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Seven Major Schemes To Deliver £3.5bn ‘Midlands Rail Engine’
RAIL services across the Midlands could be transformed if regional transport body Midlands Connect gets backing for its‘revolutionary' £3.5billion proposals. Consuming the lion’s share of the investment is the planned £2bn Midlands Rail Hub in Birm
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RPSI Cuts Frames For New-build LMS-NCC ‘W’ Class Mogul
THE first steps in the re-creation of one of H P Stewart’s LMS-NCC ‘W’class 2-6-0 have been taken by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI) with the cutting of the locomotive’s 33ft-long main frame plates. The machined plates were deliv
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From The Railway Magazine Archives
DISTINCT encouragement has always been given by the London Underground Railways to the staff at those stations where it is possible to cultivate gardens to do so. There is no doubt that the public appreciate this policy and that the staff take a keen
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RIDDLES ‘5MT’ No. 73156 will make its first visit away from its Great Central Railway (GCR) home on October 11-13 to take part in the Swanage Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala. The reciprocal visit follows the visit of Swanage-based ‘T9’No. 30120 to the
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ECML Deserted For Bank Holiday Engineering Work
STARK warnings to passengers about avoiding the East Coast Main Line (ECML) over the August Bank Holiday weekend appear to have done their job as Network Rail completed major work as planned at several locations. On August 24 and 25, engineers work
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Smoke Effects
FAR and away the finest railway picture ever painted, in the opinion of many, is Turner's Rain, Steam, and Speed. It would be an impertinence even to praise so great a work, let alone to criticise it; but if I could help anyone to appreciate and enjo
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Moveable Platforms
ONE of the characteristics of British railway operation from very early years has been the provision of platforms, now normally 3ft 1½in above rail level but in past times often lower, in order to enable passengers to board the carriages at footboard
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RM Publisher Mortons Adds Renowned Silver Link Publishing To Its Books Business
MORTONS Media Group, publishers of The RM, has acquired the renowned rail, maritime and road transport book publisher Silver Link Publishing. The acquisition will become part of the recently launched Mortons Books business. Silver Link has produc
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RSSB Raises Concern Over Increasing Trend Of SPADs
THE Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB) is questioning whether the industry is taking enough action to prevent SPADs (signals passed at danger). According to the RSSB, there were 41 reported SPADs during July, the highest monthly number since Octo
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Train Test London Overground Class 710
Class 710 is the first variant of Bombardier’s ‘Aventra’ family to enter traffic. A £260 million contract to build 45 four-car trains was awarded in July 2015, with an option for 24 more four-car sets, plus a further option to extend some or all unit
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The RCTS: Then And Now
IN 2017 the Railway Observer began to record the entry into service of the Hitachi-built Class 800 bi-mode units out of Paddington on GWR services, followed in 2019 by LNER units working on the East Coast Main Line. The latter’s entry into service
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Leeds-built Locos Show Their Mettle At Blaenavon Gala
LOCOMOTIVES from two of Leeds best-known manufacturers stole the show at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway’s (P&BR) gala on September 13-15. The event also included a homecoming of sorts for one of the participants. The Built in Leeds-themed even
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YOUNG people in apprenticeships across the Liverpool City Region can now take advantage of half-price train travel to reach their workplaces. The Apprentice Travelcard is available to apprentices aged 19-24, and could lead to savings of £680 a year
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Wagon Report
DB Stoke, formerly Marcroft Engineering, is carrying out general repairs to a range of stock owned by French leasing firm Ermewa Rail SA. Wagons being overhauled are mainly IHA hooded flats, used for the transport of steel coil from South Wales.
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British Railways And The January Floods
HIGH tides and severe gales are by no means uncommon on the East Coast of England, and in the Thames Estuary, but on the night of January 31, 1953 the two acted in concert to such an extent that the sea rose several feet higher than was predicted, wi
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Sixty Thousand Trippers A Day
RECENT pruning by British Railways of Blackpool’s rail facilities prompts a look at a former source of substantial revenue which regrettably would appear to have been lost for ever. Blackpool’s first rail connection dates from 1846, when the Preston
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Vivarail Trains For Isle Of Wight As Part Of £26m Investment
THE unique Island Line will remain a heavy rail-operated route thanks to an investment worth £26million to cover new trains, a new passing loop, new platform height, and other infrastructure changes. The news comes at the end of a four-and-a-half y
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Severn Valley To Benefit From Virgin Nameplate Auction
THE Severn Valley Railway and Kidderminster Railway Museum will benefit from an auction of nameplates from a number of Class 390 Virgin ‘Pendolino’sets. Virgin’s tenure of the franchise ends on December 8, with nameplates and nose crests from the f
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Newcastle Central
NEWCASTLE Central station is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. Its neo-classical frontage and sheer scale makes it particularly imposing. The curved roof led the way in the design of multi-span train sheds, and it is among just a h
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‘B1’ And Britannia For Bluebell’s ‘Giants’ Event
THOMPSON ‘B1’ No. 61306 Mayflower and pioneer BR Standard Pacific No. 70000 Britannia will ‘top the bill’ at the Bluebell Railway’s Giants of Steam Autumn Gala on October 11-13. For David Buck’s 4-6-0 it is a case of ‘second time lucky’ as the loco
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Waleswood Joins Chasewater Line Fleet
HUDSWELL, Clarke 0-4-0ST Waleswood (750/1906) has joined the Chasewater Railway’s operating fleet on long-term loan after more than 30 years out of action. The former Waleswood Colliery locomotive transferred from its restoration base at the Northa
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Your Railway Needs You!
group can bring lots of personal benefits such as special members-only running days, regular quarterly magazine updates, and invitations to meetings to determine a new direction for the organisation. Volunteering can give you a sense of pride, whet
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Former UK Electrics Have Mixed Fortunes In Bulgaria
BULGARIA remains the main user of ex-BR built electric locomotives, but the competitive nature of freight operations has led to mixed fortunes for the Class 86, 87 and 92s exported there. Operator Bulmarket has work for its well-maintained Class 87
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Electrification Of A Main Line
The electrification programme of the London Midland Region of British Railways is being followed by railway engineers throughout the world, much of the interest being centred on the problems involved and the methods adopted for their solution. The so
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London-Fishguard Car Carrier Service
WESTERN Region's new ‘London-Irish Car Carrier’ train offers British Railways' cheapest ‘package-deal’ for the family motorist. The new train, carrying both cars and their passengers, will run during the coming holiday season between London (Kensingt
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