Rail Express April 2020

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
a new ‘golden age’?

VISITING CAF’s new factory in Newport recently brought home how the fortunes of train building in Britain have changed in recent years. At one time not too long ago there was essentially just Bombardier in Derby for new builds, plus Brush and Wabtec for re-engineering existing locomotives and units. Now, thanks to massive new orders from the franchised train operators, some of the world’s biggest train building firms also have factories here –including the likes of Hitachi, CAF and Alstom, while Siemens has plans to build a significant site in Goole and Talgo another in Scotland. Critics say these are not true train building factories, not like the British Rail workshops of old, and to some extent that is true. These modern plants are assembly lines where components made elsewhere are put…

4 Min
banishing the shadow of beeching

IT may be almost 60 years since the infamous ‘Reshaping of British Railways’ report was published by Dr Beeching in 1963, but modern politicians continue to use it as a reference point about how not to run a railway. The economic impact of closing railway lines takes time to realise, and it is only since Privatisation of the network in the 1990s that we can see the transformational effect of investment that was not made available to British Rail by the Government. “A 2009 ATOC report found 75 towns in England with a population over 15,000 that had no access to rail services” As a result of determined policies to promote the use of rail services, journeys have more than doubled over the last two decades to 1.8 billion annually. With the rise…

2 Min
£15 billion plans for west midlands rail and tram routes

A 20-year, £15 billion programme to expand the heavy and light-rail networks in the West Midlands has been launched by Mayor Andy Street, who is seeking re-election in May. This follows a period of strong growth in the conurbation, with 48 million passengers using Birmingham New Street in 2018/9, an increase of 7.9% over the previous year. The plan includes 26 new national network stations as a result of reopening the Camp Hill and Sutton Park routes, with passenger services also being restored between Wolverhampton and Walsall. Additional stations serving Coventry are also planned at Coundon Road, Foleshill, Binley, and Coventry South. The bulk of the investment is focused on building eight new light-rail lines, which would serve up to 380 stopping points. There is relief in the region that the franchised…

2 Min
in brief

REBUILT COACHES HEAD TO SCOTLAND SCOTRAIL has taken delivery of two more refurbished HST sets, meaning that 12 of its 26 ‘Inter7City’ sets have now been released by Wabtec, Doncaster. Set HA16 emerged on January 29, made up of Nos. 40626 (ex-41012) and 42072/281/350. The four vehicles were moved to Craigentinny (Edinburgh) from Wabetc by Nos. 43143/163. Following on February 11 was set HA15, which travelled north as the 5S03/15.03 Wabtec-Craigentinny. Powered by power cars Nos. 43175/183, it comprised Nos. 40609 (ex-41020) and 42107/253/257. A further delivery occurred on February 21, when power cars Nos. 43026/143 took Nos. 40618 (ex-41016) and 42014/297/555, which make up set HA14, north. With the delivery of the above rakes, another slam-door rake was removed from service. Set HA02 (formed of Nos. 41144, 42032/295 and 44039) was taken…

2 Min
in brief

END FOR WEYMOUTH DORSET Council has announced that the closed Weymouth tramway is to be ripped up after being given £1.1 million by the Department for Transport to carry out the work. The tramway opened in 1865 to allow boat trains to reach the harbour and connect with ferries to the Channel Islands, but it was last used in 1999. Campaigners argue that the 1.25-mile (2km) line could be reopened as a tourist attraction, but the council says the rails can no longer be used due to their deteriorated condition. Removal work was due to begin in March around the ferry terminal. WEST ANGLIA ‘710s’ ‘AVENTRA’ passenger workings on West Anglia routes in and out of Liverpool Street commenced on February 24, when Nos. 710108+ 710121 formed the 2U37/11.22 Enfield Town-Liverpool Street, followed…

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class 58 to run again at chinnor

IT is now 18 years since a Class 58 last hauled a passenger train in Britain, and 17 years since one last ran under its own power, but all that is set to change this year with the news that preserved No. 58023 is to move to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. The loco was withdrawn in July 1999, but was never one of the class to be sent for further work abroad. Instead, it was stored out of use for many years at Toton, still carrying faded Mainline Freight blue livery and logos. It was eventually put up for sale by DB Schenker with four others in late 2015, being sold and moved to Ron Hulls scrapyard in Rotherham early in 2016, along with Mainline grey-liveried classmate No. 58012. Both…