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The Railway Magazine May 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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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3 min.
the lack of electrification is becoming an embarrassment

ANOTHER month has gone by and, as I write, there is still no news about when or even if a programme of electrification will be announced by the Government. Electrification is a subject I’ve raised several times before, and I am sorry if it is becoming repetitive. It will not go away – it has become the elephant in the room. The need to electrify more track miles in order to decarbonise is emphasised by a report produced by the Railway Industry Association and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, backed by more than 16 organisations. The authors are experts in their field and they are not wrong, so it is questionable for how much longer Government inaction and delay can continue. It certainly cannot wait to be financed during Network Rail’s next control…

2 min.
wabtec to close brush traction

THE Brush Traction works at Loughborough has been proposed for closure by its owner, Wabtec. About 300 staff (220 permanent and 70 contractors) were informed of the decision on April 16, and it is not known whether all jobs are at risk or if some staff will be offered the chance to relocate. The closure plan is subject to formal staff consultation, but the site has seen a noticeable downturn in work, with so many orders for new trains and less refurbishment work. The Unite union, which represents around a third of the staff, called the closure notice “a crushing blow”. A Wabtec spokesperson said: “Decisions like this are never easy but over the past few years, our site has experienced reduced volume and this decrease is no longer sustainable. “The decision to close the…

1 min.
delayed review becomes the williams-shapps plan for rail

WITH the rail review by former British Airways chairman Keith Williams more than 18 months overdue, it has emerged the report has a new name and a co-author. Although the report has been delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic, during which time the Government has taken all rail franchises in-house, in a House of Commons question on April 20, Rachel Maclean, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Transport, said: “We are also currently preparing the Williams-Shapps Plan For Rail to deliver a more efficient, affordable and greener rail network, and a bold and ambitious Transport Decarbonisation Plan to achieve net zero emissions.” Rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris confirmed the Government intends on publishing a White Paper with plans for rail reform “soon”, but gave no further indication on timescales.…

2 min.
signalling fault caused dalwhinnie hst derailment

THE derailment of a Scotrail HST set at Dalwhinnie in the early hours of April 10 was caused by a signalling fault, an RAIB statement concludes. The five-car set, known as HA19, was being operated as an overnight test train between Perth and Tomatin, using power cars Nos. 43012 and 43015 to check stepping distances, so there were no passengers on board; just five crew, who were uninjured. The train had left Perth at 23.10, and was booked to call at all stations in each direction, arriving at Tomatin at 02.08. It was returning south on time at 02.12 and running some 50 mins early on its way back to Perth when the derailment of a bogie on the last trailer and both on the rear power car took place. It occurred on…

4 min.
railadventure launches british operation with modified hst power cars

GERMAN operator RailAdventure is entering the UK market and has acquired eight Class 43 HST power cars, six of which will be modified as ‘double’ locomotives for test trains and stock transfers. The Munich-based specialist in train testing and new rolling stock movements has established a partnership with Hanson & Hall Rail Services, of Derby, which owns Class 50 No. 50008 Thunderer and recently added No. 31106 to its main line fleet. Former Grand Central buffer-fitted power cars Nos. 43480 and 43484 were unveiled in RailAdventure’s two-tone grey livery at Eastleigh Works on April 19. They will be joined by Nos. 43423/465/467/468 and formed into three double locomotives. Ex-LNER Nos. 43296 and 43308 have also been acquired for spares. Before entering service the power cars will be prepared by Arlington Fleet Group at…

1 min.
summer ‘staycation express’ timings released

TIMINGS for the 2021 ‘Staycation Express’, which is due to operate between July 17 and September 9, have been released by Rail Charter Services after validation by Network Rail. New for 2021, RCS will provide an enhanced catering buffet-counter and options for premium at-seat dining. An on-board guide will also be available to provide a limited commentary as the train passes the many points of interest that punctuate the rail line. Recently Rail Charter Services indicated that the maintenance schedule for the HST set could require it to be taken out of service for a week in August, with loco-hauled stock being used in its place. However, a change in the maintenance programme being explored is likely to enable the HST to run throughout the season. Tickets, which will include offers to use…