Rail Express March 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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many a slip...

THE big news as we closed for press was that Class 50 No. 50017 Royal Oak had been sold by Boden Rail Engineering to the Great Central Railway. This followed a nervous few days in which the loco had been threatened with scrap if a buyer could not be found quickly after a previously arranged sale had fallen through. There were those who believed the loco could never be scrapped, but sadly there have been all too many occasions in railway preservation where the unthinkable has actually happened. Numerous Class 31s, 37s and others are no longer with us, despite once being in the ‘safety’ of preservation – and there are plenty of other Class 50s around, so arguably it would have made logical sense to break it up for spares. Happily,…

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east-west rail identifies route alignments

DESIGN plans for an extension of the Oxford-Bicester route to Bletchley and Bedford were finalised and delivered to Parliament in 2018 to obtain the Transport and Works Order necessary for construction to begin. This year will see the planning focus shift to the section of East-West Rail (which aims to reopen the full length of the former ‘Varsity Line’) beyond Bedford to Cambridge, which provides a greater challenge because it is not possible to use all of the former track bed as a number of developments have been built on the trackbed since it closed in 1967. FIVE ALTERNATIVES The need to find an alternative route has resulted in East-West Rail providing five alternatives as part of a consultation process. All of the options will see a connection with the Hitchin-Cambridge line in…

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plans for privately funded projects are rejected

THE Government has declined to support a number of rail investment proposals that would have relied on private, rather than public, funding. In summer 2018, the Department for Transport put out a call for rail investment ideas that would be financially credible without Government support. The aim was for the rail industry to benefit from higher investment than would otherwise be possible from taxpayer funds and fare revenues. The involvement of private sector promoters was also expected to result in greater innovation that results in lower costs. There was a strong response to the scheme, with the DfT receiving 30 submissions. These are currently still being assessed, but some have already been turned down. REJECTED Among the rejected projects is the Heathrow Southern initiative, which is an eight-mile link between the airport’s Terminal 5…

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boden rail ‘50’ sold to great central

THE Great Central Railway has bought Class 50 No. 50017 Royal Oak from Boden Rail. The sale of the ‘Hoover’, minus its main line running safety systems, was completed on February 1, ending a nervous few days in which the loco had been threatened with scrapping. Royal Oak, one of two Class 50s owned by Boden Rail along with No. 50050 Fearless, was put up for sale on January 21. A statement from the company said: “Due to business commitments, and to keep investing in No. 50050 (which includes generators being overhauled) and the return to service of No. 37240 (which will have its own role soon), we can no longer support No. 50017, especially with space constraints at Nottingham Eastcroft. “The locomotive can either be sold complete with safety systems for a…

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in brief

TRAMS TO GET AUTO BRAKING SYSTEM TRANSPORT for London has announced its fleet of Tramlink vehicles will be fitted with an automatic braking system designed to bring a moving tram to a controlled stop if it exceeds the track speed limit. This follows the fatal accident in November 2016 when excessive speed caused a tram to overturn on a sharp bend at Sandilands, Croydon, killing seven passengers and injuring 62 others. The braking system is described as the first of its kind in the UK and will be installed by Engineering Support Group Limited. It will operate alongside the driver protection system that alerts to distraction and fatigue, which has been in use since September 2017. Automatic braking was one of the recommendations set out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch following the…

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passenger satisfaction falls

THERE was a sharp decline in the rating of a number of Train Operating Companies according to the latest National Passenger Survey results, which cover the period from September 1-November 16. Overall, 79% of passengers were satisfied with their journey, with 80% approving of the station facilities, and the train service rated at 76% satisfaction. Services on the Great Northern route out of King’s Cross/St Pancras saw the lowest level of satisfaction, with a rating of 68%, a decline of 9% compared to the previous survey, which is a reflection of the slow recovery from the disruption that followed the disastrous May 2018 timetable change. Many services on the route to Cambridge and Peterborough are now formed of trains running through the Thameslink core section and, as well as planned cancellations that have…