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The Railway Magazine May 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
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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after the lockdown, so many unknowns

WELCOME to the May issue of The Railway Magazine. What a strange month it has been. Despite the coronavirus ‘lockdown’, many of our readers have still been able to provide images and observations of trains in their locality as a result of a carefully timed exercise by walking or cycling. Thank you for this. Some good things to report: on a personal level, I have used my spare time taking walks and undertaking DIY jobs planned for the summer, ready to get out and travel by rail when more freedom is allowed. In wider news, some model railway shops have – not surprisingly – done strong mail order business! However, what happens post-lockdown is very much an unknown quantity; the cue could come from other countries. The vast reduction of rail services provided an…

1 min.
tgvs being used as ambulance trains

FRENCH Railways (SNCF) has been operating TGV high-speed trains to transport coronavirus patients to cities with spare hospital beds since late March. In early March, the Grand Est region in eastern France saw a major outbreak of coronavirus, as did Paris, with hospitals unable to keep pace with admissions. SNCF has created a special pool of eight TGV Duplex sets to be used nationwide for coronavirus transport, at the request of the Government. The first train ran from Mulhouse and Nancy on March 26, carrying 36 patients on stretchers along with ventilators to hospitals in Angers and Nantes. Others followed to Rennes and St Brieuc, with stations being selected for ease of access by ambulances. The trains have been equipped with emergency generators in case the on-board power supply fails. Each train has been formed…

1 min.
tfl furloughs 7,000 staff

THE slump in Tube, bus and other rail services provided by Transport for London has led to it furloughing 7,000 staff. TfL says this represents 25% of its workforce, with the furlough being for an initial period of three weeks. London’s Transport Commissioner Mike Brown MVO said:“We have significantly cut our costs over recent years, but nevertheless the success of encouraging the vast majority of people to stay at home has seen fares, our main revenue, reduce by 90%.” TfL says the move will save it £15.8million every four weeks. Follow us @railwaymagazine Like us facebook.com/TheRailwayMagazine…

1 min.
‘pacers’ stored at worth valley railway

THE downturn in passengers stemming from the need for essential travel during the coronavirus pandemic has seen the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway used to store Class 144 ‘Pacer’ units. The heritage line is housing 18 of the 23-strong fleet for Northern, and in the process providing a vital income stream when it cannot run passenger services. The only ‘Pacers’ not at the railway are Nos. 144008, 144015, 144018, 144021 and 144023, which are in warm storage at Heaton depot. Two Class 170s were temporarily stored at the line in mid-April. Pictured at Keighley, No. 144017 heads a line of units, with a second line just visible. More units are being stored on the station run round loop. Set No. 144011 has been donated to the railway by Porterbrook and might remain at Worth Valley.…

1 min.
hull trains and grand central suspend services

HULL Trains says ‘unprecedented circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic’ forced it to temporarily suspend all train services from March 30. Despite running a revised timetable, the number of people travelling had dropped significantly since national guidance was issued to stay at home and stop all non-essential travel. However, as an open access operator with no subsidy, revenues from ticket sales are its main income, and by suspending services and furloughing staff reduces its fixed costs. As one of three open access operators, it has not been offered additional financial support from the Government, unlike franchised rail operators. Managing director Louise Cheeseman said it “was a difficult decision but would help to safeguard the future of the business, and they planned to return as soon as possible”. It is a similar situation for Arriva-owned Grand Central,…

1 min.
train manufacturers begin gradual return to work

BOMBARDIER announced it was returning to train manufacturing at its Derby site from April 14 after agreeing revised working practices with trades union representatives. Work at the site had been paused since March 25. Greater space between workers, split shifts and more washing facilities are included in the plan. Bombardier is in the middle of producing ‘Aventra’EMUs for Greater Anglia and South Western Railway. Staff at the Hitachi factory in Newton Aycliffe and at the CAF site in Newport, South Wales, are also back at work after a phased return, but at reduced levels.…