Rail Express June 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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renationalisation after all?

TWO months into lockdown and it is interesting to speculate how we might return to some degree of normality. With social distancing likely to remain in some form until an effective vaccine or cure is available, what will this mean for the railways? They are currently doing an amazing job moving key workers around and helping to keep shops stocked up with essential goods. But with passenger numbers now around 5% of normal levels, there is no way this is sustainable. There is a feeling the Government will have to make the temporary replacement of franchises with management contracts a more permanent position, essentially renationalising all passenger workings. Franchised operators can only make money by running trains near capacity, which is clearly undesirable right now, so losses will inevitably be incurred…

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our railways do their bit

3 Min
government gives support to heavy and light rail operations

THE franchised train operators are currently running reduced timetables agreed with the Department for Transport to cater for essential journeys made by key workers that provide essential public services. Outside the main population centres, train services are barely being used with only a handful of passengers travelling on many trains, which removes any prospect of commercial operations where the revenue meets operating costs. When measured on a national basis, overall journeys have declined by 95%. The current services are funded by the Government under the terms of an Emergency Measures Agreement, with revenue paid directly to the DfT and a management fee of 2% being paid back based on the cost base. These contracts will run for a period of six months until the end of September. Without this source of income, however,…

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hs2 work gets official go-ahead

THE Government has confirmed that work can commence on Phase 1 of the HS2 line between Euston and Birmingham Curzon Street. The Notice to Proceed follows an evaluation of the project benefits by a review team headed by Douglas Oakervee, a past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Chairman of HS2 in the early years of development. The outcome of the review was that costs were likely to escalate, with a figure of between £35 and £45 billion for Phase 1, and the total cost of the project to reach Crewe, Manchester and Leeds increasing to between £88 and £106 billion. The decision not to connect the new line with existing HS1 infrastructure via the North London Line to allow through services to operate via the Channel Tunnel was confirmed. TIMESCALES The…

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southeastern to take class 707s

A NEW operator has been found for the Siemens-built Class 707 fleet which, despite having only first entered service in 2017, are being replaced on South Western Railway by new Bombardier Class 701 ‘Aventra’ units. The 30 five-car units will move to Southeastern, where they will be used to provide additional capacity. The trains were ordered by South West Trains in 2014 as part of a plan to boost capacity on routes out of Waterloo. When FirstGroup/MTR took over the South Western franchise in 2017, however, the incoming operator decided to replace the fleet before it had even entered service. The third-rail ‘707s’ were due to have been replaced from the end of 2019 but deliveries of ‘701s’ were delayed by software issues.…

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acorp now 'community rail network'

THE various initiatives developed by the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) have resulted in a new umbrella description of 'Community Rail Network' being applied by the Government to the routes and stations concerned. It has been a feature of many recent franchise contract awards to require train operating companies to contribute to the work of the largely voluntary groups by providing funds so that a paid administrator can be employed to co-ordinate activities and develop opportunities to secure grants from funding agencies.…