Rail Express September 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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back to the future

FIFTY years ago saw the end of steam on British Railways, with the running of the famous 1T57 ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ on August 11, 1968. Our small tribute to that day is on page 7, with a shot taken from the tour, of the crowds at Liverpool Lime Street and the new order in the form of a new Class 86. Most readers of this magazine were not around then, myself included (just!). But both steam and diesel fans will probably agree the transition period happened too quickly, with steam locos being scrapped with plenty of life left in them, while the rush to diesels introduced more than a few less successful types. We chart those transition years of the 1960s in our pictorial supplement this month (overseas readers will get their…

1 Min
1968 and all that

AUGUST 11, 1968 was the momentous day, 50 years ago now, that British Railways ran its final main line steam service – the famous 1T57 ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ from Liverpool Lime Street to Carlisle and back via Manchester, Blackburn and Settle – ending a process that had taken just over a decade to complete following publication of the 1955 Modernisation Plan. The above photo was taken from 1T57 as it left Liverpool at 09.10 that morning behind ‘Black Five’ No. 45110. A crowd packed the station to see it off, including a policeman (without high visibility clothing) guarding the track at the platform end, but behind the people is the new order in the form of AL6 No. E3146 (later Class 86 Nos. 86017) waiting to leave for Euston. The electric loco…

4 Min
december upgrades postponed

“This will result in the renegotiation of relevant franchise contracts” THE upheaval caused by the extent of timetable changes in May, which even now have still not been fully implemented by Northern and the Govia Thameslink Railway, has brought about a decision to put off further major changes in December across eight franchised operators. These include Great Western Railway, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and South Western Railway. London’s new Elizabeth Line will also be affected, as services were due to start on the Great Western route after commissioning of the core central section. The announcement made on July 9 has wide-ranging consequences as the franchises’ revenue assumptions, which were based on running more services, will be invalidated. This will result in the renegotiation of relevant franchise contracts. The problem has highlighted the inability of the…

3 Min
west of england plan aborted

CONSULTATION carried out by the Department for Transport on the structure of the next Great Western franchise put forward the idea that a new West of England franchise could be created that would be responsible for the operation of main line services using the Berks and Hants route to Devon and Cornwall, as well as local secondary and branch line services. After reviewing the responses, the Government has decided not to proceed with the idea as it was not favoured by local authorities in the South West. For example, Cornwall Council said there was not enough evidence to provide a convincing case that a split of the franchise into smaller units would benefit passengers. The council said it had a very positive relationship with the current franchise holder and, despite being on…

1 Min
first iet to paignton

A Class 800 IET was used on a passenger service to Paignton for the first time on July 28, when nine-car No. 800309 formed the 1C75/08.18 from Paddington and 1A84/13.08 return. GWR’s transformation director Richard Rowland said: “From later this summer, our customers in Devon and Cornwall will see more of these new trains when we introduce our Class 802 versions, which were specifically built to deal with the steep gradients en route to Penzance.” No. 800309 is pictured after arriving at Paignton alongside CrossCountry HST power car No. 43285.…

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in brief

WOLVERTON WORKS TO BE DEMOLISHED A HIGH court ruling on July 30 has paved the way for Wolverton Works to be demolished. Milton Keynes Council had already granted planning permission for 375 homes to be built on the site, but Historic England objected saying it was “very concerned” about the impact on a nearby conservation area. Wolverton is the world’s oldest continually-used railway works, but now it is to be largely flattened to make way for new development. Part of the site will be retained for asmaller railway facility. The current occupier of Wolverton and Springburn Works, Knorr-Bremse Rail Services, announced on August 6 that it was being sold to Germany-based holding company Mutares, which says it buys medium-sized companies in ‘turnaround situations and facilitates their restructuring needs’. 2019 FOR BOLTON ELECTRICS NORTHERN has…