Rail Express October 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
use it or lose it

THE coronavirus crisis has given the railways a problem they have not faced for decades: there is now far more capacity than actual passenger demand. Six months on from the initial countrywide lockdown, most trains are still carrying only a fraction of pre-Covid numbers. The success of home working, and the lack of space for social distancing in many offices, mean commuters have not yet returned in large numbers, while leisure travellers are still nervous about the perceived risk of train travel as well as other factors such as having to wear a mask throughout long journeys. With fare income still nowhere near covering costs, the Government has announced it is to continue the emergency agreements to fund rail services. But now it will also incentivise operators to attract more passengers back…

3 Min
raib investigates stonehaven tragedy

THE DERAILMENT following a landslip at Carmont, four miles south of Stonehaven (Aberdeenshire), on August 12 brought the first loss of life in a train accident in Britain since the Class 390 derailment at Grayrigg on February 23, 2007. ScotRail’s 1T08/06.38 Aberdeen-Glasgow Queen Street, formed of set HA22 (Nos. 42145, 42564, 42007, 40622) and power cars Nos. 43030/ 43140, was halted by a landslip caused by torrential rain and, with the line ahead blocked, a decision was made to return the train to Stonehaven. The procedure was to crossover from the southbound to the northbound line to allow the train to travel in the normal direction, and this required a Network Rail Operations manager to clip the crossover points to allow safe use by a passenger train. The area is controlled by…

1 Min
major engineering on island line

SOUTH Western Railway has announced no services will run on the Isle of Wight from January 4 to March 31, 2021. This is to allow engineering works to take place in advance of the introduction of Class 484 trains in the spring. The work will include constructing a new passing loop at Brading to allow for a regular 30-minute service; enhancements to the track; upgrades to platforms to improve access to the Class 484 trains; and the installation of new ticket vending machines at Shanklin, Sandown and Ryde St John’s Road. Replacement buses will run between Shanklin and Ryde Esplanade, with a minibus operating along Ryde Pier to connect passengers with Wightlink ferries.…

2 Min
emergency rail funding deal extended

THE Government is extending the current Emergency Measures Agreements with the franchised operators. It had been due to expire in mid-September, and action will be taken to increase passenger numbers and thus revenue from ticket sales. The arrangements were introduced in March against a background of the public being told not to use trains unless the journey was essential and no alternative means of transport being available. The aim was to provide a safe service for emergency workers with on-board social distancing of two metres. The franchised operators were then paid for providing the services, with a small margin of 2% allowed for overheads and any income retained by the Department for Transport. In the proposed new Emergency Recovery Measures Agreements, train operators will be incentivised to encourage more travel, although reduced social distancing…

1 Min
heathrow to staines plan wants go-ahead

THE Government has created a Transport Acceleration Unit with the aim of shortening the period required to authorise projects that create jobs and economic value. One such scheme is proposed by Heathrow Southern Railway Ltd (HSRL), which is a private sector venture. It wants to build six miles of new railway, mainly in tunnel, to connect Heathrow Terminal 5 with the existing rail network at Staines. This will allow trains to serve stations on the route to London Waterloo. When the Terminal 5 station was completed in 2008 for services to Paddington, sufficient space was included for two additional heavy rail platforms – although these were originally intended for a western rail approach connecting to the Great Western line at Langley. A commitment was given to Parliament in July this year that the…

2 Min
in brief

SWR NAMES NEW FLEET SOUTH Western Railway has unveiled ‘Arterio’ as the name for its new £1 billion Class 701 train fleet. The name was unveiled by SWR’s managing director Mark Hopwood during a special event at Wimbledon depot in August. The name comes from Waterloo being at the heart of the South Western network, and SWR’s suburban routes are the arteries that feed it. The first ‘Arterio’ is expected to be introduced later this year on the Reading line, with a total of 750 new carriages (as 60 10-car and 30 five-car sets) to be introduced over the following two years. FINAL SCOTTISH CLASS 91 WORKING… ALMOST SEPTEMBER 4 saw the last booked Class 91+Mk.4 set run north of York to Edinburgh Waverley. No. 91109 Sir Bobby Robson – which as No.…