Rail Express September 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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behind the scenes

NETWORK Rail’s National Operations Centre is a fascinating place, perhaps one that few outside of the industry know exists, and this month our contributor Phil Marsh was lucky enough to spend some time there observing the work done to keep services running on time. The NOC monitors the entire network around the clock, overseeing local route control and stepping in when major incidents occur. Problems that affect passenger and freight services range from simple to complicated, serious to ridiculous – although even sombrero-wearing drunks (as happened when Phil was there) need to be taken seriously when they are near to moving trains, while far too often the team has to deal with the sad news of a suicide on railway property. The NOC also deals with more everyday aspects of operations –…

3 Min
new government makes commitment to regions

INVESTMENT in rail infrastructure outside London is to be apriority for the Government formed by new prime minister Boris Johnson. The new ministerial team at the Department for Transport will soon receive the findings of the Williams Review, which was set up to recommend a future new rail industry structure that would avoid the failings that led to the poor implementation of the May 2018 timetable. As the work has progressed, it has been apparent that it is confined to a review of passenger franchising policy, and that Network Rail will not absorb responsibility for train operations as some have suggested. It has become clear from Keith Williams, who is leading the review, that he believes long-lasting reforms must be anchored in regions and communities that are nearer to the people the railway…

1 Min
drs charity open day raises £10,000

DIRECT Rail Services’ annual open day was held at its Carlisle Kingmoor base this year on July 20, and saw around 2000 visitors raising £10,000 for charity During the event, No. 66428 was named Carlisle Eden Mind by David Peattie, the chief operating officer of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), in honour of the local mental health charity. Then No. 66302 was named Endeavour by Natasha Hanson, business services director at DRS, in honour of the company’s links with shipping firm International Nuclear Services. Nineteen locos were on show: Nos. 37401/409/ 419, 47593, 57007/301/303, 66302/424/426/427/428/433, 68006/017/018/022/033 and 88009.…

2 Min
more freight from felixstowe

NETWORK Rail has completed a £60 million project to enable 47 daily freight trains to run on the Felixstowe branch in each direction. The investment was supported by Hutchinson Ports UK and is a large step-up from the previous ceiling of 33 daily paths. The 13 mile line is not electrified, although this was proposed when the Great Eastern Main Line was electrified in the mid-1980s, which has therefore resulted in diesel traction being used throughout for containerised freights. The port opened its first container handling facility in 1967 and, as a result of continued expansion, opened the two mile North Quay branch in 1987 to serve the Central and North terminals. The South terminal continues to be accessed by the original line that ran to the closed Felixstowe Beach station. Previously, there…

1 Min
leeds gets high speed rail research centre

THE Government has confirmed funding to create a high-speed rail research facility in West Yorkshire. The University of Leeds’ Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration will aim to revolutionise the way new railway systems are invented, developed and brought into service. It will be located next to the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone. This forms the early phase of a plan involving local authorities and businesses to position the area as a UK centre for rail engineering that will generate jobs and inward investment. The Government has contributed £11 million towards the project. A further £40 million has come from the University and rail industry partners, adding to £13 million from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal. The institute will include a vehicle testing facility large enough to…

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steam legends help launch scottish ‘azumas’

LNER introduced Class 800 bi-modes to Anglo-Scottish services from the start of August and, prior to that, ran press previews trips from York to Darlington on July 30 and Edinburgh-Berwick on July 31. The York trip was greeted by A4 steam loco No. 4468 Mallard, holder of the world steam record (126mph set in 1938), at York and A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman, the world’s most famous steam loco, at Darlington. Mallard has rarely left the National Railway Museum in the last 30 years, so required much work by the museum to get it fit and approved in time to be hauled on Network Rail metals. On the day, DB Cargo’s Nos. 66050 and 66134 ‘top and tailed’ the A4 from the museum to the station’s platform 7 via Holgate Sidings so…