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Crossrail Trial Running Gets Underway In Central London With Four Trains Per Hour
FOUR trains per hour have been operating through Crossrail’s central London tunnels since May 10 as the new railway gears up for full operation. The Trial Running programme will see train frequencies through 26 miles of tunnels increase to the planne
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New South Devon General Manager
ERNEST Elsworth-Wilson has been appointed as the the South Devon Railway’s new general manager. Ernie, 27, has been a volunteer on the South Devon Railway for over 15 years – including operating, permanent way and locomotive departments. After nearly
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RegioJet To Replace ČD And New Traxx In Use
CZECH private operator RegioJet won its third concession tender in April and will replace Czech Railways’ (ČD) Class 163 hauled push-pull trains running semi-fast trains on the ‘R23’ inter-regional route from Ústí nad Labem-západ and Kolín in Decembe
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Bahamas Booked For 10 London Tours!
COMPILED BY GARETH EVANS Call: 01507 529589 email: gevans@mortons.co.uk LMS ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596 Bahamas is set for a busy few months with 11 main line charters in the diary, the vast majority of which will see the popular 4-6-0 in London, plus a vis
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Where Is It? Our Pictorial Quiz, For Fun Only
IN last month’s issue, our mystery picture showed Aintree loco shed, Liverpool (code 27B from 1950-1963, then 8L), which closed in June 1967. The first depot on the site was built by the L&Y in 1866. The eight-road shed pictured was constructed in 19
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East Midlands Railway Begins Electric Services From Corby
COMPILED BY CHRIS MILNER Call: 01507 529589 email: cmilner@mortons.co.uk A NEW electric service between Corby and London, operated by East Midlands Railway (EMR), officially got underway on May 16. The service, operated by Class 360/1 EMUs, had a lo
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Rail Review: The Emperor’s New Clothes?
So there we have it. The Williams-Shapps has finally arrived and tells us in black and white what many of us knew was wrong with the railways – the style of privatisation adopted in the 1990s was flawed, and the fare-paying passenger was never at the
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Putting The Record Straight (rm May)
■ Our apologies to Gareth Jones for the incorrect picture credits on two of the images in the Talyllyn Railway feature on pages 48-54 in the May issue. In the same feature, the opening of the guest house was 2013, advises reader David Kay. ■
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‘Florence’ Launched As Chiltern Tunnelling Gets Underway
THE first of HS2’s giant Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) began digging its way north under the Chilterns on May 13. Named Florence by local schoolchildren in honour of Florence Nightingale, the 170m-long 2000-tonne TBM is the largest machine of its kin
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Action returns to Bredgar & Wormshill LR
AFTER a lengthy period of closure due to Covid-19 lockdowns and following the death of its founder Bill Best on April 9 last year, the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway held an Open Day on May 2. With the line now running under the guidance of Bill’s
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TfL Secures Funding Extension
TRANSPORT for London’s funding deal with the Government, which was due to expire on May 18, was extended for afurther 10 days at the last moment as negotiations on the details of a longer-term funding settlement continued. The £65 million top-up gran
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Wheel Progress Is Made On County Of Montgomery
THE Churchward County Trust (CCT) project to construct No. 3840 County of Montgomery has taken a significant step forward with the casting of the first pair of four 6ft 8½in coupled wheels. The first two wheels for the rear wheelset were cast at Tref
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Competition Winner To Formally Develop Design
COMPILED BY GRAEME PICKERING Call: 01507 529589 email: railway@mortons.co.uk EDINBURGH-BASED 7N Architects has won a competition held by Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects to encourage new approaches to station design. More t
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Cracks In Hitachi IET Sets Lead To Mass Cancellations
TWO major long distance operators, GWR and LNER, were thrown into chaos in the early hours of Saturday, May 8, as they were instructed to stop all movements of their Class 800, 801 and 802 units with immediate effect after the discovery of cracks dur
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Main Line Return For Unique Class 89 Is On Hold
PROTOTYPE AC electric loco, Class 89 No. 89001, completed low-speed movement testing at Soho depot, Birmingham (RM Dec. p75) on April 22. It returned by rail to the AC Locomotive Group’s base at Barrow Hill on May 9. During the testing of the armatur
