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The Railway Magazine - May 2019

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Headline News 


Stagecoach disqualified from franchise competitions over pensions issue, Abellio wins East Midlands franchise, TPE accepts first‘Nova 3’set, RAIB investigates near miss at Essex level crossing, DB considers selling Arriva to plug funding gap, LNER‘801s’and LO‘710s’gain approval, GBRf reveals Class 69 plan, Class 91 withdrawals to start in June. 


On the cover 



Approaching the end of its boiler certificate, BR '9F' No. 92212 was used for an early-morning photo charter at the Mid-Hants Railway on March 30. The Riddles 2-10-0 passes Bishops Sutton with a demonstration goods train. DAVE BOWLES 


INSET 1: How the North Warwickshire Line was saved. 


INSET 2: Coaling Towers - the ultimate guide 


INSET 3: Broadway - a record year for the GWSR. 


Track Record 

70 Steam & Heritage 

Wightwick Hall to visit Battlefield Line, South Devon celebrates half century, ‘V4’ design changes revealed, East Lancs buys City of Wells, ‘Lizzie’ back on the main line, funding sought for 'Terrier' overhauls, Didcot launches ‘Saint’. 

76 Industrial 

78 Steam Portfolio 

81 Irish 

82 Narrow Gauge 

84 Miniature 

86 Metro 

88 Network 

92 Classic Traction 

95 Classic Traction Portfolio 

98 World 

100 Railtours 

104 Traction & Stock 

Caledonian Sleeper Mk5 interiors unveiled, first Class 313 goes for scrap, GWR HSTs down to five diagrams, EMUs start testing on Chase Line, Maritime blue for DB ‘66s’, Colas Class 37s for Rhymney trains? 

107 Stock Update 

108 Traction Portfolio 

110 Operations 




38 Years Apart 

54 Railways in Parliament 

55 Readers’ Platform 

58 Reviews 

60 Meetings 

62 Subscription Offer 

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64 Panorama 

Our regular gallery of the best railway photography from around the world 

68 From The RM Archives 

118 Heritage Diary 

Details of when Britain’s unique collection of heritage railways and railway museums are open. 

129 Reader Services 

130 Crossword and Where Is It? 




14 Towers of Strength - Part 2 

Nick Pigott concludes his study of the steam-era coaling towers that once stood at more than 100 loco depots across the UK. 

24 Diversionary Tactics 

The recent closure of Whiteball Tunnel for repairs gives John Heaton a perfect opportunity to compare the performance of GWR HSTs and IETs over less familiar routes. 


32 Sentry at the Gate 

Fraser Pithie recounts the extraordinary story of how the North Warwickshire Line between 

Tyseley and Stratford-upon-Avon was rescued from 'closure by stealth' in the late-1960s. 


40 Building on Broadway 

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway has enjoyed a record-breaking year since its Broadway extension opened in 2018. Gary Boyd-Hope visits to discover what lessons have been learned. 


46 Hugh Le Fleming 

Robert Humm charts the life and career of a notable locomotive engineer, writer and artist. 

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