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The Railway Magazine February 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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12 Numéros

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4 min.
it’s about time there was a major rethink on infrastructure and climate change...

The new year has begun much as the old one ended, with HS2 again hitting the headlines and becoming a hot topic in the press and on social media. A decision on the Oakervee report over the project’s future is imminent, and debate over whether HS2 should be built or not has been re-ignited following Lord Berkeley’s critical report. The Government is aiming to remove diesel trains from the network by 2040, but is being pressed to achieve that transition earlier. Whether it is road, rail or air, Government policies on emissions are somewhat disjointed, particularly in the light of cancelling electrification schemes, which although costly, would have a far greater future benefit as well as a long-term impact on emission reductions. Neither is the playing field level when it comes to motoring. Successive…

1 min.
revised devon sea wall plans revealed

NETWORK Rail has unveiled modified plans for changes to the Dawlish to Teignmouth sea wall line in South Devon following an earlier public consultation. NR plans to realign the railway between Parsons Tunnel and Teignmouth to make room for measures to stabilise the steep cliffs above and protect the railway from high seas during extreme weather. The modified scheme sees most of the beach retained but with improved access and amenities for visitors, including new, fully accessible coastal walking routes. The railway alignment at both Parsons Tunnel and at Teignmouth will be retained, along with a realigned, widened coastal footpath. A landward footpath will also be created between Holcombe and Sprey Point with more than 1km of new path providing coastal views. If the changes are accepted by stakeholders during the latest consultation period, which…

1 min.
borders railway passengers pass two million

MORE than two million passengers travelled over the reopened Borders Railway between Edinburgh and Tweedbank in 2018/19. The figures provide further evidence of the success of the project which brought passenger trains back to the northern section of the former ‘Waverley Route’ in September 2015, and saw 1.2m passengers in its first year. Wider use of EMUs by ScotRail on recently electrified routes has, in turn, released more DMUs to strengthen Borders Railway services, reducing overcrowding. The Campaign for Borders Rail (CBR) used the news to press for an extension of the line southwards towards Hawick and Carlisle. With support from Westminster, the Scottish Government is planning to undertake a feasibility study to consider the costs and benefits of rebuilding the railway beyond Tweedbank for both freight and passenger use.…

4 min.
emcl power supply issues add to transpennine’s troubles

TRANSPENNINE Express has been forced to remove a number of trains from the timetable, either in part or completely, until the end of January. It had been due to extend most of its Liverpool to Newcastle services to Edinburgh via the ECML from December. In a message to passengers, TPE managing director Leo Goodwin said: “We have had a number of issues associated with the introduction of our new trains, which caused huge disruption. “To allow our services to recover and to provide some consistency for customers, we are running an amended timetable throughout the next few weeks along our Liverpool to Edinburgh route. “The recent issues have caused a lot of frustration and I fully admit that it was not acceptable.” Mr Goodwin added maintenance backlog and infrastructure issues along with the late delivery…

1 min.
broken rail causes ‘goblin’ line derailment

A BROKEN rail (pictured right) has been revealed as the cause of a derailment which has affected 2½ miles of track between Leyton Midland Road and Walthamstow Queens Road on January 23. The incident on the Gospel Oak to Barking line has caused substantial damage to signalling and other equipment along the route, as well as affecting eight bridges. An investigation has begun by Network Rail, but owing to the severity of the damage, a full schedule of repairs is being finalised, and repairs will take several weeks to complete. A reopening date will depend on the availability of contractors and key supplies. Overground services remain part suspended. NETWORK RAIL…

7 min.
northern and swr in crisis – two others fight to survive

IT HAS been confirmed the Northern franchise could be turned over to an operator of last resort. This follows the current franchising system becoming effectively dead in the water over the past few weeks. Northern’s dire situation was underlined in a written statement by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who said: “On October 16, 2019, I informed the House, through the Transport Select Committee, I had issued a request for a proposal to the current Northern franchisee, Arriva Rail North (ARN) and to the Operator of Last Resort, as the first phase of securing options for the continuation of passenger services on the Northern franchise. “This was triggered by concern over the financial position of ARN. “It has now been confirmed to me from the most recent available financial information that the franchise will only…