Rail Express December 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
editor’s comment

Rewriting history! YOU just cannot keep them down! Now well into their fifth decade of use, the iconic HST continues to write new chapters in its history. The sets may well have disappeared from front line use on the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines, but they continue for now on the Midland Main Line and CrossCountry routes, plus many have been repurposed for secondary services with GWR and ScotRail. And now this month we have seen Colas start using power cars on test train work, plus the emergence of Locomotive Services Ltd’s Midland Pullman set from its repaint at Eastleigh Works. It is a bold move by LSL – purists may hate the mixing of history, giving a HST a livery that had disappeared years before the first set entered service…

4 Min
williams review is dropped amid mixed messages about franchises

THE long-awaited Williams Rail Review, which was set up in 2018 to look at the structure of the whole rail industry, is not now to be published nor any of its recommendations implemented. It is widely assumed that a new centralised organisation was proposed in the review, but whether or not this would include Network Rail and potentially bring a reduction in the number of train operating companies to align with NR’s Regions is unclear. Apparently adding another organisational tier in the way the rail network is run has been ruled out because of the resultant increase in administration costs. There is also discomfort about the intention revealed to the Parliamentary Transport Committee in October 2019 that the profit motive should be removed from passenger train operating franchises, although with incentives…

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new units on test for west midlands and greater anglia

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lsl’s midland pullman breaks cover

THE much-anticipated first look at Locomotive Service’s Midland Pullman HST set occurred on October 30, when the blue and white train – styled like the 1960s diesel Pullman sets that ran between St Pancras and Manchester – was released from Eastleigh Arlington. It then created plenty of interest on its after-dark journey north to Crewe via Oxford, Coventry and Stafford, running as the 5Z44/15.55 Eastleigh-Crewe HS and arriving into Crewe station at 20.48. The set is formed of ex-East Midlands power cars Nos. 43055 and 43046 at either end of eight HST trailer cars previously with Great Western, and all carry the attractive light blue and white livery of the original Pullman. The first of the original two six-car ‘Midland Pullman’ sets was unveiled to the press at Marylebone station on June 23,…

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colas hst power cars start work on test trains

WITH Direct Rail Services' Class 37s bowing out on Network Rail test train duties on October 8 (see page 24) after a decade and a half of operation, the venerable Type 3s have been replaced by Colas Rail VP185-powered HST power cars made redundant from East Midlands Trains. Nos. 43050 and 43060 (COTS), both still wearing their EMT livery albeit with large yellow Colas branding, operated their first train on October 15 when the pair sandwiched a pair of Mk.1 barrier coaches on a 5Z96/16.50 trial run from the Derby RTC to Stafford and back. The following day (October 16), the same formation worked a 5Z95 return trip to Barrow Hill before being let loose on their first NR test formation under the new arrangement two days later on the 18th. This…

5 Min
in brief

MORE MK.3s SAVED THE 125 Group has announced it has secured three additional Mk.3 trailers from former set NL01. These are Trailer First No. 41057, Trailer Standard No. 42111 and Trailer First Buffet No. 40730. All three are said to be in good condition, with excellent service life on the bogies and wheelsets. A statement by the group says it expects to acquire three further trailers from Porterbrook, but as these are still currently in use with EMR there is no definite timescale to join the preserved fleet. FIRST ‘ACTIVE TRAVEL CARRIAGE’ UNVEILED SCOTRAIL has shown off the new interior for railcar No. 153377, which is the first of its ‘active travel carriages’ for carrying bikes and large sporting equipment. This and four others (Nos. 153305/370/373/380) are being modified by Brodie Engineering in Kilmarnock…