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The Railway Magazine - June 2019

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A gap in the crowds provides an opportunity to capture three of the final four GWR HSTs at Paddington on May 18-Nos. 43002, 43185 and 43172 Harry Patch. The fourth power car was hidden by 43172 as it stopped marginally short. 

Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ back after 60 years, GWR InterCity 125s go out in style, Overground ‘710s’ enter service, Tim Shoveller switches from Stagecoach to Network Rail, Virgin calls for compulsory reservations on long-distance routes, RDG proposes ‘SRA Mk2’, LNER ‘ Azuma’ debut. 


MAIN IMAGE: LNER’s Class 800 bi-mode ‘Azuma’ trains entered passenger service on May 14 and will gradually filter into service over the coming months. On the first day, No.800108 approaches Grantham during a driver training run from York to Peterborough. 

INSERT 1: Back after 60 years- Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ steams again. 

INSERT 2: GWR pulls out all the stops for Paddington HST farewell. 


70 Steam & Heritage  

North Yorks Moors win big lottery grant, three ‘Manors’ for West Somerset, Tyseley relaunches ‘Bloomer’ project and confirms main line future for ‘Pannier’ trio, Corwen project on schedule, Raven ‘Q6’ back in NER livery.  

76 Industrial 

78 Steam Portfolio 

80 Irish 

82 Narrow Gauge 

84 Heritage Trams 

86 Metro 

88 Network 

90 Freight 

92 Classic Traction  

96 Classic Traction Portfolio 

98 World 

100 Railtours 

104 Traction & Stock 

CAF starts work on West Midlands DMUs, ‘172s’ debut on Nuneaton-Leamington, LSL acquires two Class 73/0s, Porterbrook ‘319’ Innovation Hub, SWR Class 442s delayed.  

107 Stock update 

108 Traction Portfolio 

111 Operations  




14 Up & Down lines 

14 Railways in Parliament  

30 Reviews  

54 Subscription Offer 

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62 Readers’ Platform 

64 Panorama 

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

68 From the RM Archives 

118 Heritage Diary  

129 Reader Services  

130 Crossword and Where Is It? 




16 Britain’s New Trains – Part 1 

In the first of a new series reviewing the many new train fleets now entering services, Chris Milner assesses the LNER ‘Azuma’ and London Northwestern Class 230 

22 1960s Railtour with a difference  

Keith Farr takes a nostalgic look back at locomotive performance on some classic Railtours of the late BR steam era.  

32 The South Tynedale Railway (STR) 

Built on the trackbed of the NER’s Alston branch, the STR is England’s highest narrow-gauge railway and has ambitions to bring steam back to Haltwhistle.  

38 Made of Stone 

Ben Jones takes a rare look inside Britain’s largest guarry, at Tunstead in Derbyshire, and discovers the role played by rail in distributing its products.  

42 A Railway in Barbados Again 

Keith Fender and Glen Beadon look at the history of railways on this Caribbean island and how narrow-gauge steam has returned after an 80-year gap.  

48 We regret the delay to your train… 

There’s reason for every delay to a train. Phil Marsh explains how the Delay Attribution Board works to adjudicate on more complex cases.

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