Rail Express July 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
and so it begins…

AT last it seems the new stock built for a number of franchises, much of it having been delayed for various reasons, is now (or very soon will be) entering service. Already we have seen Siemens’ Class 717s displace ‘313s’ in North London and now the first Bombardier Class 710s are working on the Gospel Oak to Barking line too. The Stadler-built Class 755 bi-modes have been approved for use in East Anglia, while Caledonian Sleeper has introduced its first CAF Mk.5 coaches, Hitachi Class 385s are spreading their wings in Scotland, Northern is about to introduce the CAF Class 331 EMUs (with Class 197 DMUs to follow), and TransPennine Express has three new types of CAF train imminent. Added to these, the first LNER ‘Azumas’ entered traffic in May on diagrams…

3 Min
port owners criticise lack of rail capacity

A REPORT by the UK Major Ports Group has revealed that restrictions on the availability of paths is reducing the competitiveness of rail and causing road transport to be used as a result. This is not the favoured solution for many port operators given the high level of reliability of rail services compared to the delays caused by congestion on motorways and trunk roads. The situation has been highlighted by the shortage of trans-Pennine capacity for the movement of biomass from Liverpool to Drax without lengthy diversions, and the lack of gauge clearance to convey high capacity containers that now make up the majority of boxes used for intermodal deep-sea traffic. Network Rail has made some investment as part of the Strategic Freight Network (SFN), but this has focused on routes radiating…

1 Min
dbc’s loss is gbrf’s gain

DB Cargo has lost ground to other freight operating companies over the last five years, according to figures released by the Office of Rail and Road. DBC remains the single biggest haulier in terms of kilometres worked, but has fallen from more than 15 million kms in 2015/16 to around 12.5 million kms in 2018/19 (see graph). The biggest gain in that period has been by GBRf from just under five million kms worked to more than seven million kms. Together with Freightliner (which has remained steady at around nine million kms throughout), these three FOCs account for 86% of all freight traffic. Total freight train kilometres rose to 33.6 million kilometres in 2018/19, a 2% rise compared with 2017/18. The total amount of freight lifted rose to 75.4 million tonnes, a…

1 Min
hs2 fleet bidders show their hand

THREE of the five bidders competing to build the HS2 fleet have submitted designs of how their trains could look. CAF, Siemens and Hitachi/Bombardier are bidding to win the £2.75 billion contract to supply and maintain 54 trains for Phase One of the HS2 project. CAF’s bid is based on its ‘Oaris’ platform, which it claims can operate at more than 360kph with reliability, comfort and safety. The company opened a manufacturing facility in Newport, South Wales in 2018 and has invested in local training and employment. Current contracts for the UK include DMUs for the Northern, West Midlands and Wales and Borders franchises. Siemens’ offering is based on its ‘Velaro’ range, which is already being used for high-speed services in Spain, China, Russia and Germany – not to mention the…

2 Min
williams review looks to the future

ONE element of the extensive Williams Review into the rail industry is to measure the likely impact on rail services as a result of the growing digital economy, where universal access to the internet and smartphones can be expected to change travel patterns. This has not been to the detriment of rail travel so far, as the past 15 years has seen an increase of 56% in the number of trips undertaken, with an average of 20 made annually per head of population. This is a strong performance given there has been a decline in the use of transport as a whole over the same period. Significant lifestyle changes are also taking place, including the preference for an ‘experience economy’ rather than ‘ownership of possessions’ such as cars. Hence the growth in…

5 Min
in brief

MAIN LINE FOR ‘DELTIC’ 19? THE serious failure of No. D9009 (55009) Alycidon when hauling the return ‘Auld Reekie’ tour from Edinburgh on March 3 has raised the possibility of its owner the Deltic Preservation Society reregistering classmate No. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier for the main line. This ‘Deltic’ is in full working order and has been a popular exhibit on the heritage railway circuit. To be reregistered it would need fitting with GSM-R and OTMR equipment. Meanwhile, investigations into No. D9009’s failure – believed to have been caused by a large power surge – continue and a report from a forensic engineer is awaited. The DPS has launched an appeal to fund the costly repairs at www.thedps.co.uk. ROG HIRES THIRD ‘57’ RAIL Operations Group has taken a third Direct Rail Services Class 57/3…