JUNE 2018

Headline News

LNER reborn as Grayling pulls the plug on Virgin Trains East Coast, massive May timetable change causes disruption on Northern and GTR, Network Rail launches digital railway strategy, former SWT and CAA chief named as new Network Rail CEO, discussions underway for London to Bordeaux high-speed services.

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

66 Steam & Heritage

Gloucs-Warks Broadway bridge suffers yet another lorry strike, Ashburton 50th anniversary reunion, No. 75027 back in green, KWVR ‘Mickey Mouse’ tank steams again, forgotten Furness Railway 0-4-0T to be restored, GCR gala delivers the goods.

71 Industrial

72 Irish

74 Steam Portfolio

78 Narrow Gauge

80 Classic Traction

83 Classic Traction Portfolio

85 Metro

86 Heritage Trams

88 Railtours

93 Railtour Portolio

94 World

96 Network

98 Traction & Stock

Stadler unveils first bi-mode ‘FLIRTs’ for Greater Anglia, Great Northern Class 717s on test in Germany, testing underway on new Class 385 windscreen designs, first Vivarail Class 230s being prepared for West Midlands Railway.

102 Stock Update

103 Traction Portfolio

105 Operations


12 Multiple Aspects

With Lord Berkeley.

12 Railways in Parliament

24 Subscription Offer

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42 Readers’ Platform

56 Meetings

60 Panorama

Our regular gallery of the best railway photography from around the world.

64 From The RM Archives

Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago.

110 Heritage Diary

Details of when Britain’s unique collection of heritage railways and railway museums are open.

122 Crossword & Where Is It?


14 Pre-Grouping Perfection

Keith Farr looks at the performances of pre-Grouping 4-4-0s, which still handled a considerable amount of passenger traffic under British Railways in the 1950s and 1960s.

22 Summer Timetable Changes

Ben Jones runs through the many service alterations that happened, or didn’t, at last month’s timetable change – the biggest for many years.

27 Night Tube: Late, but very successful

Peter Brown looks at the considerable planning and organisation that went into delivering
24-hour-a-day services on Transport for London’s Underground and Overground networks.

33 617 Publications so far…

Howard Johnston meets Vic Mitchell, a preservation pioneer, and owner and co-author of hundreds of Middleton Press books. Aged 84, he is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.

38 Safeguarding Britain’s Railway Heritage

No country in the world has a greater railway heritage than Britain. Ben Jones meets the experts working to ensure it is protected and gainfully employed.

44 Wonderful Memories of a Famous Railway Journey

Maurice Burns recounts more than 50 years of travelling over the Settle-Carlisle Line, memories of which form the basis of his new book,
A Passion for Steam on The Settle & Carlisle.

52 Rebuilding a Missing Cross-Pennine Link

After a long grassroots campaign, the Skipton to Colne line looks closer to reopening than ever before. Graeme Pickering takes a detailed look at the plans.

On the Cover

MAIN IMAGE: BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 No. 73156 steams past Woodthorpe on the Great Central Railway destined for Leicester North on May 20. ROBERT FALCONER

INSET 1: Another chance for Skipton to Colne?

INSET 2: Quadripartite arches restored at London Bridge. RHT

INSET 3: Formidable four-coupled performances in the 1950s. COLOUR-RAIL

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