Rail Express October 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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a rock and a hard place

THE National Railway Museum occupies something of a tricky position. On the one hand, it is there to collect and preserve key items that allow the story of railways – which is fundamentally linked to the social and economic history of Britain as a whole – to be told to current and future generations. On the other hand, to do so means necessarily including some of the most important locomotives and units, which leads to demands from enthusiasts to get them running again. After all, who wouldn’t want to see and hear the likes of pioneer Class 40 No. D200 or the ‘Deltic’ prototype in action once more. However, operating locos costs money, needs manpower, and puts the vehicle – a valuable museum piece, don’t forget - at risk. The NRM gives…

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report rejects direct nationalisation of future scotrail franchise...

THE high levels of subsidy provided by the Scottish Government to run the ScotRail network has prompted rail unions to propose that the train operating company should be nationalised to deliver higher standards of customer service at lower fares. The idea is that operating profits should be used to reduce fares by an average of 6.5%. However, the calculations are based on out-of-date data because since Abellio took over operations in October 2014, a combination of reduced revenue support payments and higher costs have eliminated any surplus. This in turn has meant Dutch national operator NS, which owns Abellio, has had to provide funds to make up a short fall. The unions also assert that a market-orientated rail policy is undesirable, and the goal of more affordable travel should be pursued instead.…

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testing of transpennine express mk.5 sets begins

TRIAL running of the new CAFbuilt TransPennine Express Mk.5 sets started on August 28 when an appropriately-liveried No. 68020 Reliance left Manchester International depot with set TP02 (Nos. 11502, 12704-06, 12802) as the 3B01/05.16 working to Rugby, this returning as the 3H02/10.17 departure. Bletchley had been planned as the destination for the runs but the train was turned back short because of late running. Next day, the same set visited the northern section of the WCML, working 3C11/05.15 Manchester-Carlisle and 3H12/09.38 return, while the night of August 30/31 featured a Manchester-Stafford-Warrington and return circuit.…

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east coast ‘azuma’ tests hit by lineside interference problem

HITACHI-BUILT IETs for the East Coast route are currently barred from using electric power north of York because of interference with signalling equipment. The Class 800 bi-modes are causing problems with older equipment, and so are restricted to diesel power only until a solution is found. Although they have yet to enter service with LNER – the first diagram is due to be introduced in December – running on diesel means the trains are slower to accelerate and have a lower top speed than when in electric mode. Network Rail said it was working with Hitachi to fix the problem, but initially each was blaming the other. Former Labour transport secretary Lord Adonis said: “They’ve had 10 years to get these signalling issues right.” Current Conservative transport secretary Chris Grayling said there are…

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crossrail start date and hs2 legislation put back

THE start date for Elizabeth Line trains running through London between the Great Eastern and Great Western networks, and thus relieving congestion on the London Underground system, has been put back to the autumn of 2019. Services were originally due to begin in 2017, but a decision was made in October 2010 to push this back by 12 months as a result of a cut in the budget from £15.9 to £14.8 billion, although £600 million was subsequently restored earlier this year to finish the project. The start date of December 2018 for using the central tunnel section has now been further delayed which, according to the official line, is because more time is needed to complete building work and safety tests. The critical issue is the interface between the conventional fixed-block signalling…

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in brief

MNR SECURES EU SHED GRANT THE Mid-Norfolk Railway has been awarded European Union funding for construction of a train shed at Dereham. The unspecified amount is said to cover 80% of the cost of the three-track building, which will be large enough to accommodate nine locos or carriages. The rest of the money has been raised through donations by the railway’s members and visitors. The shed will provide much-needed undercover maintenance facilities, allowing restoration work to continue all year round regardless of the weather. The work could be completed by the end of the 2018. TRACTOR BLOCKS MAIN LINE A POTENTIAL tragedy was narrowly avoided on the evening of August 15 when a large tractor rolled on to the main line at Fitzwilliam, near Wakefield, and blocked the line. Luckily no train was due…