JULY 2018

Headline News

Siemens wins £1.5bn Piccadilly Line deal, West Coast Railways steps in to provide Windermere train service, CAF, Stadler and Vivarail share Transport for Wales train orders as part of £5bn new franchise plan, Two inquiries begin as Northern and GTR timetable chaos continues, Virgin Trains East Coast gives way to LNER, £100m rail test centre for South Wales?

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

66 Steam & Heritage

Industrial archaeologists uncover startling new evidence about the true age of ‘Killingworth Billy’, Gloucs-Warks feels the ‘Broadway effect’, Severn Valley’s end of steam commemoration, ‘Patriot’ boiler by end of year.

72 Industrial

73 Steam Portfolio

74 Irish

76 Narrow Gauge

78 Network

80 Miniature

81 Classic Traction

84 Classic Traction Portfolio

86 Railtours

90 World

93 Metro

94 Traction & Stock

First TPE Class 802 lands at Southampton, Class 153s for ScotRail luggage/bike vans, GBRf buys 16 Class 56s, West Midlands new DMUs to be Class 196, TPE scraps Class 68/Mk3 plan.

98 Traction Portfolio

101 Operations

106 Stock Update


12 Multiple Aspects

With Lord Berkeley.

12 Railways in Parliament

36 Subscription Offer

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46 Readers’ Platform

58 All Change

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.

108 Meetings

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 – Part 2

Keith Farr concludes his assessment of the pre-Grouping 4-4-0s performance with a look back at classic Midland, GCR, Scottish and Irish classes.

22 Freight Without Frontiers

Twenty years on from the introduction of the Class 66s, Ben Jones considers the impact of these EMD-built diesels on the railfreight industry in both the UK and Europe.

32 The Area Manager’s Diary

Former BR manager and TRM columnist John Heaton opens the pages of his diary, in which he kept a detailed record of events, good and bad.

38 The Franco-Crosti Story

Robert Humm charts the story of a brave experiment to increase the efficiency of Stephensonian steam locomotives and its development in Italy, Great Britain and elsewhere.

48 Alternative Fuels for Trains

With emissions from diesel engines becoming increasingly unpopular, Keith Fender looks at the various alternatives being developed and proposed for rail traction.

54 A Few Hours Driving a Quarry Hunslet

Cliff Thomas takes the controls of a preserved narrow gauge steam locomotive at Bressingham Steam Museum and finds it far from easy!

MAIN IMAGE: West Coast Type 3
No. 37669 thunders over Burneside Higher level crossing with the 15.20 Windermere-Oxenholme service on June 17. DAVE McALONE

INSET 1: 20 years of Class 66s. BEN JONES

INSET 2: The story of Franco-Crosti steam locomotives.

INSET 3: Australian solar-powered train – one of several alternatives to diesel.

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