Rail Express June 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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long rock: long way, but worth it

I MUST begin this month with thanks to Great Western Railway, Network Rail, GBRf and everyone else involved with staging the open day at Long Rock depot, Penzance, in mid-April. Travelling down by train, and taking the opportunity to catch as many of GWR’s last remaining full-length HST diagrams as possible before they end in May (but more of that next month), I was reminded just how far away Penzance can feel – not least because the near 80 miles from Plymouth still take around two hours to cover by rail. But that is not meant to be a negative in any way. It is a fantastic journey, one well worth making, travelling through stunning scenery and with much to savour from a rail enthusiast’s point of view – such as the…

4 Min
abellio takes over east midlands

A NEW East Midlands franchise has been awarded to Abellio after the two other bidders Stagecoach and Arriva were disqualified as they refused to meet Government proposals for reducing a deficit of up to £6 billion in the Railway Pension Scheme. The eight-year contract will start on August 18. The issues about dealing with the pension fund deficit are disputed by Stagecoach, which has also been disqualified from bidding for the West Coast Partnership and South Eastern franchises. This is a decision that will result in the elimination of all Virgin rail operations in the UK given their partnership with Stagecoach for the West Coast competition. The choice for WCP is now between a consortium of MTR (Hong Kong) and the Spanish operator RENFE, or First Group and its partner the…

2 Min
two-year delay to full crossrail start

CROSSRAIL has announced that the central section using the new tunnels underneath London will now open between October 2020 and March 2021, some two years after the original plan of December 2018. The issues are delays in building the stations as well as difficulties interfacing the different signalling systems on the route. Somewhat amazingly at this stage, Crossrail has revealed it still has to create and test software that will integrate the train operating system with the three different signalling systems. When trains do start running, they are unlikely to be able to call at Bond Street station while work there is finished off. Each Elizabeth line station has more than 50km of communications cabling, 200 CCTV cameras, 66 information displays, 200 radio antennas, 750 loudspeakers and 50 help points. All this…

1 Min
dc ‘grids’ power stone traffic

REACTIVATED in February 2019 after five-and-a-half years out of use at Washwood Heath and Leicester while undergoing a top-end engine overhaul and attention to other issues, No. 56091 has now received its long-promised repaint out of debranded Fertis livery. The ‘Grid’ was released after its month-long repaint into DC Rail Freight dark grey at Willesden on April 25. It then worked a 0Z65 light engine move to Leicester, before partnering up with No. 56103 for a 0Z56 test run to Crewe and back to following day. The loco’s first revenue-earning run in the new look was three days later on the 29th, when the duo powered a 6Z57/16.54 Chaddesden Sidings to Carlisle Kingmoor VQ with a set of JNA/ KEA box wagons. DCRail is part of the Cappagh group of companies and has…

2 Min
in brief

DONCASTER DERAILMENT THE Rail Accident Investigation Branch has released its report into the loco derailment at Doncaster on December 21, 2018, when a train formed of four light locomotives left Roberts Road depot in Doncaster following wheel reprofiling. While the train negotiated a tight curve, the third locomotive in the formation derailed, blocking the line for 36 hours. The accident highlights the increased risk of derailment for vehicles with newly-turned wheels with P1 profiles operating on curves without a check rail or adequate lubrication. The report states the importance of track curves of around 200 metres radius or less on passenger carrying lines being fitted with check rails. ‘TRACTOR’ STORED CLASS 37/6 No. 37605, which was placed in the stored XHSS pool after derailing at Doncaster on December 21 (see above), has been moved…

2 Min
extension for southeastern

THE South Eastern franchise, which has been operated by Govia since November 2007 under the Southeastern brand, was due to end on June 22 but – in the absence of a decision about the winner of the next franchise – the contract has been extended to November 10, with an option to continue until April 2020. The number of bidders has been reduced following the Government’s decision to disqualify a joint bid by Stagecoach and Alstom after failing to agree terms for making up a shortfall in the Railway Pension Scheme. Two bidders now remain: the incumbent operator Govia, a consortium made-up of 65% the Go-Ahead Group and 35% Keolis; and Abellio with backing from the East Japan Railway and Mitsui. COMMUTER TRAFFIC In the 2017/18 financial year, there were 176 million passenger…