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The Railway Magazine - November 2018

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November 2018. No. 1,412. Vol 164. A journal of record since 1897.

Headline News
South Yorkshire Tram-Train launch marred by collision,
Network Rail outlines £200m Werrington Junction plan,
German high-speed train gutted by fire, ScotRail InterCity
125 passenger debut, tributes flood in for RTC founder
Nigel Dobbing and ace photographers Malcolm Ranieri
and Colin Garratt.

On the cover
COVER: Restored North Eastern
Railway Petrol-Electric Autocar
No. 3170 hauls an NER autocar trailer
at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam
Railway on October 19. CHRIS MILNER

INSET: An EMT ‘222’ visits Barrow
Hill for overnight servicing. BEN JONES

INSET: Vintage Trains’ first steam run. VINTAGE TRAINS

INSET: BR’s cull of non-standard diesel types in 1968.

Track Record

70 Steam & Heritage
Meiningen wins 'P2' boiler design
contract, BR black 'Saint' for Didcot event,
short-notice WSR visit for Llangollen
'Standard 4' tank, Bahamas stars at Tyseley
50th anniversary event, 'Pannier Party' for
South Devon 50th gala.
76 Industrial Steam
78 Steam Portfolio
80 Narrow Gauge
82 Irish News
84 Freight
86 Miniature
88 Network
Derby remodelling completed on time, station
improvements for Aberdeen and Bristol, ScotRail
reveals major timetable upgrade for December, new
smartphone app to assist disabled passengers.
92 Railtours
97 Classic Traction
100 World
104 Metro
107 Traction & Stock
Siemens Class 717s start work on Moorgate route, new
livery for Virgin Class 221, first Class 315 EMU sold for
scrap, approval for Overground Class 710s, braking issue
grounds Class 385s.
111 Traction Portfolio
112 Stock Update
113 Operations


12 Railways in Parliament
59 Retaining Heritage Skills for the Future
60 Meetings
62 Subscription Offer
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64 Panorama
Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.
68 From The RM Archives
Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago.
120 Heritage Diary
Details of when Britain’s unique collection of heritage
railways and railway museums are open.
130 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?


14 Thames Valley Transformation
Keith Farr starts a two-part study of
train performance on the Great Western
Main Line from Paddington, which has
seen an evolution from steam to diesel
and now electric and bi-mode trains
over the last 60 years.

22 Nodding Along: The 'Pacer' Story
In the second part of his detailed look
at the development and career of the
'Pacer' family, Gary Boyd-Hope
considers the first production
designs – Class 141 and 142 – and the
experimental railbuses inspired by

32 Night Shift
For 79 days between July and October,
East Midlands Trains used Barrow Hill as
a temporary depot for servicing HSTs
and 'Meridians'. Ben Jones spent a night
with the team.

34 The day after steam ended
David Percival provides a personal
account of what railway enthusiasts did
immediately after BR standard gauge
steam ended on August 11, 1968.

39 Christmas Gift Guide
The RM's annual digest of gifts for the
railway enthusiast and historian –
everything from books to DVDs and
once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

48 1968: The Year of the Long Knives
Although famous as the year BR
dispensed with steam traction, 1968
actually saw BR withdraw more diesel
locos than steam. John Crosse tells a
sorry tale of failed designs and wasted

55 Fabulous at 50
No fewer than 11 Class 50s were
present at the Severn Valley Railway in
October to celebrate the Golden Jubilee
of this cult diesel class.

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