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Contents

July 2009. No. 1,299. Vol 155. A journal of record since 1897

Headline News Streamlined ‘Coronation’ Pacifi c unveiled; Sir Richard Branson outlines his 2020 vision; Carriage delivery dates slip; Welsh Highland opens another section; Consultation launched on electrifi cation; Accident fi gures prove safety of railway; plus a four-page report on the Eastleigh Works centenary weekend.

Right: Chinese enter London Midland race – see p9.

On the cover

MAIN IMAGE : An iconic cover for an iconic image . . . a frontend view of the newly-streamlined Duchess of Hamilton. See p6. JOHN WHITEHOUSE

INSET : Class 50 No. 50135 Ark Royal in its striking Loadhaul livery at Eastleigh. PAUL BICKERDYKE

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28 Readers’ Platform More letters from readers, including one from a man hassled by station staff simply for carrying cameras.

31 Location, Location, Location Our linesider’s guide tells you how to reach the best locations for railway photography.

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39 Heritage Diary Where to go for steam and classic traction this summer 42 Reviews A selection of book and DVD reviews.

46 Events Diary A summary of club meetings and fi lm shows.

106 Prize Crossword Your chance to win £100 worth of books in our popular prize quiz.

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our latest offers An overall view of The Railway Magazine-promoted open days at Eastleigh Works, showing the range and depth of traction on display over the weekend of May 23-25. (Note the four Bulleid Pacifi cs on the left.) This picture was deliberately taken at a quiet time in the evening to show the exhibits more effectively, but the event attracted a huge total crowd of 19,000. See pages 10-14. COLIN BOOCOCK

rd Your monthly news digest

64 Steam & Heritage Kent & East Sussex celebrates 35 years; Tornado stars at NYMR gala; Thousands welcome Tangmere to Swanage; Maroon for Stanier 8F. 74 Railtours Tornado to fl y around Kent; ‘King’ below par. 78 Narrow Gauge Horse-worked freight at Corris; Baldwin back in Wales after 70 years. 80 Miniature News New line at Cranmore; Dobwalls rejection. 81 Traction & Stock Class 380 mock-up unveiled; GE invests $100m in hybrid technology; Class 20s stored. 89 Network £7.6m makeover for Rotherham; Arriva supports Kenilworth; Wrexham opts for fi xed price fares. 91 Classic Traction Dartmoor Railway reopens; ‘Western’ for GCR. 94 World News Indian heritage steam at risk; Iraqi revival begins. 95 Operations Our monthly round-up of news from the train operating companies. 101 Disposals and Stock Spot Repainted, sold or scrapped? Find it here.

Features 18 A Friend in a High Place In an exclusive interview, Transport Minister Lord Adonis talks candidly to Editor Nick Pigott about his proposals – and his passion – for railways.

22 Fairlie Unusual Robert Humm looks at some of the more quirky variants of the Fairlie patent double-bogie design.

34 VHF – on the right wavelength John Heaton samples Virgin’s new VHF (very high frequency) timetable with nine departures an hour from London.

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u p t r a i n m u s t o b s e r v e 7 5 m p h o n t h e B i r d s w o o d fl y o v e r a n d i n fi l t r a t e t h e i n t e n s i v e u p s e r v i c e . T h e W a t f o r d J c t C o v e n t r y s e c t i o n a v e r a g e s 1 0 5 . 6 m p h t o s i t t h i r d i n m y c o r r e s p o n d e n t ’ s l e a g u e t a b l e . O n a r e c e n t t r i p t o C o v e n t r y , a c c o m p a n i e d b y m y c o l l e a g u e K e i t h F a r r , w e e n j o y e d a s p l e n d i d r u n w i t h t h e 1 0 . 2 3 f r o m E u s t o n . S t a r t i n g ½ m i n l a t e a n d l o s i n g a f u r t h e r ½ m i n t o t w o m i n o r t e m p o r a r y s p e e d r e s t r i c t i o n s ( T S R s ) b e f o r e t h e W a t f o r d J c t s t o p , t h e d r i v e r w a s t h e n f a c e d w i t h a 1 1 0 m p h T S R a t C a s t l e t h o r p e a n d a n 8 0 m p h T S R a t B a n b u r y L a n e . W i t h t h e h e l p o f 2 m i n r e c o v e r y a n d ½ m i n p a t h i n g , w e s h o t t h r o u g h R u g b y 1 m i n e a r l y a t f u l l s p e e d a n d , w i t h a f u r t h e r 1 m i n r e c o v e r y a l l o w a n c e , r e a c h e d C o v e n t r y 2 m i n e a r l y i n 4 0 m i n 3 2 s e c – a n e w R a i l w a y P e r f o r m a n c e S o c i e t y ( R P S ) r e c o r d . S e e T a b l e 1 .

