Rail Express December 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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edwardian splendour

IT’S not often I get to use the word ‘Edwardian’ in this magazine about modern traction, but I was privileged recently to see firsthand the amazing work done returning NER Autocar No. 3170 back into service at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. The importance of this vehicle cannot be overstated. Built in 1903 at a time when steam was still dominant, the Autocar was the first ever to combine internal combustion with a generator and traction motors – the basis for all of today’s diesel locos and units, and thus rightly described as the grandfather of them all. It has been the subject of a mammoth restoration job. No. 3170 was withdrawn way back in 1931 and only survived as the bodyshell was sold to become a holiday home. This…

4 Min
budget confirms rail spending plans

INCLUDED in the Government’s budget announcement on October 29 was a number of rail-related matters, one of the most significant being a £350 million loan to Transport for London to enable the completion of the Crossrail project. This is in addition to the budget for construction work being increased from £14.8 to £15.4 billion announced in July. Extra money is needed because the intention to start running services between Abbey Mill and Paddington using the central section tunnels in December 2018 has been postponed as nine of the 12 stations involved will not be finished in time. More time is also required to test Crossrail’s signalling interfaces as a result of the different technologies being used, with some sections of route controlled by lineside signalling and others by in-cab authority. There is…

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new nr chief says digital railway benefits are ‘oversold’

THE newly-appointed chief executive of Network Rail Andrew Haines has set out his policy intentions at a meeting of the Parliamentary All-Party Rail Group, writes ‘Industry Witness’. The transfer of signalling from trackside to the train will continue with commitment to the digital railway, but he warned the capacity benefits have previously been oversold and headways at major traffic centres are unlikely to be significantly improved. The installation of the system on the East Coast Main Line is seen as an opportunity to demonstrate whether a Public-Private Partnership can form a template for network-wide adoption of the technology. The devolution of decision-making to route directors will continue, which is supported by the regulatory decision to set financial budgets for each route, in effect creating regional infrastructure businesses. The benefit of large projects is…

2 Min
call for great western ‘thunderbird’ locos

THUNDERBIRD rescue locomotives have not previously been necessary on Great Western routes given the operational flexibility of the High Speed Trains that are now starting to be withdrawn. It has been recognised, however, that failures of the replacement Class 800 series rolling stock – which have distributed power systems rather than power cars – will occur and a method to move disabled trains is necessary. Such ‘Thunderbird’ capacity already exists on the East Coast and West Coast Main Lines, and it is inconsistent that the Great Western should not have a similar resource. The case was illustrated following the introduction of new Class 802 IETs on West Country services when the failure of a 2x5-car formation between Exeter and Tiverton Parkway on September 14 resulted in a five-hour delay. There was no…

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in brief

‘TUGS’ FOR SALE DB Cargo has offered three more Class 60s for sale, Nos. 60004, 60014 and 60018, which are all currently stored at Toton and offered ‘sold as seen’ with an undisclosed reserve price. Registrations of interest closed on November 7, after which tender documents were issued to interested parties. The move follows the sale of 20 'Tugs' to Wabtec Rail in August 2017. STRANRAER RECONNECTED RAIL services returned to Stranraer at the start of November after a two-month break caused by the former station hotel at Ayr being deemed a danger to passing trains and passengers. ScotRail said the services were reintroduced following a risk assessment by Network Rail engineers and changes to railway infrastructure. The partial reinstatement sees two services each way at 08.08 and 18.13 from Glasgow Central and 07.00 and…

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terms announced for scope of rail industry review

THE Department for Transport has announced the terms of reference for the forthcoming Rail Review set up as a result of the financial failure of the East Coast franchise, the inability to introduce reliable timetables in May 2018, and the late delivery of projects that now includes the postponement of Crossrail services. The review will be led by Keith Williams, a former chief executive of British Airways, and now his team of expert advisers has been revealed. The DfT representative is Tony Poulter, who chairs the current East Coast franchise team provided as the ‘operator of last resort’. Others appointed are Tom Harris, a former transport minister; Roger Marsh, chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership; and Alice Maynard, a Transport for London board member with expertise in journey requirements…