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The Railway Magazine December 2020

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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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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
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Monthly
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in this issue

2 min.
rail should be at the forefront of prime minister’s decarbonisation plans

MANY of you will have heard about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s 10-point decarbonisation plan. You’d expect that plans to electrify more of the rail network would be a key part of such an announcement, particularly with the end of new petrol and diesel car sales only 10 years away. In the report, there was no new or forthright commitment to increasing network electrification from 38% to a more realistic 65-70%, other than “we will further electrify regional and other rail routes”. Hardly a dynamic statement, when you consider just a few years ago plans to electrify the Midland Main Line through the East Midlands was abandoned by Government in favour of bi-mode trains. What is needed is a solid commitment. The report also regurgitated old news of expanding rail routes around Manchester and Birmingham, reinstating…

1 min.
safety ‘hot potato’

WHENEVER there is a serious incident on public transport resulting in injuries or fatalities, the phrase ‘safety is our No. 1 priority’ is always trotted out by a spokesperson. The RAIB report on the two track workers killed at Margam makes disturbing reading, particularly in relation to the prevailing safety culture and a lack of willingness to challenge working practices. The fact there have been 45 similar incidents with track workers since 2005 is a big concern, and lands a very ‘hot potato’ in Network Rail’s lap. Now take a look at these pictures of Tyseley station, in the Birmingham suburbs, sent in by a concerned reader. The poor state of both platform canopies displays an appalling air of dereliction, but what kind of message is the railway sending to customers about its…

1 min.
good riddance 2020

WE ARE almost at the end of the most awful year I can remember. Everyone’s life has been disrupted by this terrible pandemic, far more than we could have imagined, and our faith for getting back to normal lies with the scientists and vaccines. Thank you for sticking with The RM during some very difficult and challenging times, and thanks to my team who really have gone beyond the call of duty to ensure The RM was published every month. Next year has to be better, so stay with us as there are some exciting things on the horizon. In the meantime, have a safe and peaceful Christmas and here’s to a Happy New Year.…

4 min.
raib highlights network rail safety concerns over margam fatalities

A REPORT from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) into the death of two track workers at Margam, South Wales, on July 3, 2019, has resulted in 11 recommendations – nine of them addressed to Network Rail. In the Margam incident, two track workers were struck and fatally injured by a passenger train at Margam East Junction on the South Wales main line. A third track worker came very close to being struck. All three were part of a group of six staff carrying out maintenance on a set of points, with the men struck by an GWR IET train at 50mph. RAIB says the accident occurred because the three track workers were working on a line that was open to traffic, with no formally appointed lookouts to warn of approaching trains. All three…

2 min.
first vivarail class 484 arrives on isle of wight

THE first train of an order for five two-car Viviarail EMUs to replace the oldest rolling stock in operation on the national network has arrived on the Isle of Wight, in a move representing a new era for the 8½-mile Island Line. No. 484001 rolled off the ferry at Yarmouth on November 19 for a photocall with SWR managing director Mark Hopwood and local MP Bob Seely. The units were unloaded at Sandown, where there is access for plant and engineers equipment. The trains have been fully refurbished and modernised, and designated Class 484, with these former District Line trains continuing the island’s use of former Underground stock. They will replace the eight Class 483 Underground trains that date from 1938, and which arrived on the island in 1989. The current 82-year-old units have been…

2 min.
‘future at risk’: stark message from eurostar and hs1 ceos

THE future of the Eurostar operation along with the HS1 rail link it uses is at risk unless there is Government intervention, the companies two CEOs have warned. Writing jointly in the Independent, Dyan Crowther, CEO of Highspeed 1 and Jacques Damas, CEO of Eurostar, said the two companies have used their own resources to remain afloat, neither being eligible for the level of Government support schemes provided for domestic rail or airlines. However, in a stark warning, they say unless there is urgent Government intervention, there is a great risk the iconic service will be left to fail, threatening jobs, connectivity, and reversing the progress to reduce travel emissions. A massive 95% downturn in the numbers of passengers using Eurostar services to Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels as a result of the Covid-19…