Rail Express October 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
farewell old friends

IT has been another month of significant change across the network, as the railways prove once again that what can sometimes seem like a permanent fixture never really is. On the franchising front, Abellio’s East Midlands Railway has taken over from Stagecoach’s East Midlands Trains, promising new and upgraded units and a possible extension of the wires north of Corby, while Stagecoach and Virgin Trains are to lose the West Coast franchise to rivals First Group and Trenitalia from December. This means that Stagecoach and Virgin – both seemingly permanent rail brands that have achieved much in their time – will no longer be involved in running any of our passenger services for the first time since the late 1990s. The incoming West Coast Partnership has been tasked with integrating existing inter-city…

4 Min
virgin displaced from british rail market

THE Department for Transport has awarded the contract for operating InterCity West Coast services to a consortium made up of First Group and Trenitalia, the Italian State Railway, which will start on December 8 this year. The decision follows the disqualification of the Virgin/Stagecoach bid as a result of a dispute about staff pension liabilities. The new operator is planning an extension of services, with an additional 263 weekly trains, that will enhance journey opportunities to Liverpool South Parkway, Walsall and Gobowen. More stopping trains will serve Rugby, Motherwell and Llandudno Junction. To reduce the use of diesel-powered trains operating on electrified routes, the Class 221 ‘Voyager’ fleet is to be replaced by 23 new trainsets made of 13 bi-mode and 10 all-electric units, which will be introduced by the end of 2022.…

4 Min
emr starts operations

ABELLIO took over the East Midlands franchise on August 18, rebranding operations as the East Midlands Railway. There are to be three distinct services groups named as InterCity, Electrics, and Regional. The future rolling stock fleet has been decided, although there will be a period of interim operation with existing vehicles. For the Midland Main Line InterCity services, a fleet of 33 five-car bi-mode trains has been ordered from Hitachi, which will be built at Newton Aycliffe (County Durham) but they will not be delivered before 2022. The intention is that these will replace any HST sets that remain in service, plus the 19 Class 222 ‘Meridian’ units. There will be detailed differences from the Class 800 series of trains provided under the InterCity Express Programme, as the vehicle length will be…

1 Min
‘pacer’ withdrawals get underway

NORTHERN formally withdrew its first ‘Pacer’ from service on August 12 when No. 142005 was taken out of traffic after working the 2Y95/11.23 Manchester Victoria-Stalybridge and then moving to Newton Heath for storage, writes David Russell. Its partner on that particular working, No. 142046, was stopped later that week. Five other Newton Heath-based sets, namely Nos. 142012-014/030/033, have been transferred to Heaton (Newcastle), enabling five units based there, Nos. 142016/021/022/025/066, to be stopped and put into warm store in newly-laid sidings at the depot. Of these, Nos. 142021/022 both saw further use on the Darlington to Saltburn/Bishop Auckland routes on August 29. The stored sets could also see use during the autumn leaf-fall season if necessary. The new sidings at Heaton will be able to hold more than 20 Class 142s, and…

3 Min
hs2 scheme set for independent review

THE Government has announced that an independent cross-party review of the HS2 project is to take place to validate whether the cost and benefit remains in line with earlier forecasts after the new chairman of HS2, Allan Cook, advised the Department for Transport (DfT) that the estimated budget of £55.7billion set in 2015 would be insufficient to complete the work. The new estimate is between £72 and £78billion based on 2015 prices that, when adjusted for inflation, gives a current figure of between £81 and £88billion. In the worst-case scenario this is a cost increase of 41%. Despite these figures, the Government has authorised HS2 Limited to continue works that are taking place in advance of authorisation of construction work to complete Phase 1 of the line to Birmingham Curzon Street. The…

2 Min
in brief

MORTONS MEDIA ACQUIRES SILVER LINK PUBLISHING MORTONS Media Group, publisher of Rail Express, has announced the acquisition of renowned rail, maritime, road transport and biography book publisher Silver Link Publishing, which will now become part of the recently-launched Mortons Books business. Silver Link has produced more than 700 titles since it was founded in 1985 at Carnforth. Today the company also includes the imprints Past and Present and The Nostalgia Collection. Mortons Books publisher Steven O’Hara said: “Silver Link is synonymous with creating quality products that cover a wide range of enthusiast and nostalgia subjects. “It enjoys a large readership who love and respect its products. It is a huge honour to continue the Silver Link legacy.” ONGAR CELEBRATIONS TO mark 25 years since the last London Underground train ran to Ongar, the Epping Ongar Railway is…