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The Railway Magazine

March 2019

The Railway Magazine has been published since 1897 and is now the UK's best-selling general interest rail title. Every month, The RM provides enthusiasts and professionals with authoritative and informed news coverage of the following: - Network Rail and the train operating companies - Locomotives, multiple units, carriages and wagons - Steam, heritage and the preservation world, inc narrow gauge- Metro and underground systems - In addition, the magazine carries frequent items of overseas interest. The Railway Magazine is also renowned for its wide-ranging and innovative feature coverage, encompassing up-to-the-minute developments as well as historical, nostalgic and foreign subjects. The magazine is also renowned for its award-winning photographic content.

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12 Issues


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can this rail fare mess ever be resolved?

PROPOSALS by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to embark on a ‘once-in-a-generation reform’ to an archaic and over complex ticketing system are welcome and very much overdue. (See p6).The plans from RDG are part of its contribution to the Williams Rail Review.More than 20 years after the first franchise was awarded, and despite many previous promises by successive Governments to revise a structure with 55 million fare combinations covering 2,560 stations, nothing has been done. It is still a confused - and confusing - mess.A cursory check of fares between Edinburgh and Newcastle revealed 19 differently priced options, which is utterly ridiculous.Readers may recall a proposal three years ago for a trial of single-leg pricing on selected routes, partly to combat split ticketing, but also to offer a realistic…

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there’s never been a better time to give a helping hand

VOLUNTEERS are the lifeblood of heritage railway movement.However, the future of this key part of the tourism and leisure sector is at increasing risk.The challenge facing heritage railways is not one of money (though that is vital) – it is a shortage of regular volunteers.The heritage business model very much hinges around volunteer labour, who often supplement paid staff.Quite rightly, visitors expect staff to greet and assist them, sell tickets, souvenirs or refreshments, answer questions, crew the trains or work in some of the unsung roles learning locomotive, carriage or wagon restoration and conservation.Many volunteers have been working at a railway or attraction for a long time – such as the Talyllyn's John Bate who, after 68 years volunteering, still passes on his knowledge and expertise to younger volunteers.One…

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network rail begins consultation on valley lines sale to welsh government

NETWORK Rail Property (Wales and Western Route) has issued a consultative document over the proposed land disposal by way of freehold sale of 85 route miles covering the Valley Lines. The deadline for responses is March 22, and once these have been analysed, Network Rail will decide whether to go ahead with the disposal. It could then make a formal application to the ORR for consent to dispose under the terms of their network licence. Given there is a target date for the sale and transfer by September this year, with completion by March 2020, it seems to be a done deal. The lines included in the proposed sale are north of Cardiff Bay to Rhymney/ Coryton, and Cardiff Queen Street North Jct to Merthyr…

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kesr ‘terrier’ bows out for overhaul

THE Terrier Trust’s ex-LBSCR ‘A1X’ 0-6-0T No. 32678 had its last day in normal public service on February 24 prior to being withdrawn for a 10-yearly overhaul. The 1880-built veteran leaves Rolvenden for Tenterden with the 15.28 from Bodiam, formed of a pair of Maunsell coaches. …

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rail delivery group outlines ticket reform plans

OUTLINE plans which could change how rail fares are calculated will form part of a rail industry contribution to the Williams Review. The proposals have been submitted by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), which represents all train operators. Following the biggest fares consultation in rail history, eight passengers out of 10 want the system overhauled; nine out of 10 want consideration of smart or electronic tickets, with the potential for price capping; and, eight out of 10 want consideration of fares based on encouraging travel to fill up empty seats. Fifty-five million fare combinations are in a system that dates from BR and pre-Privatisation, with passengers having become overwhelmed at the plethora of fare and route options, often buying the wrong ticket. The complexity…

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major improvements at dawlish to reduce sea wall disruption

NETWORK Rail has spent months compiling a detailed report on the options for the future of the famous sea wall railway at Dawlish, and has now submitted a planning application for a package of works to improve the resilience of the line. NR’s proposal has been developed in partnership with global engineering consultancy Arup, and calls for a new, higher sea wall at Dawlish, designed to protect the railway and the town from high waves and stormy seas for generations to come. The Department for Transport has said up to £80million funding will be made available for the project. The new design increases the height of the wall by 2.5 metres – to 7.5m – and adds a curved ‘wave return’ to the top, intended…