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Data guides Northern Class 195/331 solution
AN interim solution has been agreed to deal with the cracks found in the yaw damper mounting brackets on the CAF Class 195 and 331 sets at Northern. This has been supported by data provided from strain gauges fitted to No. 195002, which carried out a
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T&W Depot Project Enters Next Phase
COMPILED BY PAUL BICKERDYKE Call: 01507 529589 email: railway@mortons.co.uk WORK on laying new track foundations for the Tyne & Wear Metro’s new £70 million depot at South Gosforth in Newcastle is to start during June. The current depot at the site
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Sidelines
BILL Parker’s Kerr, Stuart 0-4-0WT Willy (3063/1918) moved to the Barry Tourist Railway on April 23 as the line’s second resident steam loco. The former National Shipyard, Chepstow, loco worked the line’s reopening brakevan rides on May 2 and will sh
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Operations
COMPILED BY ASHLEY BUTLIN Call: 01507 529589 email: railway@mortons.co.uk CONSIDERABLE engineering works have been taking place on the WCML in Scotland. After the closure of service on Saturday, April 17, work took place between Symington and Thanke
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£3.6m Bridge Lift Underway
WORK to raise a bridge on the Cambrian Line which has been repeatedly flooded is expected to be completed in late June. The £3.6 million project aims to resolve a problem dating back over 30 years, which has seen large sections of the route between M
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Ex-marstons Brewery Loco On The Cusp Of Long-awaited Foxfield Comeback
THE long-awaited return to steam of Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST Marston, Thompson & Evershed No. 3 (3581/1924) occurred at the Foxfield Railway on May 10. The former Burton upon Trent brewery locomotive has been the subject of a lengthy restoration by th
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Freight Revival At Tinsley As New Container Depot Opens
COMPILED BY BEN JONES Call: 01507 529589 email: railway@mortons.co.uk NEWELL & Wright’s container depot on the site of the old Tinsley Yard is now open, and welcomed its first train on May 5. Although some trains ran to a temporary facility last yea
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Port Talbot Coke Hauled By DB Cargo
A NEW weekly flow of coke nuts has commenced from Newport Docks to Tata Steel’s Port Talbot plant in South Wales. Each 21-wagon train carries 1,500 tonnes of the imported product, which is used in the steel-making process, removing 50 heavy lorries f
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Tom Williams’ Pictures Evoke So Many Memories Of Steam Days
MOST recently I very much enjoyed the article on Tom Williams railway photography in the April edition. The photo of Royal Lancer taken on June 2, 1962 gave me special pleasure. That summer Saturday was my 13th birthday. Having by then grown out of b
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HS2 Signs R&D Agreement
ON May 14 HS2 Ltd signed an agreement with leading infrastructure research centres in UK universities, which will enable it to access world-leading research capability, knowledge and facilities. The agreement with the UK Collaboratorium for Research
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Repaint for No. 671
WORK is underway to repaint the Fylde Transport Trust’s Blackpool tram, No. 671, which was moved from Blackpool Transport’s Rigby Road depot to the North West Museum of Road Transport in St Helens on April 18. The single-deck car, which last ran in B
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£2.5b Benefit To Economy, Says New Rail Freight Report
A NEW report has concluded that rail freight contributes £2.5 billion in economic and social benefits to the UK every year, with the highest benefits in the north of England, Wales and Scotland. The report, prepared by Deloitte for the Rail Delivery
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£28m Rockfall Shelter Work Expected To Start In August
CONSTRUCTION of a 209m-long extension to a rockfall shelter over the railway between Dawlish and Holcombe is expected to begin in August after Network Rail was granted approval by Teignbridge District Council. Morgan Sindall Infrastructure has been a
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‘Heavy Freight’ Reaches Frame Milestone
THE major overhaul of GWR ‘2884’ 2-8-0 No. 3850 at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) has taken a significant step forward with the alignment of the new front end to the mainframes. “We’ve built a complete new front end in the work
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Work Begins On New EMR Aurora Fleet
WORK to construct the 33 five-car Class 810 ‘Aurora’ bi-mode trains for East Midlands Railway is underway at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe site. Unlike previous fleets, where finished bodyshells were received from Kasado, Japan, investment at the Newton
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