer
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60 Panorama
Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.
66 Meetings
68 From The RM Archives
Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100
years ago.
112 Heritage Diary
Details of when Britain’s unique collection of heritage
railways and railway museums are open.
122 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?


14 Summer Saturdays to Skegness
Pip Dunn recalls the summer holiday trains that
took a wide variety of freight-only diesels from the
East Midlands and Yorkshire to the Lincolnshire
Coast between the 1970s and the early-1990s.

22 The demise of the railways in North-West Ireland
This month marks the 60th anniversary of the
closure of more than 200 miles of lines in the
north-west corner of Ireland. Neil Sprinks looks
back and finds out why the region’s railways were
decimated almost overnight.

30 Battling for The Far North
Keith Farr returns to the Far North Line to review the
performance of diesel locomotives and DMUs over
the difficult road to Wick and Thurso, looking at the
Sulzer Type 2s of the 1960s and 1970s, the ‘37s’ of
the 1980s, and the current ScotRail Class 158s.

36 A Dales Delight
The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway has gone from
strength-to-strength since it reopened part of the
Skipton to Ilkley line to tourists in 1981. Mark Smithers
visits the Yorkshire Dales to discover the railway now
has its sights set on reaching Skipton.

44 Last of the Giants: SNCF CC72000
Late August saw the last booked workings of the
most powerful diesel locomotives in France - the
SNCF CC72000s. Ben Jones takes a brief look at the
reasons behind their development, where they
worked, and their gradual decline over the last

50 Mail Rail Opens to the Public
Keith Fender visits the new Postal Museum in
London and rides on a revived section of the
Mail Rail system, which is now carrying passengers
for the first time in its history.

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