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The Railway Magazine March 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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3 min.
hs2 project will need diligent cost and project management

CONFIRMATION HS2 is definitely going ahead will be seen by RM readers as both good and bad news, depending on your point of view. What is clear is HS2 will provide the springboard for increasing rail travel to levels never seen before. Marketed properly – which hasn’t been the case until recently – and HS2 has the capability of winning over more air and road users as well as cutting pollution. It is merely one of a number of solutions to the climate emergency, and while the arguments continue over possible costs, even at an oft quoted £100billion, the outlay is less than is spent on the NHS in a year – and HS2 is a project costed over many years. Even though Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given HS2 a green light,…

1 min.
complex coupling problems: is this really progress?

WHILE we often criticise British Rail for what it did, or in some cases didn’t do, when it came to locomotive and unit couplings, things tended to be simple, and in emergencies, the good old screw coupling often came to the rescue. Now it’s more far complex. The introduction of many new trains, with different couplings, has created a situation where rescue other than by the same type of train is proving very difficult. It has, in one extreme case, led to substantial delays because rescue units don’t have adaptor couplings, or other technical issues prevent the brakes being released. Progress, eh?…

3 min.
storms bring flooding, landslips and disruption to rail services

SEVERE weather, including high winds and torrential rain, brought widespread disruption to the UK’s railways over two weekends in February. High winds on successive weekends from storms Ciara and Dennis forced Network Rail and train operators to introduce speed restrictions and emergency timetables, with many TOCs urging passengers not to travel if possible. The situation largely returned to normal after the storms had passed, but the sheer volume of rain led to some lines being closed due to flood damage or landslips. Wales and the Borders region was badly affected by flooding in mid-February, with the Aberdare, Treherbert and Ebbw Vale lines in South Wales closed for several days for repairs, along with the Abergavenny to Hereford route and the Central Wales Line. The Conwy Valley Line was washed out for the third time…

1 min.
italian high-speed rail derailment kills two

TWO people were killed and 27 injured, some seriously, when an Italian Railways (Trenitalia) ‘Frecciarossa’ (Red Arrow) type ETR1000 high-speed train derailed on the high-speed line between Milan and Bologna, near the village of Livraga, on February 6. The train from Milan to Salerno was the first southbound train of the day and accident investigators believe the derailment was caused by an incorrectly set turnout, leading the train to attempt to leave the main line at 292kph. Exactly why the points were incorrectly set – and why the ETCS signalling system did not detect this – is now being investigated, but local prosecutor Domenico Chiaro said at a news conference the focus was that ‘human error’ could be linked to the maintenance work. The derailment occurred next to passing loops and a maintenance…

1 min.
merger for industry giants alstom and bombardier?

ALSTOM confirmed on February 17 it was in discussions to buy the rail engineering business of competitor Bombardier and had signed a memorandum of understanding. The value of Bombardier is said to be between €5.8billion and €6.2bn. After the failure of the planned Siemens/Alstom merger, blocked by the EU Commission in February 2019, it seems unlikely an Alstom Bombardier merger would be any more welcome to regulators in Europe, where the majority of both companies’ business is conducted. This is particularly true in France, where the two companies own almost all the main rail engineering factories in the country. They are also among the biggest manufacturers in the UK as well as Germany and Italy. However, unlike Siemens, which is a major industrial group of companies, both Alstom and Bombardier are smaller and much…

3 min.
northern franchise to be run by operator of last resort

JUST days after the last issue of The RM had gone to press, the appointment by the Department for Transport (DfT) of an Operator of Last Resort was made to take over running services on the Northern network from March 1. Staff will transfer to the public sector operator on their existing terms and conditions, and no jobs will be lost. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps had said in the previous month the franchise was no longer financially sustainable. Mr Shapps said:“For too long, millions of rail passengers in the north of England have had to start and end their working day facing cancellations and delays. “Some stations, particularly on Sundays, have been left without trains for hours on end. “It’s no surprise passengers have lost trust in the north’s rail network. The service provided has…