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The Railway Magazine

October 2019

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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editor’s comment

NEWS the Isle of Wight is to get a £26million investment in its rail network is very welcome – even if it has been a long time coming. The investment will feature Vivarail ‘D Trains’, and assurance has been given they will fit through Ryde Tunnel! Planned infrastructure improvements means the line will eventually have a balanced 30-minute service, with the retention of the third rail, permitting the new trains to provide a substantial improvement over their 80-year-old counterparts now definitely on their last legs. Having ridden the ‘D Train’ several times elsewhere, it’s hard to believe they date from 1978, and the reworking of Vivarail’s creation, together with its versatile traction options, along with the numerous interior design options, is a remarkable piece of vision and innovation. Local passengers are expected to embrace…

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time for britain to get serious about tackling emissions

WHEN the French opened the LGV Est high-speed line in 2007, it led to a substantial cut in flights between Paris and Strasbourg. Next year, KLM will replace a Brussels to Amsterdam flight with a high-speed train. It could lead to other short journeys being switched to rail, too. The journey time for rail is double what it is for a flight, but KLM’s decision is a great step for rail and cutting carbon emissions, and passengers won’t have to face the check-in and security rigmarole on top of a journey to the airport, with its rip-off parking charges. What’s more, travellers are beginning to look at their own carbon footprints, with many not only switching to rail, but liking the relaxation, too. While HS2 will always have its critics, in time rail could…

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railway magazine

EDITORIAL Editor: Chris Milner Deputy editor: Gary Boyd-Hope Consultant editor: Nick Pigott Senior correspondent: Ben Jones Designer: Tim Pipes Picture desk: Paul Fincham and Jonathan Schofield Publisher: Tim Hartley Production editor: Sarah Wilkinson Sub-editor: Nigel Devereux Editorial assistant: Jane Skayman Classic Traction News: Peter Nicholson Operations News: Ashley Butlin Narrow Gauge News: Cliff Thomas Metro News: Paul Bickerdyke World News: Keith Fender ADVERTISING Group advertising manager: Sue Keily Advertising: Craig Amess PUBLISHING Subscription manager: Paul DeaconCirculation manager: Steve O’HaraMarketing manager: Charlotte ParkPublishing director: Dan SavageCommercial director: Nigel Hole PRINT AND DISTRIBUTIONS Printed by: William Gibbons & Son, Wolverhampton Compiled by Chris Milner Consultant editor Nick Pigott Design Kelvin Clements, Tim Pipes, Justin Blackamore Reprographics Jonathan Schofield, Michael Baumber Sub-editor Nigel Devereux Editorial Assistant Sarah Wilkinson Group production editor Tim Hartley Production manager Craig Lamb Publisher Dan Savage Commercial director Nigel Hole Business development director Terry Clark Managing director Brian Hill Chief executive Ian Fisher…

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no greater anglia ‘aventras’ before 2020

GREATER Anglia (GA) has confirmed it will not be able to introduce its Class 720 ‘Aventra’ EMUs before the end of 2019. Production and testing of the new trains is running significantly behind schedule after Bombardier experienced delays with the introduction of Crossrail Class 345s and London Overground Class 710s. However, the ‘720s’ are also suffering from software issues affecting their Train Control Management System (TCMS), which is responsible for safety critical equipment, including braking systems. The latest version of the software was expected to be installed and tested in mid-September. If that works as hoped, main line testing could start at the end of the year, or possibly in early 2020. Bombardier has been forced to draft in additional staff from other parts of its business to assist Derby in solving the issues with…

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Investigation after two trains in same section at Romney THE Rail Accident Investigation Branch is conducting an enquiry into a serious operating incident at the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, Kent, on August 28. A train from Dungeness to Hythe left Romney Sands station and entered the single-line section to New Romney. However, a train from Hythe to Dungeness was in the same section, with the two travelling towards each other. The trains came to a stand about 316 metres apart. RAIB has undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances, and will publish a safety report later in the year. RFID technology for Network Rail NETWORK Rail is rolling out a system of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and readers to help it keep track of rolling stock using its infrastructure. The CoreRFID system automatically identifies rolling…

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university of birmingham leases hst as r&d test bed

PORTERBROOK has leased an HST set to the University of Birmingham for research and development works into a variety of railway applications. The former GWR set is one of a number stored at Long Marston, and will now be used to test and develop a range of digital and decarbonisation innovations on a highly flexible rolling stock platform. By using the HST as a research platform the University of Birmingham can accelerate its research into alternative power sources for trains with more demanding duty cycles, such as long-distance passenger or freight operations. One of the power cars is No. 43056, renumbered to 43000. The move follows the successful proof of concept of the UK’s first hydrogen train – HydroFLEX – based on a Class 319, which ran for the first time in June…