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Contents April 2018. No. 1,405. Vol 164. A journal of record since 1897.

Headline News

GloucsWarks opens to Broadway, Lottery cash for SVR
viaduct, Blackpool North reopening delayed, First TPE
'Nova 3' set on test in Czech Republic, Heavy snow causes
widespread rail disruption, ScotRail Class 385s delayed
again, First automatic run for Thamelink Class 700,GWR
'Castle' HST debut.

On the cover

No. 7903 Foremarke Hall
arrives at Broadway with
a loaded gauging run on
March 9, shortly before
the official opening of
the G-WR's extension
from Toddington.
INSET 1: Celebrating Britain’s oldest railway
photographer - Ron Buckley.
INSET 2: Mountain railways - a lifeline formanySwiss
communities. STOOSBAHN
INSET 3: The Alnwick branch, from closure to rebirth.

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

66 Steam & Heritage
S&D‘7F’ stands in for ‘B1’ at SVR gala, ‘KE1’ mobile again,
The RMto sponsor Gloucs Warks May gala, Tornado tops
100,000 miles during Moors visit, snow disrupts heritage
72 Industrial Steam
73 Irish News
74 Steam Portfolio
76 Narrow Gauge

78 Network
NR gets funding for Croydon remodelling,
Hope Valley capacity upgrade, Midlands calls for greater
rail investment.

82 Heritage Trams
83 Trams Portfolio
84 Metro
87 Railtours
91 Classic Traction
96 World

98 Traction & Stock
ScotRail Class 170s move to Northern, CAF Class 195
on test at Velim, Class 68s take over Cumbrian Coast
diagram, GN Class 717 starts testing.

101 Traction Portfolio
102 Stock Update
103 Operations


14 Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.
14 Railways in Parliament

36 Subscription Offer
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40 Readers’Platform
54 Reviews
56 Meetings

61 Panorama - at night
A stunning collection of nocturnal 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?

2 Obituary: Sir William McAlpine
The RM pays tribute to one of the
railway heritage movement's most
dedicated and influential supporters,
who passed away last month.

16 Ron Buckley: Britain’s Oldest
Railway Photographer
Chris Milner meets a centenarian
photographer who has been recording
Britain’s railways on film since the

26 Homeward Bound:
York-Huddersfield in the 1970s
This month's Practice & Performance
looks back at John Heaton’s
commuting journeys on the
trans-Pennine route in the days of
Class 40s and‘Peaks’.

33 40 Years of Rail Ale Rambles
Dave Richardson looks back on 40
years of connecting railways with visits
to breweries and beer festivals.

42 Living the High Life
Switzerland’s famous mountain
railways providemore than just an
unfortgettable day out for tourists, as
Ben Jones discovered on a recent trip
to the Lucerne region.

48 Then & Now: The AlnValley Railway
Alan Barnes looks back at this
well-known line in Northumberland,
which recently became one of the UK's
newest heritage railways.

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