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The Railway Magazine

September 2021

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.

United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
action needed, not just words

READERS will have struggled not to have seen and heard recently the many reports from around the world ofvarious weather-related natural disasters – from heavy rains and floods in Northern Europe, to extreme forest fires in California and Australia, and many other devastating events elsewhere. Most people would agree that climate change is driving the frequency of these events, and the general scientific consensus is that it is mostly man-made climate change caused by burning fossil fuels. It feels there is a growing recognition of mankind’s role now, with many industrialised countries committing to some kind of a change. Our own UK Government has set ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions in 2030 by at least 68% from 1990 levels, and by 78% in 2035 on our way to achieving net…

2 min
government urged to commit to hydrogen train fleets

THE Railway Industry Association (RIA) says ministers must make an immediate commitment to ordering hydrogen-powered trains. Commenting on the publication of the Government’s hydrogen strategy, the RIA – which represents over 300 businesses in the railway supply sector – welcomed the plans, but added that they needed to be followed-up with action to support green jobs and investment across the country. RIA technical director David Clarke said: “Network Rail has identified that up to 1300 kilometres of railway lines will require hydrogen trains in order to achieve the Government’s ‘Net Zero by 2050’ goal. Yet, as we say in RIA’s Rail Decarbonisation Campaign 21, if we are to successfully decarbonise our rail network we need to get started today, in 2021, both electrifying railway lines and beginning the production of hydrogen and…

4 min
gwsr seeks trackbed assurances

HOPES of transferring the trackbed of the closed line from Broadway to Honeybourne to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) has hit a stumbling block because the Department for Transport (DfT) is refusing to sanction the transfer. The reason relates to a covenant over future maintenance of bridges. Back in the mid-1980s, British Rail’s Property Board offered the trackbed to the railway for £5, but because of circumstances at the time, the offer was not taken up. Several years ago, the 4½- mile trackbed was transferred by the DfT to Railway Paths Limited (RPL), a subsidiary of Sustrans funded by the Department. RPL has decided the trackbed no longer fits its current plans and, with disposal in mind, approached the GWSR knowing its intentions to reopen to Honeybourne. RPL has undertaken minimum…

2 min
floods cause further setback to island line revamp progress

FLOODING on the Isle of Wight in early August led to further delays in the completion of a £26m upgrade for the Island Line. Originally due to have been finished at the end of March, the project – funded by the Department for Transport, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and Isle of Wight Council – is claimed to be the biggest infrastructure transformation since the line’s electrification in 1967, along with the introduction of a new fleet of five Class 484 electric units to replace the 82-year-old Class 483 sets. The construction of a new passing loop at Brading (which will create capacity for a regular half-hourly service, providing better connections with ferries to and from the mainland), track improvements to give better ride quality, the raising of platforms for easier access to…

1 min
ticket machines back online after suspected cyber attack

NORTHERN has assured customers that no personal or payment information was compromised after a suspected cyber attack that led to some of its self-service ticket machines being out of use for five weeks. The issue was first identified in July, just two months after the completion of a £17m project by the train operator to install more than 600 of the ticket vending machines (TVMs) at stations across its network. Flowbird, which manages the TVM software, says it launched its major incident procedure and all of Northern’s TVMs were taken off-line as a precaution. Northern said it was continuing to work closely with Flowbird and was in the process of visiting all of the machines, which are installed at 420 locations, in order to ensure there were no ongoing issues. As of mid-August,…

1 min
150th anniversary for sutherland’s railway

HRH Prince Charles visited Dunrobin Castle station on August 8, to mark the 150th anniversary of The Duke of Sutherland’s railway. The railway is claimed to be the only part of the national rail network to have been planned, financed and opened by one person. Running from Golspie to Helmsdale, and now part of the Far North Line between Inverness and Wick/Turso, it opened on May 16, 1871. Dunrobin station, including platform and building, remains in the ownership of the Sutherland Estate, and is believed to be the only such station on the network. Prince Charles was presented to the Earl of Sutherland and joined a reception where he met representatives of the railway industry before touring the station with the honorary station master Daniel Brittain-Catlin. The station serves Dunrobin Castle, near the village…