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Rail Express January 2019

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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much to savour

THIS is the final issue produced in 2018, and what a year it has been for diesel and electric enthusiasts. Standout highlights for me include our Class 50 tour to Carlisle and the Cumbrian Coast in spring, and then the Severn Valley Railway’s magnificent ‘Hoover’ gala in autumn – who would have thought we would have so much ‘50’ action a quarter of a century after they were withdrawn by British Rail. GBRf’s four-day marathon tour around the country was another unforgettable event, plus at the other end of the spectrum was the return to service recently of the NER 1903 Autocar – the stunning restoration and importance of which has now quite rightly been recognised by the Heritage Railway Association (see page 9). This time of year is one of…

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gtr keeps thameslink at a cost

THE Department for Transport has judged there is little to gain by removing the Thameslink franchise from Govia, which is 65% owned by UK transport company Go-Ahead, on the grounds that it would cause further and undue disruption for passengers. The DfT has, however, imposed a fine of £15 million, which is claimed to be the equivalent of the operating profit this year. A similar amount has also been paid out to date for passenger compensation under the delay-repay regime. CUSTOMER SERVICE The cash is to be used to strengthen customer service activities, which were lacking at the time of the timetable disruption in May when there was little information about trains that were expected to run. There was a situation at King’s Cross and St Pancras stations where staff had no idea…

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new ombudsman created

A NEW rail ombudsman has been created with the appointment of a third-party company, Dispute Resolution Ombudsman, by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) on behalf of Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies. Customers unhappy with the outcome of their complaint to a rail company will now be able to get a ruling from experts in consumer rights. The ombudsman will go one step further than the present passenger watchdogs, Transport Focus and London Travelwatch, as decisions made will be binding and rail companies will have to take action if failings are identified. The ombudsman will only deal with complaints when efforts to resolve them in other ways have failed. The RDG has said that 99% are dealt with by the TOCs without the need for an appeals process, although this figure…

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crossrail funding package agreed

THE Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority, and Transport for London announced on December 10 that an additional financing package worth up to £1.7 billion has been agreed with the Government to complete the Crossrail project and open the Elizabeth line to passengers as quickly as possible. The new east-west line under London had been due to open in December 2018, but a few months before this date it was put back to autumn 2019, although this date is now also in doubt after engineers found that more work is required to complete the infrastructure so that full-scale testing can begin. FINANCE REVIEW Core elements, including the stations and the fit out of the tunnels, are at varying stages of completion – plus the complex signalling systems and integration need further testing. Initial…

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‘generational opportunity’ for wales

THE Welsh Government believes the new Wales & Borders franchise represents a once in a generation chance to redesign and repurpose the railway network in Wales. A £5 billion investment is headlined by a £700 million electrification project for the Core Valley Lines to Treherbert, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney and Coryton, where the infrastructure ownership will be transferred from Network Rail to the Welsh Government. In addition, the scope of the network will be increased by light rail operations using tram-trains in the Cardiff Bay area. £800 million is also allocated to the provision of new rolling stock, with further funding for at least five new stations. Connectivity between population centres was a strand running throughout a Welsh Transport Conference organised in Cardiff on November 29, when the lack of express services offering…

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ner autocar wins major heritage awards

THE NER 1903 Electric Autocar Trust has won two major prizes in the Heritage Railway Association’s 2019 Awards for the stunning restoration of Autocar No. 3170 (see last issue). The Trust has won the Modern Traction Award, which is sponsored by this magazine, and also the HRA’s prestigious Manisty Award for Excellence, which is only given to truly outstanding projects. Despite entering service in 1903, No. 3170 was the first to combine an internal combustion engine with a generator and traction motors, thus becoming the first example of what we today call modern traction. Its restoration from just a bodyshell has been remarkable, having the look and feel of the original despite having to conform to modern safety standards using ‘upcycled’ parts from NIR trains, HSTs, Class 08s and others. The HRA’s other…

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