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The Railway Magazine January 2020

The Railway Magazine has been published since 1897 and is now the UK's best-selling general interest rail title. Every month, The RM provides enthusiasts and professionals with authoritative and informed news coverage of the following: - Network Rail and the train operating companies - Locomotives, multiple units, carriages and wagons - Steam, heritage and the preservation world, inc narrow gauge- Metro and underground systems - In addition, the magazine carries frequent items of overseas interest. The Railway Magazine is also renowned for its wide-ranging and innovative feature coverage, encompassing up-to-the-minute developments as well as historical, nostalgic and foreign subjects. The magazine is also renowned for its award-winning photographic content.

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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2 min.
is the industry really putting passengers first?

INSIDE the Network Rail headquarters is a sign which says Putting Passengers First. This acts as a reminder that NR wants to embed a customer service mindset in its staff, and ensure a better focus on performance, therefore putting the passenger’s experience at the very heart of what it does. While welcome and laudable, because of failings within train operating companies is ‘putting the passenger first’ actually working? The start of the new timetable has been marred by cancellations or services being terminated short of destination because of staff shortages, sickness and on-going training on new stock. For too long passengers have been promised new and better trains, but delays introducing new trains, allied with crew training delays and poor implementation planning, the industry has been dragging its feet for too long, failing to…

1 min.
a year of change – out with the old... and in with the new

2019 will certainly go down as a year of change, and for many people it has signified the end of an era. Gone are the LNER HSTs, the GWRs long-distance HSTs, ScotRail’s Class 314s, and big inroads are being made into the ‘Pacer’ and Class 315 fleets, in the move to disability compliant trains. While progress introducing new trains is not being made as fast as some might like because of technical problems and driver training issues, we’ve seen the ‘Azumas’, ‘Paragons’, TPE’s ‘Nova 1/2/3’ trains, Vivarail Class 230, CAF Class 195 and 331, the Mk5 sleeper carriages, Stadler Class 755 and Bombardier Class 710s all enter traffic, bringing some improvement to the problem of overcrowding. But for 2020, the focus of the industry has to be on getting more new trains into…

2 min.
lifetime hra achievement awards for bob meanley and richard croucher

TWO stalwarts with more than 100 years of heritage experience between them have each been awarded The Railway Magazine Lifetime Achievement award for services to railway preservation in the annual Heritage Railway Association awards. The recipients are Bob Meanley, of Tyseley Locomotive Works, and Richard Croucher, from the Great Western Society. Bob’s hands-on involvement in preservation began in the mid-1960s when No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth was initially based at Ashchurch after being bought from BR. Next came involvement with the NRM’s‘D11’4-4-0 No. 506 Butler-Henderson and SR 4-6-0 No. 850 Lord Nelson, and he remains the only person still alive who has driven GNR Stirling‘Single’4-2-2 No. 1. He was the engineer involved with the mainline operations of ‘Jubilee’No. 5690 Leander in the early ’80s, and also instrumental in the development of Tyseley Locomotive Works as…

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nominations for other individual awards, for which the winners will be announced at hra’s annual dinner in birmingham on february 8, are:

The Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement: North Staffordshire Rolling Stock Restoration Trust (The Knotty Trust), for the restoration of NSR Brake Third No. 3 and the creation of a three-coach heritage train Midland & Great Northern Joint Railway Society, restoration of Great Eastern Railway Brake Third No. 853 Great Central Railway’s Quorn Wagon & Wagon, Test Car No. 2 Scottish Railway Preservation Society, Glasgow & South Western Railway Passenger Brakevan No. 122 Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust, LMSR ‘Stove R’ van No. 2886. The John Coiley Locomotive Engineering Award: Avon Valley Railway, for the Fry’s Sentinel restoration Mid-Hants Railway/Urie Locomotive Society Ltd, extensive 18-year overhaul of S15 No. 506 Quainton Railway Society/Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, restoration of No. 6989 Wightwick Hall North Yorkshire Moors Railway, restoration of the unique single-chimneyed BR ‘9F’…

2 min.
network rail fights back against cable theft as scrap prices soar

NETWORK Rail has upped its game in the fight against scrap metal thieves following the price of copper having increased substantially in recent months. Rising prices several years ago led to changes in 2013, preventing cash sales of scrap metal, as well as a local authority licencing scheme, but dealers have found a workaround. Speaking to The RM, James Nattrass, Network Rail’s director of incident management and operational security, explained how the infrastructure owner had adopted a greater focus on its operations, with greater emphasis on security around engineering works and planned possessions, while working with private security contractors and the BTP to ensure plans were aligned. Mr Nattrass added: “While not being complacent, we’ve seen significant signs of success, and for period 9, cable theft is 60% down on the previous period,…

3 min.
west coast looks forward with avanti

NEW trains, more services and a better customer experience are the priorities for Avanti West Coast (AWC), which replaced Virgin Trains on December 8. First-Trenitalia’s West Coast Partnership joint venture will operate the country’s busiest inter-city railway until March 31, 2031, during which time it will also become the shadow operator for the first phase of High Speed 2 (HS2) services between Euston and Birmingham. West Coast Partnership Development will design, develop and mobilise operations for the new railway working with HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport, while Avanti will handle the day-today operation of the WCML. Avanti, which means ‘Let’s Go’ or ‘Forward’ in Italian, has been chosen to symbolise progress and movement, while the new triangular logo represents the three geographic points of a network serving England, North Wales and…