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Rail Express November 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

Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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2 Min
what a year for ‘50s’!

THE first of the Fifties, No. D400, rolled out of English Electric’s Vulcan Foundry in October 1967, with each of the subsequent 49 locos following every week or so after that – meaning that the past 12 months have been the 50th anniversary of the class, which has been marked in a number of different ways. First, there was a gathering of seven locos back at Old Oak Common in September last year. Then a number of railtours have run – not least ‘The Caledonian’, supported by our sister title The Railway Magazine, and ‘The Cumbrian Hoovers’ supported by Rail Express. And now the year has ended with the greatest gathering of the fleet since BR days. Of the 18 that survive today, 11 came together for the Severn Valley Railway’s Class…

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3 Min
svr stages a glorious class 50 gala

MONTHS of hard work and planning paid off at the start of October when the Severn Valley Railway staged its three-day Class 50 Golden Jubilee gala. The event bookended 12 months of celebrations that began with the Old Oak Common depot open day on September 2 last year, where seven Class 50s were on display. Cooperation between various owners headed by the Class 50 Alliance meant that 11 ‘50s’ gathered at Kidderminster on October 3 – more than a fifth of the original fleet of 50 and nearly two-thirds of the surviving 18 locos. This was also the largest gathering in preservation of any one class of loco – whether diesel, electric or steam. All 11 locos took part in a photoshoot at Kidderminster depot that evening, before the main gala got…

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1 Min
a fabulous feast of ‘50s’!

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4 Min
government launches ‘root and branch’ review of rail industry

AN independent investigation into the structure of the rail industry is to be carried out by a panel led by Keith Williams, a former chief executive of British Airways, which will also include industry experts and stakeholders. One aim is to counter the widely held public view that nationalisation offers a quick fix to providing reliable rail services at lower prices. The review follows the interim report by Professor Stephen Glaister, chair of the Office of Rail and Road, into the causes of the recent timetable disruption. This revealed a lengthy list of deficiencies that were not identified by Network Rail, the Department for Transport, or the train operators concerned. A ‘root and branch’ review is promised that is tasked with finding answers to improve train service reliability and improve value for…

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3 Min
orr apportions widespread blame for timetable chaos

AN interim report by the Office of Rail and Road into the timetable disruption earlier this year has heavily criticised Network Rail and the Department for Transport for poor decision making during the planning process that prevented the train operators from organising operational resources to run trains. In turn, Northern and the Govia Thameslink Railway were judged to have failed to have contingency planning in place that provided the information that passengers needed. The report was published in September and revealed that the timings and stopping patterns of 46% of national services were changed in the timetable due to start on May 20. The reality was that the volume of change was too great for the resources available once replanning had to take place. For the train planning process to cope with…

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4 Min
in brief

GWR ‘802s’ BEAT DFT ‘800s’ GREAT Western Railway’s Class 802s, which feature software that allows greater use of the available diesel power compared with the earlier Class 800 cousins, made their appearance on scheduled passenger services from late August, and Railway Performance Society technical officer Dr David Stannard estimates they are about 20% better. However, after analysing data from RPS members David Ashley and Sean Emmett, he is also satisfied that the units have been outperforming their Class 800 cousins under electric power. It had been believed that all IET variants were operating to a DfT formula that limits acceleration to certain standards, but the Class 802s are exceeding even those expectations. Class 802 performance should be placed in context, however. They are still failing to match HST characteristics on banks such…