Rail Express August 2018

RAIL EXPRESS is Britain's favourite modern rail enthusiast title. Undoubtedly the best for modern traction photography, the magazine keeps readers informed and entertained with undiluted coverage of Britain's railways in the diesel and electric era. First produced in 1996, RE has set a new standard for the hobby, with a clean design, high quality paper and the best reproduction. January 2008 saw the magazine relaunched in an innovative 'supersize' format, showing off the ground-breaking contents to the best advantage. Every issue includes news and analysis covering the present day railway scene, plus the latest preservation developments. Also inside: RAIL EXPRESS Modeler - Diesel & Electric era modeling magazine

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locos back in fashion

THOSE that were around before the turn of the century will likely remember a time of widespread diesel loco-haulage. In fact they were pretty much everywhere until the mid-1980s and the ‘Sprinter’ revolution, when second generation DMUs began to replace traditional hauled stock on many long-distance routes. But it was not until 2002, when CrossCountry withdrew its last loco diagrams, that a nationwide network finally came to an end. Since then there has slowly been something of a revival – such as the Arriva workings between North and South Wales; the former Wrexham & Shropshire’s trains, which morphed into Chiltern’s Main Line workings; Greater Anglia’s ‘short set’; and Northern’s Cumbrian diagrams. Very soon now we will have the prospect of loco-hauled sets entering service across the North of England with TransPennine Express.…

3 Min
crosscountry revamp plan to combat overcrowding

“The return of loco-hauled stock to TPE may be a pointer to more suitable resources for West Country services” A NEW CrossCountry franchise is to be awarded with operations commencing in December 2019, and the Department for Transport has commenced public consultation about the future pattern of train services. The main challenge is to counter overcrowding, which is caused by two factors. One is that passengers often use long-distance services for short distance journeys as they are quicker than the alternative stopping trains, and the other is the large summer peak in travel to holiday destinations. The use of CrossCountry services for leisure purposes is its largest market with 64% of users; commuting makes up 24% and business travel 13%. Some 40 million passengers are carried annually, which is 28% higher than…

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gnwr to use mk.4s on west coast

GREAT North Western Railway has been given the go-ahead to run open access services between Euston and Blackpool North. The company will run six return trains on weekdays, five on Saturdays and four on Sundays. It will use four trainsets formed of a Class 91+six Mk.4s+DVT displaced from the East Coast Main Line by Hitachi IETs. Rights have been given from May 2019 to December 2026 – ending just before HS2 is due to start operations. Virgin Trains currently operates four return trips between Euston and Blackpool, meaning there will now be up to 10 trains a day to and from the Lancashire resort. GWNR says it will differentiate its service with a different calling pattern (Milton Keynes Central, Nuneaton, Preston, Kirkham & Wesham and Poulton-le-Fylde) and discounted fares in both First…

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more wales and borders plans revealed

MORE details have emerged about the future rolling stock to be provided by KeolisAmey during the new 15-year Wales and Borders franchise, which begins on October 14. There will be something old and something new, but mostly the latter. To list the old, Mk.4 coaches displaced from LNER by Hitachi IETs will be transferred in for the North-South Express service, which is to have three rakes of four vehicles. Twelve Class 170 DMUs are also to be acquired for the Ebbw Vale line, which will come from Greater Anglia when they are displaced by new rolling stock, and there will be five additional single-car Class 153s transferred from GWR for use on rural services. NEW TRAIN ORDERS A partial solution for the low-cost replacement of ‘Pacers’ has seen a commitment to acquire five…

2 Min
in brief

HYDROGEN-POWERED ‘321’ ALSTOM and Eversholt Rail are to convert a Class 321 EMU to run on hydrogen, with entry to service expected by 2022. This matches the plans Alstom has to introduce hydrogen-powered units to Germany. The ‘321’ will be fitted with gas tanks, the hydrogen combining with oxygen to produce electricity that will charge fuel cells. Eversholt owns 107 four-car Class 321s operated by Greater Anglia and Northern, but all are due to go off-lease by the end of 2019. SCOTRAIL TO GET DEDICATED BIKE AND LUGGAGE CARRIAGES FIVE Class 153 units are to be transferred to ScotRail to carry bulky luggage, camping equipment and bikes on the scenic West Highland route. The single cars are expected to be formed in the centre of Class 156 sets and will be deployed on…

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east midlands changes ahead

THE invitation to tender for the next East Midlands franchise, which will commence in August 2019, was published by the Department for Transport on June 7. The main problem faced by the three remaining bidders – Stagecoach (the current operator), Arriva, and Abellio after a bid proposed by a consortium made up of First Group and Trenitalia failed to materialise – will be what rolling stock to use. Previous assumptions that the route would be electrified beyond Bedford to reach Nottingham and Sheffield were abandoned by the Government in 2017 due to rising cost estimates and the transfer of express services to HS2 in 2033. The extension of wiring to Corby was retained, which will allow a new hourly semi-fast service to be established from December 2020 using EMUs. The intention of these…