Rail Express February 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

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2 Min
the changing face of freight

PRIVATISATION of British Rail in the mid-1990s saw the bulk of its freight businesses acquired by what became EWS, somewhat nullifying the intention of creating competition between different companies, apart from in a few relatively niche areas. Step forward to today, however, and the situation has changed dramatically. EWS is now DB Schenker, although it can still be regarded as the spiritual rump of British Rail’s freight operation in many ways. Working methods have moved on, and the company was the instigator of the ‘Class 66 revolution’ now standard amongst freight operators – but it still owns many ex-BR locos and is based at the ex-BR ‘super depot’ at Toton. More importantly, many traditional freight flows once operated by EWS/DBS have disappeared over the past two decades, such as countrywide mail traffic,…

5 Min
could there be a return to the ‘big four’?

THE Williams Review of the rail industry has become mired in intense lobbying from a generation of past experts about the future organisation of the network. Those who never wanted or understood the need for the changes that Privatisation brought are pressing for a return to the days of the 1923 Grouping, when the ‘Big Four’ LMS, LNER, GWR, and Southern Railway companies were formed. It is recognised, however, that the reality of devolved Government is likely to result in separate organisations for Scotland, Wales, London and possibly other population centres that would preserve the likes of Merseyrail. The original aim of Grouping was to provide well financed companies that would be able to invest in better services to counter the growth in the use of both private cars and road haulage.…

3 Min
db’s share of rail haulage continues to decline

THE dominant presence in the UK freight market held by DB Schenker, the successor organisation to EWS, has continued to fall. Its operations now account for 38% of total freight tonne kilometres (FTKM) after a 9% fall in activity over the last 12 months to 3.2 billion FTKM. As a result, the size of its traction fleet has reduced to 311 locomotives, but many of these are in store and the core resource is provided by the 161 Class 66 locomotives that remain in the UK after transfers abroad and sales. The 30 Class 67 125mph locomotives, originally acquired by EWS for the Royal Mail contract that was subsequently lost, have seen their duties diminish and two examples have recently been sold. A few Class 60s remain in use, although from…

1 Min
freightliner to take over mendip rail stone operations

FREIGHTLINER has signed a long-term contract with Mendip Rail Ltd to work stone trains from the Somerset quarries, taking over from current operator DB Schenker in November 2019. The deal will also see Freightliner acquire the fleet of eight Mendip Rail Class 59/0 and 59/1 locos Nos. 59001/2/4/5,59101/2/3/4. Mendip Rail is a joint venture between Hanson Aggregates and Aggregate Industries. Under the new deal, Freightliner will haul an expected eight million tons of stone per year, equating to 107,000 wagon-loads, to terminals in London and the South East of England from Hanson and AI quarries in the Mendips. Freightliner’s chief executive officer Gary Long said: “By adding one of the largest bulk haulage contracts in the UK, we are adding to the foundation of our long-term bulk business as we have successfully…

1 Min
colas sells locos to beacon rail

CHANGES at Colas Rail have seen some of its loco fleet acquired by Beacon Rail, while at least some of its Network Rail test train work will be taken over by other operators. The loco sale includes five Class 56s, five Class 66s, two Class 67s and seven Class 70s – but not its older Class 37s – and also includes locos used in Europe. These will be leased back to the company. Meanwhile with DRS, DB Schenker and Freightliner expected to pick up the infrastructure monitoring work, in some cases supplying the crew, Colas No. 37254 was dispatched to South Wales on January 2 for DBS staff refreshers.…

2 Min
in brief

EUROSTAR TO BE PRESERVED IN BELGIUM CLASS 373 power car No. 3106, along with First Class coach number 9 from the same set (No. 731069), were moved by road from Saint Saulve in France to Steenbrugge (near Bruges) in Belgium on November 28. The vehicles will initially be stored at Steenbrugge before going on display at the Train World museum in Brussels. The remaining vehicles from set Nos. 3105/06 will be scrapped at Saint Saulve. ‘CHOPPERS’ IN DOUBT THE future of the DRS fleet of Class 20s is once again in doubt following the end of the 2018 railhead treatment train season, while the winding down of the LU Stock transfers between Derby and London means that other Type 1s are now available. Nos. 20302, 20303 and 20305 were returned to the XHSS…