The Railway Magazine

The Railway Magazine

August 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 期號


3 最少
something old, something new…

OUR ever-changing railways are illustrated no better than by three of our feature articles this month that cover something old, something new, and something being reborn. The ‘new’ is the incredible work being done at Calvert, Buckinghamshire, that was until recently a railway backwater served only by trains to the waste terminal, but is now a key location on two new main lines. Historically, it was where the Great Central Railway crossed the London North Western Railway’s ‘Varsity’ Line – but soon it will be where HS2 passes under East West Rail, and is also the location for a future HS2 maintenance depot. The scale of construction is already impressive, but we will be back over the months and years to keep tabs on progress until the first trains start running…

7 最少
bright future for post-c ovid rail freight growth

ALTHOUGH the forecast for passenger numbers in the recovery from Covid-19 is gloomy, a different picture has emerged for freight operations. The growth in online shopping has increased the need for rail served distribution centres to provide capacity for imported goods received from ports. Rail has benefitted from this trend and despite the economic disruption caused by the pandemic, statistics published by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) show that intermodal traffic recovered to a level above the previous year in the six months to March 2021. Intermodal now top Total rail traffic moved in 2020/21 was 15.16 billion net tonne kilometres (ntk), with intermodal the largest single component at 6.29bn ntk. The haulage of coal fell by 44% to just 0.21bn ntk, indicating the insignificant contribution it now makes to overall…

2 最少
european lines wrecked by heavy rains and flooding

RECORD rainfall that led to devastating floods hit Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland in mid-July, leaving sections of those countries’ railway systems in ruins. A slow-moving, low-pressure weather system over the region saw two months of average rainfall (around 10in/25cm) in just two days. With rainfall in the mountainous Ardennes and Eifel regions, as well as the Rhur, water ran down mountain and valley sides, creating a torrent which swept through towns and villages. Some of the worst flooding occurred in Belgium, where the Meuse broke its banks from the Dutch border through to Liege. Belgian infrastructure owner Infrabel said rail traffic in large parts of Wallonia was suspended, and it was prioritising repairs. Some services had returned by the end of July, but others were not expected to be back…

3 最少
hybrid class 37 project among ‘first of a kind’ funding round

A PROGRAMME to demonstrate the potential for converting main line diesel locomotives to hybrid electric power is to benefit from almost £400,000 of funding from the latest round of the Department for Transport’s ‘First of a Kind’ (FOAK) competition. Meteor Power Ltd entered the railway sector having built on years of experience in racing and developing superbikes and high-performance engine upgrades. Thanks to FOAK funding in 2019, the business – based at Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire – completed a hybrid rebuild of Class 08 shunting locomotive No. 08649. It featured a generator-charged battery pack, which is also capable of storing energy from regenerative braking, and resulted in a locomotive claimed to have more precise control and up to twice the power of a traditional Class 08. Meteor Power chief executive Mike Edwards…

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other foak funding winners

THE Tarmac cement sidings at Dunbar on the East Coast Main Line will play host to a nine-month trial of moveable overhead electrification, allowing trains to arrive and depart on electric power – but also retract to allow for safe loading and unloading. Led by London-based engineering firm Furrer+Frey GB, the initiative aims to show the potential for reducing the use of diesel traction at freight terminals, and is one of 30 projects that will share a total of £9 million from FOAK. Others include a scheme to re-engineer a Class 66 locomotive to operate on biogas and hydrogen (see also Traction & Stock news), a seating and carriage layout that can be reconfigured according to passenger volume and needs, and electromagnetic technology to make braking more predictable when railhead conditions are…

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former ryde pier drewry railcar rebuild completed

THE Isle of Wight Steam Railway (IoWSR) took delivery of the reconstructed former Ryde Pier Tramway Drewry Railcar No. 2 on June 25. The same day, it completed two successful full-line length tests runs. It has since undergone further tests and driver training before entering passenger service. The horse-worked Ryde Pier Tramway opened in 1864, later to be paralleled by the main line steam railway serving the pierhead from 1880. Various traction methods were tried on the half-mile line, including steam and electric, before two petrol-engined cars were introduced in 1927, with No. 2 fitted with a replacement 30hp Perkins diesel in 1959. However, the tramway closed on January 26, 1969. Car No. 2 was acquired by the Island Vintage Transport Group and removed from the pier in February 1970, joining the…