Rail Express September 2021

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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recreation time

SUMMER is traditionally a time for rest and recreation. But an altogether different kind of recreation is taking place in the modern traction world. The project to recreate pioneer main line diesel loco LMS No. 10000 is well under way (see Letters on page 88 for a query about this loco’s original bogies). It has enjoyed much support and, similarly, a new ‘Baby Deltic’ is well advanced. Now there are murmurs that other diesel or electric trains, lost long ago to the cutter’s torch, might be rebuilt to ride the rails again. If just the mention of legendary names like Lion and Kestrel makes you weak at the knees, you may be in favour of a new-build renaissance, the like of which is already well-established in the steam community. But…

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hs2 meets ew rail

ELEVATION FEELING At Bletchley, reconstruction of the flyover that will carry East West Rail over the West Coast Main Line is proceeding apace.…

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tfw report promises rail expansion

IN contrast to the Westminster Government belief that a slow recovery in passenger demand justifies a 20% reduction in timetabled services, Transport for Wales (TfW) has set out plans for rail expansion. The annual report for the year ended March 31 reflected the takeover of the Wales and Borders franchise in February, bringing rail operations in Wales under the direct control of TfW. This followed the ownership transfer of the Core Valley Lines infrastructure from Network Rail to Welsh Ministers in March 2020. Train service enhancement has taken place on the Rhymney line as a result of the introduction of Class 769 bi-mode units, which are conversions of displaced Class 319 former Thameslink units owned by Porterbrook. TfW has upped the original order for five units to nine to increase capacity. In…

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major rail projects postponed

WORK has been halted on planning for the eastern extension of HS2 (Phase 2b) and it appears that a new appraisal of the business case will be undertaken. The publication of the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) for investment in the Midlands and north of England, including the Northern Powerhouse Rail and Midlands Rail Hub, has also been postponed. As Rail Express went to press, union TSSA was awaiting a response from Government following a demand for formal confirmation that HS2’s eastern leg has been “scrapped, paused, or mothballed”. The South Yorkshire elected mayor, Dan Jarvis, commented that there had already been a nine-month delay in revealing the IRP and that it is vital for the region to know what investment is to take place, particularly given the recent decision to withdraw…

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porterbrook donates historic hst power car

AS this issue of Rail Express went to press, Crewe Heritage Centre was expecting to take delivery of Class 43 power car No. 43081, after it was kindly donated by Porterbrook. The ‘125’ power car is historic as it is the 8000th locomotive outshopped by the erstwhile Crewe Works (by then BREL Crewe). It was due to be delivered by road from Long Marston, where it had been stored for ashort while after storage at Nemesis Rail, Burton, since withdrawal from service with EMR in 2020. The vehicle, complete with a VP185 prime mover, is understood to be potentially operational and joins classmate No. 43018 (donated by Angel Trains in 2020) at the Cheshire-based heritage centre, which is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic. The latest addition to Crewe’s collection…

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crewe’s 8000th loco: no. 43081 – a brief history

December 1977 Frame and bodyshell laid out at BREL Crewe February 1978 Delivered from BREL Crewe to BR Eastern Region March 1978 Initially allocated to Heaton depot; subsequent postings included Neville Hill, Edinburgh Craigentinny and Bounds Green. April 1996 Transferred to Midland Mainline November 2007 Transferred to East Midlands Trains July 2008 Temporarily named Midland Valenta at Derby Etches Park August 2019 Special vinyls applied for EMT farewell railtour (worked with No. 43050) August 2019 Transferred to East Midlands Railway 2020 Off lease, moved to Nemesis Rail, Burton; subsequently moved to Long Marston July 2021 Donated by Porterbrook to Crewe Heritage Centre…