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t i l t i s o l a t e d u n i t s t o t h e s e t r a i n s . L e a v i n g C o v e n t r y ½ m i n e a r l y o n w o r k i n g t i m e s t h e r e w a s a 7 5 m p h T S R a t B l e t c h l e y b u t w e w e r e o n l y 3 m i n l a t e a t W a t f o r d J c t . A f u r t h e r 2 m i n a l l o w a n c e b r o u g h t u s i n t o E u s t o n 1 ½ m i n l a t e o n w o r k i n g t i m e s b u t ½ m i n e a r l y o n t h e a d v e r t i s e d s c h e d u l e d e s p i t e h a v i n g s u c h a t i g h t l y t i m e d i n t e r m e d i a t e s e c t i o n . T a b l e 2 s h o w s a t i l t i n g t r a i n b e a t i n g t h e 4 2 ½ m i n s c h e d u l e , t i m e d b y R P S m e m b e r D a v i d A d a m s . T h e r e a r e m a n y w h o c o n s i d e r s u c h d i f f e r e n t i a l s t o b e ‘ f e a t h e r b e d d i n g ’ a l l o w i n g m a n i p u l a t i o n o f t h e P u b l i c P e r f o r m a n c e M e a s u r e ( P P M ) fi g u r e s , b u t r e a s o n a b l e a m o u n t s c a n b e j u s t i fi e d . T h e a l t e r n a t i v e o f i n c l u d i n g r e c o v e r y t i m e a p p r o a c h i n g b u s y t e r m i n a l s c a n i m p a i r c a p a c i t y , t h e d e n s i t y o f t h e s e r v i c e c a n p r e v e n t g a t h e r i n g t i m e i n h a n d b y e a r l y r u n n i n g a n d m i n o r p e r t u r b a t i o n s c a n e a s i l y r e s u l t i n t r a i n s s l i p p i n g b a c k o n e p a t h . W i t h s u c c e s s i v e t r a i n s o n 3 m i n h e a d w a y s , i n t h e c a s e o f t h e E u s t o n a p p r o a c h , w o r k i n g a n d p u b l i c

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ON THE RIGHT LINES: Virgin’s VHF timetable – p34

41 A New Inspector on ‘the Special’ In an exclusive interview, Phil Marsh talks to Stephen Cornish, the outgoing head of special trains at Network Rail . . . and also to Rachel Gilliland, the woman taking over from him in one of top heritage rail jobs in the land.

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B u t L o r d A d o n i s s e e m s d i f f e r e n t . N o t o n l y w a s h e r e f r e s h i n g l y f o r t h c o m i n g i n m o s t o f h i s r e p l i e s b u t I g a i n e d t h e d i s t i n c t i m p r e s s i o n t h a t ( a t l o n g l a s t ! ) w e h a v e s o m e o n e i n a u t h o r i t y w h o h a s a p e r s o n a l i n t e r e s t i n t r a i n s a s w e l l a s a p r o f e s s i o n a l o n e . H e i s g e n u i n e l y e n t h u s i a s t i c i n t h e r a i l n e t w o r k a n d w a n t s i t t o s u c c e e d . T h e f a c t t h a t h i s b r i e f a l s o i n c l u d e s r e s p o n s i b i l i t y f o r t h e U K ’ s t r u n k r o a d n e t w o r k m a k e s t h a t p a s s i o n a l l t h e m o r e r e m a r k a b l e . H o w l o n g A n d r e w w i l l b e g i v e n t o u s e h i s p e r s u a s i v e c h a r m s o n T r a n s p o r t S e c r e t a r y G e o f f H o o n a n d P r i m e M i n i s t e r G o r d o n B r o w n r a t h e r d e p e n d s o n t h e m o o d o f t h e e l e c t o r a t e n e x t y e a r , b u t ‘ F r i e n d s i n H i g h P l a c e s ’ a r e e x t r e m e l y v a l u a b l e a t a n y t i m e a n d f o r t h e m o m e n t , h e i s p r e s s i n g o n w i t h a n e n e r g y a n d a v i g o u r t h a t h a s t o b e a d m i r e d . I n h i s r e l a t i v e l y s h o r t t i m e a t t h e D e p a r t m e n t f o r T r a n s p o r t , h e h a s s h o w n h i m s e l f t o b e u n a f r a i d t o c r i t i c i s e N e t w o r k R a i l a n d t r a i n o p e r a t i n g c o m p a n i e s , h a s c h a m p i o n e d p a s s e n g e r s ’ r i g h t s a n d r e c e n t l y s u r p r i s e d r a i l f a n s a n d p o l i t i c i a n s a l i k e b y u n d e r t a k i n g a w e e k l o n g ‘ f a c t fi n d i n g ’ t o u r o f m a i n l i n e s a n d b r a n c h e s – t r a v e l l i n g o n a £ 3 7 5 A l l L i n e s

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43 Panorama ‘People Special’ This month, our photography showcase makes a departure from the norm, featuring some of the people who make the railways tick and without whom, no trains would run. We include black & white photos from the ‘good old days’ too .

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R a i l T o u r e r s ’ G u i d e 2 0 0 9 R a i l T o u r e r s ’ R a i l T o u r e r s ’ R a i l T o u r e r s ’ R a i l T o u r e r s ’ G u i d e 2 0 0 9 G u i d e 2 0 0 9 47 Rail Tourers’ Guide 2009 Despite the recession, the number of rail holiday adverts placed this summer has hit an all-time high, necessitating this special 16-page supplement.

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