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The Railway Magazine - November 2017


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November 2017. No. 1,400. Vol 163. A journal of record since 1897.


Headline News

 On the cover
COVER: BR‘Standard4’
No. 75014approaches
Blue Anchor on
theWest Somerset
Railway duringarare
ventureaway from
its Dartmouth Steam
Railway home.
DON BISHOP
INSET: Railway Lives:
PBWhitehouse.
INSET: Evocative
views of 1970sBR.
INSET: Recalling the HitherGreen
disaster of 1967.

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest
66 Steam &Heritage
Blue ‘King’ for Paignton? Llangollen GWR 2-8-0 sold,
‘CanPac’ re-wheeled, gala success forWest Somerset and
Great Central, A1 Trust eyes ex-SDR depot building.
72 Industrial Steam
74 Steam Portfolio
76 Narrow Gauge
78 Miniature
80 Network
ECML power supply upgraded for new trains,
Forres station relocated, further blockades on
Gospel Oak-Barking to complete electrification work.
83 Classic Traction
86 Irish News
88 Metro
90 Railtours
94 Freight
96 World
98 Traction & Stock
Hitachi rolls out first British-built Class 385s for ScotRail,
Class 20s on RHTT, more Class 707s delivered, extra
Class 221 formed from spareVT/XC vehicles.
102 Stock Update
103 Traction Portfolio
105 Operations

Regulars

12 Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.
12 Railways in Parliament
40 Readers’Platform
42 Subscription Offer
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The Railway Magazine from only £20.
48 Meetings
52 Christmas Gift Guide
60 Panorama
Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.
64 From The RMArchives
Find out what The RMwas reporting 20, 50 and 100
years ago.
110 Heritage Diary
Details of when Britain’s unique collection of heritage
railways and railway museums are open.
122 Prize Crossword andWhere Is It?

Features
14 Fatal Fracture
Fraser Pithie looks back at the Hither
reen derailment of November 5, 1967
nd themaintenance failures that led
the death of 49 passengers.
22 Practice&Performance:
West Coast Class 50s
JohnHeaton shares his timing logs
from October’s ‘Caledonian’ railtour
to Glasgow, and compares them
with a selection of historical runs.
28 Railway Lives:
PBWhitehouse
In the latest of his short biographies
of well-known railway authors,
Robert Hummtells the story
of a famous photographer and
preservation pioneer.
36 Completing the Set
An update on the GreatWestern
Society’s project to build a replica
Hawksworth ‘County’, and how you
can help to complete the family of
GWR 4-6-0s.
44 Reflections of BR
A selection of wonderfully atmospheric
and evocative scenes fromnorthern
England in the 1970s, captured by the
camera of Andy Sparks.


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