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The Railway Magazine

August 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 Edities


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editor’s comment

Will the new Westminster team deliver rail improvements sooner, later or not at all? It is too early to predict whether Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister and Grant Shapps as Transpor t Secretar y will be good or bad news for Britain’s railways. Unfortunately, railways and politics have become very tangled – there’s no escaping that fact. Leaving aside the more pressing aspect of the withdrawal from the European Union by October 31, the in-tray of Mr Shapps has a number of items demanding his attention. With new ministers in vir tually all depar tments, there will be a spotlight on budgets as well as the promises made by the new Prime Minister in the leadership election. Mr Johnson and Mr Shapps have a number of key areas to tackle, including:…

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railway magazine

EDITORIAL Editor: Chris Milner Deputy editor: Gary Boyd-Hope Consultant editor: Nick Pigott Senior correspondent: Ben Jones Designer: Tim Pipes Pic ture desk: Paul Fincham and Jonathan Schofield Publisher: Tim Hartley Production editor: Sarah Wilkinson Sub - editor: Nigel Devereux Editorial assistant: Jane Skayman Classic Traction News: Peter Nicholson Operations News: Ashley Butlin Narrow Gauge News: Cliff Thomas Metro News: Paul Bickerdyke World News: Keith Fender Group advertising manager: Sue Keily Advertising: Craig Amess PUBLISHING Subscription manager: Paul Deacon Circulation manager: Steve O’Hara Marketing manager: Charlotte Park Publishing director: Dan Savage Commercial director: Nigel Hole Published by: Mortons Media Group Ltd, Media Centre, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincs LN9 6JR Printed by: William Gibbons & Son, Wolverhampton…

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steam lines face double threat in crackdown on coal-burning

BRITAIN’S heritage railways are fighting for their future in the face of a Government crackdown on carbon emissions. So serious is the threat that politicians from both sides of the Parliamentary divide joined forces in July to call for steam lines to be spared the most extreme aspects of new coal-burning laws. Preservationists are also viewing with growing concern the escalation of action by climate-change protestors and wondering how long it will be before a preserved railway is targeted. Campaign groups have already invaded an opencast coal mine in Germany and glued themselves to a train –ironically an electric on London’s Docklands Light Railway – and their demonstrations are becoming increasingly widespread and militant. To combat the threats, the Heritage Railway Association has gone on the front foot in a bid to protect its…

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rail network in meltdown as temperatures hit new british record of 38.7°c

BRUTAL temperatures over a two-day period brought chaos to large parts of the rail network, affecting millions of rail passengers. The effects on one route were still being felt several days later. As temperatures began to rise into the upper 30s on July 24, the temperature of the railhead in many locations was far higher at 55-60°C. Because the heat makes the rail expand, it increased the risk of bending and flexing, and in some cases buckling. The increased risks led Network Rail to impose a blanket speed restriction of 60mph on a number of routes to reduce the possibility of a derailment. Many services were cancelled to reduce the number of trains and subsequent stress on overheated tracks. On July 26, Network Rail said between 12.00-17.00, a number of exceptionally heavy freight services…

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prime minister boris johnson backs hs3 route

JUST a few days after taking office, new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to fund a faster rail route between Leeds and Manchester, which he claimed would “turbo-charge” regional growth. Speaking in front of Stephenson’s Rocket at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, Mr Johnson said: “I want to be the Prime Minister who does with Northern Powerhouse rail what we did with Crossrail in London. "And today I am going to deliver on my commitment to that vision with a pledge to fund the Leeds to Manchester route.” The current route suffers from chronic overcrowding at peak times, with trains on the 43-mile Leeds to Manchester via Diggle line taking nearly an hour. Mr Johnson wants this cut to under 30 minutes with the new route, dubbed HS3. Detailed plans for the proposed…

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stadler class 755s into service as greater anglia ‘745s’ gain approval

THE first of 38 new Class 755 bi-mode multiple units ordered by Greater Anglia entered service on July 29. No. 755410 worked the diagram previously operated by the top-and-tailed Class 37 'short set', beginning with the 07.47 Lowestoft-Norwich. The loco-hauled set will remain on standby until more units are available. GA says the Stadler-built trains will be phased in on the Norwich-Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft and Norwich-Cambridge routes over the coming weeks. A formal launch is planned for later in the summer and The RM will be reviewing the Class 755s in a future issue. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has now also authorised the use of Stadler Class 745 EMUs by Greater Anglia, subject to specific conditions being met. The 12-car 'FLIRT' EMUs will replace Class 90 and Mk3 sets on the Liverpool…