Rail Express April 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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GREAT images are akey part of Rail Express, not just for newsworthy items but also more ‘arty’ takes on everyday workings, and we like to champion the cause of railway photography as much as possible – whether it’s taken on a camera phone or a high-end DSLR. So this month we’re featuring Simon McComb’s super-telephoto work – that is shots taken with lenses of focal lengths greater than 300mm – astyle that seems to have been largely overlooked in recent years with the proliferation of digital cameras that have much less powerful lenses. The results speak for themselves (see pages 16-21) and offer a refreshing change from a standard ‘three-quarter’ type of shot. Such lenses are not exactly cheap, of course, although there is a decent secondhand market now where bargains can…

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network rail shake-up sees the return of regions

NETWORK Rail’s chief executive Andrew Haines has announced that a reorganisation of the infrastructure owner will see the return of five regions, within which there will be 13 routes. The reorganised map looks very similar to the former British Rail structure, with the creation of Eastern, London North Western, Wales and Western, Southern and Scotland boundaries. The change will see current headquarters’ responsibilities devolved, including Infrastructure Projects, Group Digital, Safety, and the System Operator function. The latter will be particularly welcome given the failure of centralised train planning, which has been in part due to the loss of former regionally-based skills. The new structure will be phased in, with completion due by 2020. The timescale for individual regions will depend on the appointment of managing directors, for which there is to be…

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‘deltic’ failure mars comeback tour

DESPITE the best efforts of the Deltic Preservation Society in getting No. 55009 Alycidon ready for its booked tour on March 2, the loco sadly failed soon into the journey with a traction motor flashover. The UK Railtours/A1 Steam Locomotive Trust ‘Auld Reekie’ tour ran from Doncaster to the Scottish capital behind steam loco No. 60163 Tornado, with the ‘Deltic’ coming on for the return leg. It departed on time at 17.20, but was 33 minutes late by Drem and 84 minutes late on the approach to Berwick-upon-Tweed, where it was looped and stopped. Rescue came in the form of DB Cargo’s No. 67004, which took the train forward to reach Doncaster two hours late just after midnight. The ‘67’ then hauled the ‘Deltic’ to Burton-on-Trent on March 4. The DPS said…

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northern powerhouse rail reveals strategic plan

THE Government agency Transport for the North expects the use of Northern Powerhouse rail services to grow fourfold over the next 30 years, to reach 760 million journeys annually by 2050. It also expects the decarbonisation of rail operations to be achieved by 2040. There are two aspects to these aspirations – the first being improvements to services using the existing network, and the second being future use of the intended connections with HS2 that will include building a new two-track line to link Liverpool. The longer-term strategy aims to widen the appeal of rail through providing additional services and a network that is easy to navigate, thus enabling wider access to education, training, leisure activities and employment across the North of England. A number of benchmarks have been set for rail…

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rdg promises fares reform

RESEARCH has been carried out among passengers by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents the Train Operating Companies as a single entity, to gauge opinion about the current structure of fares. It comes at a time when the use of traditional season tickets for peak-hour travel is declining, and the RDG has suggested that what is described as the ‘cliff-edge’ difference between peak and off-peak fares should be abolished. Data collected indicates that more regular pricing of fares throughout the day would bring benefits in reducing overcrowding during the shoulder peak, which is generally before 16.30 and after 18.30. This overcrowding is an own goal as a result of a previous policy change, when the unrestricted use of the return part of an outward off-peak ticket was curtailed as a measure…

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in brief

NEW PLATFORMS OPEN AT WAVERLEY EDINBURGH Waverley’s newly-extended platforms 5 and 6 opened for use at the beginning of March. The east side bay platforms have been extended into the station (along a former taxi road, see photo below) to accommodate 10-car Class 800/801 trains. The work involved removing 16,000 tons of material and laying 7,000 tons of ballast for new track. Platform capacity is at a premium at Waverley, and the new bays will free up others for use by higher-frequency services to Glasgow. EMT GETS EXTENSION THE Department for Transport has extended Stagecoach’s East Midlands Trains contract by at least five months to August 2019. The franchise was due to end on March 2, but has been extended to help provide a smooth transition to the next operator, which is currently…