Rail Express December 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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mixed messages

The COP26 UN climate summit was in full swing as this issue of Rail Express went to press, and has helped focus attention on how rail can help the world deliver on reduced emissions (see p.11). However, at a time when innovative open access operator Lumo has just launched (see pages 10 and 14), we also have the contradictory news of freight operators reverting to diesel operation due to high electricity costs (p.13) and, bizarrely, the Government halving domestic air passenger duty (p.10). The rail industry is clearly doing its bit – it’s time for politicians of all flavours to unite and follow suit. Beat the hike As the prices of food and raw materials have rocketed across the UK, magazine publishers haven’t been spared hikes in paper prices. The cover price…

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first looks: barking riverside

At the invitation of TfL, Rail Express was given special access to the station site and railway viaduct at Barking Riverside on November 2. James Barrow, TfL’s head of programme for Barking Riverside Extension and Steve Balliston, project director for the joint venture – Morgan Sindall Volker Fitzpatrick – were keen to stress the £327 million project, which started on site in 2017, is on track, despite losing 63 days during the pandemic. Currently a live construction site, the new station main build is largely finished and the 1.6km viaduct that will form part of 4.5km of new track through to Barking’s main station is mainly complete. The first test train is expected in April 2022 and full passenger service, provided by new Class 710 EMUs, should follow in the autumn. E…

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lumo launches new open access east coast passenger service

A SPECIAL trial run of Lumo electric set No. 803001 took place on October 21, ahead of commercial operations launching on October 25. Services started with two train pairs each day, with a third due to be added in December. Five daily pairs are expected to run in 2022, utilising Lumo’s fleet of five 5-car Hitachi-built EMUs which, unlike their LNER ‘Azuma’ and Hull Trains’ ‘Paragon’ cousins, are fitted out with single-class accommodation. Lumo is primarily targeting flyers travelling between Edinburgh, Newcastle and London airports. The train service runs directly between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh, with intermediate stops at Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth. Around 400 seats are available in each unit (between 54 and 94 seats per car). Introductory advance purchase single fares were low at £19.90, though huge demand…

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2021 budget is mixed bag for rail

THE Government’s budget and spending review, presented to Parliament on October 27, sees a significant increase in the Department for Transport capital spending budget from £14.2 billion in 2019/20 to £19.9 billion in 2023/24. The revenue budget will also increase from £17.7 billion to £26.2 billion in the same five-year period, that coincides with Control Period 6 that regulates rail infrastructure spending by Network Rail. Scotland and Wales will also receive noteworthy increases to their block grants provided for capital and day-to-day revenue expenditure. In total the figure for Scotland rises from £37.2 billion to £46.8 billion and for Wales from £16.3 billion to £20.6 billion, in both cases covering the same five-year period from 2019/20. LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT The Spending Review (SR21) includes local infrastructure investment to support economic growth and is…

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porterbrook sends first pair of hst power cars for scrap

THERE has been no greater illustration of the importance of the HST to Britain’s railway network than the impressive survivability of the production power car fleet. Of the 197 examples that were outshopped from BREL Crewe between February 1976 and August 1982, just four had been scrapped prior to Autumn 2021: No. 43173 in June 2003 following the Southall crash the previous September, No. 43011 in June 2002 after being written off at Ladbroke Grove in November 1999, No. 43019 in July 2005 as a result of the Ufton Nervet collision in November 2004, and No. 43140 in May 2021 following the Stonehaven derailment in August 2020. By way of comparison, 135 Class 56s were built during the same period, of which just 37 remain, albeit with three now converted…

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green traction showcased at cop26 un climate change conference

TRANSPORT is responsible for 32% of UK greenhouse gas emissions and rail demonstrations took place at the COP26 conference in Glasgow earlier this month to illustrate progress being made towards implementing Network Rail’s initial Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy published in July 2020. New concepts showcased at COP included: Vivarail’s Class 230 battery powered unit No. 230001, that has been re-engineered from withdrawn London Underground rolling stock. It operated a series of demonstration runs between Glasgow and Kilmarnock which allowed the fast-charge system to be used. Porterbrook Leasing and the University of Birmingham displayed the Hydroflex Class 319 conversion that has been jointly developed with the intention of allowing the function of the hydrogen tanks, fuel cells, traction batteries and control system to be explained. Certification has been gained for network operation…