Rail Express May 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
a bold step

THE Science Museum Group has issued its long-awaited review of vehicles in the National Collection, most notably at the National Railway Museum in York, setting out which locos and units will be kept for display or operation (see page 13). The big disappointment for some is that ‘Deltic’ No. 55002 is to be taken off main line duties and put in the museum along with pioneer locos Class 20 No. 8000, Class 31 No. D5500, Class 40 No. D200 and other iconic vehicles. The NRM takes the view that its job is to tell the story of railways, and to do so properly needs all of its key exhibits on display where most people can see them. It is a view this magazine supports and, although seeing the above locos in action…

2 Min
maritime intermodal launched

DB Cargo has signed a long-term agreement with Maritime Transport Ltd to operate a new rail freight operation called Maritime Intermodal. The 10-year deal which started on April 1 sees Maritime take over the day-to-day running of DB’s freight terminals at Trafford Park (Manchester), Birmingham Intermodal Freight Terminal (Birch Coppice) and Wakefield Europort. These will be served by one DB train each day from Southampton, plus a fourth from Felixstowe to Wakefield. Trains will also serve the new East Midlands Gateway rail terminal currently under construction near Castle Donington, Leicestershire. The operation was launched at Wakefield Europort on March 29 when Class 66s Nos. 66005 and 66047 were unveiled in Maritime blue livery with the names Maritime Intermodal One and Maritime Intermodal Two respectively. DB Cargo UK’s chief executive officer Hans-Georg Werner described…

4 Min
new stock delays hit services

THERE is a growing list of new rolling stock which is late entering service due to a variety of operational and safety compliance issues. One factor is that the past approach of building a prototype for testing has been abandoned, with fleet orders being placed for untried types. This is reminiscent of British Railways’ Modernisation Plan error in the 1950s, where large numbers of diesel locomotives required subsequent modification to bring them up to acceptable levels of reliability. The flagship Class 800 IET trainsets that were due to commence LNER services in December 2018 have yet to turn a wheel in revenue earning service, and problems persist with the signalling interface north of York. It is not hard to reflect on the amount of work that was done to test and evaluate…

4 Min
electrification essential to meet carbon-free target

THE overriding Government priority for long-term rail operations in Britain is to eliminate carbon emissions by 2040. As a first step towards this goal, each of the three dominant rolling stock leasing companies has committed to the conversion of rolling stock to provide prototypes for testing. But industry suppliers believe that reducing the cost of electrification is a more realistic solution. The favoured new technology is to provide power from hydrogen cells that supplement batteries to make journeys of sufficient distance viable, and such “HMUs” built by Alstom are already operating successfully in Germany. Eversholt Leasing has made available a Class 321 unit for conversion to a similar specification, although the loading gauge in Britain does not allow sufficient space for the hydrogen cells to be mounted on the roof, which will result…

1 Min
journey numbers continued to grow in 2018

RAIL journeys continued to grow in 2018, with statistics published by the Office of Rail and Road showing there were 1.74 billion journeys for the calendar year and an increase of 2.9% from October to December compared to 2017. The dominant area for growth was London and the South East, where a 4.5% rise means that 69% of all journeys in Britain now take place there. Rail usage in the regional sector fell by 1%, which is almost certainly the result of the long-standing dispute that disrupted services operated by the Northern franchise during the period. Demand for longer distance travel was also subdued with an increase of 1%, far below the assumptions made in franchise bids to operate such services. Passengers continue to prefer to buy tickets on a ‘turn up…

2 Min
in brief

FIRST WALES ‘FLEX’ TRANSPORT for Wales took delivery of its first bi-mode Class 769 ‘Flex’ unit on March 14, when No. 769002 (formerly No. 319002) was released from Brush, Loughborough where it had been since November 2018. Still carrying Thameslink colours, it was moved by No. 57312 to Cardiff Canton. It is the first of nine units which are being rebuilt for use in South Wales until 2023, with the first examples planned to enter service in May this year – although a ‘769’ had still not operated under power on Network Rail tracks by the end of March. They will initially be used to release Class 150s for disability modifications and then to enable the withdrawal of TfW’s Class 142/143 ‘Pacers’. WARLEY AUTOCAR NER railcar No. 3170, which was the world’s first…