Rail Express November 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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two come along at once

WE thought we had the moment of the month nailed in the lead up to press day, when GBRf ‘Tug’ No. 60026 emerged into the sunlight at Eastleigh Works, showing off its sparkling new blue livery, which really seems to suit the shape of the loco – or maybe I would say that as someone dating back to British Rail’s Corporate Blue era! The icing on the cake, though, is the addition of retro nameplates in the style of the Class 44s – this one being Helvellyn, but we understand GBRf’s 10 ‘60s’ will be given plates matching those 10 original ‘Peaks’. This is a nice touch by the freight haulier, which has enthusiasts in its ranks all the way to the top, but it does not have to do these…

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tfwm plans for massive rail expansion in the midlands

MIDLANDS Connect, an organisation developed by Transport for the West Midlands and neighbouring local authorities to improve inter-urban rail services in the region, has launched a 25-year plan to enhance rail capacity, with the aim of providing timetable paths for an additional 736 passenger and 72 freight services daily. The overall cost of £3.5 billion is dominated by a £2 billion programme to improve East-West connectivity. Plans include constructing new chords at Bordesley to allow services to use the former Great Western approach to Moor Street station, in turn allowing up to 20 additional peak hour paths to be made available at Birmingham New Street. Action is needed as there has been growth of 121% in rail use in the West Midlands over the last decade, with a throughput at Birmingham New…

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hst joins national collection

AFTER a two-month spell in storage at Ely Papworth pending transfer of ownership from Angel Trains to the National Railway Museum, power car No. 43002 Sir Kenneth Grange was moved to Locomotion at Shildon on September 20, writes David Russell. The last-minute move enabled the power car to appear at Locomotion’s 15th anniversary event, although there was no time for it to be unloaded beforehand, so it was displayed outside on a low-loader. The gala on September 21/22 also saw No. 66788 named Locomotion 15. Following the event, No. 43002 was unloaded and placed on undercover display alongside the prototype DELTIC. This was a temporary arrangement, pending its movement to the NRM in York and official entry into the collection, which is planned to take place before the end of October. No. 43002…

3 Min
more new projects for scotland

THE Scottish Parliament has approved reopening of the Levenmouth branch in Fife at an estimated cost of £70 million. The six-mile line runs from Thornton Junction to the town of Leven, which originally served the port of Methil. Although closed to passenger services in 1969, it was retained for freight operations until 2001 when it was classified as out of use under Network Rail procedures for short-term network change. As a result, the formation is intact with bridges remaining in place. The timetable will provide through trains to Edinburgh with a journey time of 70 minutes. The population is currently the largest in Scotland without a rail service, and there will be an intermediate station provided at Cameron Bridge – where Diageo operates a grain distillery producing whisky and spirit for the…

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uk’s carbon-neutral goal will impact design of new stock

MAJOR changes will need to take place in the operation of Britain’s rail services to meet the Government’s edict to be carbon neutral by 2040 and reduce emissions from diesel traction. Widespread electrification is a likely solution, particularly as electricity generation in no longer dependent on coal-fired power stations, which had a significant effect on the UK’s carbon balance. ELECTRIFICATION NEEDED There is currently a pause in new electrification projects in England and Wales following the cost escalation that occurred wiring up the Great Western Main Line, which resulted in a bill of £3 million per single track kilometre (stk). This figure is more than three times the cost of electrifying routes in Scotland. A subsequent investigation found the high cost was largely due to a loss of the skills needed for the work…