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The Railway Magazine February 2021

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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
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
eurostar service must not be sacrificed

AT A time when international travel is so heavily restricted, it seems utterly bizarre that the UK Government, which has supported the airline industry through loans, tax deferrals and £1.8 billion of Covid corporate financing, has ignored Eurostar. The 55% French-owned operation is said to be close to financial failure. Since 1994 Eurostar has provided the perfect city centre to city centre alternative to flying – more so as travellers have realigned their travel habits from the unsustainable high level of emissions from aircraft. The St Pancras terminal is far more user-friendly than any airport too. Furthermore, Eurostar services to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam offer a genuine alternative for passengers wanting to reduce their carbon footprint. With news of new sleeper train connections to other European cities poised to begin over the next few…

2 min.
supporting heritage in the pandemic remains crucial

AS WE enter 2021, with no sign of the coronavirus subsiding and with movement and travel restricted due to further lockdowns, the future of heritage railways and museums is a growing concern. In this third and more stringent lockdown than before, all heritage lines are closed – and many would have been over the winter, even without the pandemic. But that doesn’t lessen the bills they face – council tax, utilities, insurance, infrastructure maintenance and loan repayments – all of which need to be paid. Grants to railways, and not all railways qualify, have been unequal depending whether that railway is in Wales or England. Welsh grants were a maximum of £150,000 but some English lines have received more that 10 times that. With so many interruptions to heritage operations, and would-be visitors…

4 min.
consultation into improving manchester rail performance

A SERIES of reports has highlighted a lack of resilience through the ‘Castlefield Corridor’. It follows a significant fall in the punctuality and performance of services through Manchester from May 2018, after an ambitious new timetable was introduced to make full use of the new Ordsall Chord. As a result, the Department for Transport has launched a new consultation providing three options on how performance on the rail network in and around Manchester can be improved. It was noticeable during the first Covid-19 lockdown, when fewer trains ran, that the reduction in services through the corridor resulted in a marked improvement in service performance, underlining the issues raised by the reports and making a strong case to change the May 2018 train service plan. The decision to opt for a public consultation follows extensive…

1 min.
first tube train trials begin on northern line extension

DECEMBER 19 saw the start of Tube train trials on the two-mile (3.2km) Northern Line extension from Kennington to Battersea Power Station. The first test journeys followed other milestones earlier in 2020 that saw the power supply connected to the rails and the signalling software commissioned, while a battery-powered engineering train was the first to travel through the tunnels in summer 2019. The extension is due to be completed this autumn, with work now concentrated on fitting out the two new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea. It will be the first addition to the Northern line since the extension to Morden in 1926, and London Underground’s first major extension since the Jubilee Line in the late 1990s. The new line is part of a wider regeneration of the area that is hoped…

4 min.

Freightliner in rail trials with Kraft Heinz FOOD conglomerate Kraft Heinz has run atrial train with Freightliner to move foodstuffs from Elst in the Netherlands to the Kraft Heinz National Distribution Centre at Wigan. The project has also involved the Innovate UKsponsored Liverpool-Humber Optimisation of Freight Transport (LHOFT) project, the University of Hull, Oxford Rail Strategies and Network Rail, who worked together to develop an intermodal rail freight solution to move food products. This led to the test train to evaluate the feasibility of delivering Kraft Heinz products by rail. The trial, operated overnight, was considered a complete success and Kraft Heinz will now be considering whether to build on its findings. Emma Dempsey, chief commercial officer for G&W’s UK/Europe Region companies said: “As the largest operator of carbon neutral traction, we are continually…

1 min.
rail operations orders 30 class 93s from stadler

RAIL Operations (UK) Limited and Swiss manufacturer Stadler have signed a framework agreement for the supply of 30 Class 93 tri-mode locomotives, which will support rail decarbonisation requirements in the UK. An initial batch of 10 is due for delivery in early 2023. As a tri-mode, the Class 93 will be able to run on 25kV overhead, diesel or battery power. Rail Operations (UK) is the parent company of the Rail Operations Group (ROG), Traxion and Orion, and just two days before the announcement of the order, STAR Capital Partnership, a private equity company, confirmed that it had bought a majority stake in Rail Operations (UK). Mixed traffic The new Class 93, the first tri-mode loco for the UK, will be based on the existing Class 68 and 88 designs, but have a top speed…