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The Heart of Midlothian
Steam in Tuscany
Sardinia and the Emerald Coast
Saturday 18th April ‘09
The Heart of Midlothian will provide an excellent opportunity to relax by taking a steam hauled excursion to the historic City of Edinburgh. The train wiil start at Huddersfield and pick-up at Dewsbury, Leeds and York. We will be steam hauled from York to Edinburgh by 6201 Princess Elizabeth. A diesel locomotive will return the train to the joining stations.
Saturday 25th April toSaturday 2nd May ‘09
Europe is indebted to Tuscany for its extraordinary contribution to our culture. So why not join us for a visually stunning tour across some of Italy’s most artistic and beautiful regions? And, of course, travel along some of Tuscany’s many delightful railways.
Tuesday 5th May to Thursday 14th May ‘09 Sunday 17th to Tuesday 26th May ‘09 Saturday 17th to Monday 26th October ‘09
D H Lawrence wrote that the Italian island of Sardinia had been left outside of time and history. Sardinia’s spectacular scenery, ancient roots, friendly locals and amazing little railways make this Italian island a truly magical place to visit. A mountainous place about the size of Wales, Sardinia has a beguiling coastline and, inland, narrow gauge railways run for more than 450 miles through beautiful countryside.
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The Railway Touring Company The New 2009-2010 Brochure is now available
OOur new 92 page brochure packed with all our latest UK, Europe and World steam rail tours is available now.
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All of the new tours will also be available to view on the web site and we’ll be adding even more very soon!
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New trains lead to bitter-sweet news
“It’s just a shame that so many of the positives in the UK have to be soured by a negative”
THE announcement that Britain’s railways are to receive an allnew fl eet of inter-city trains – the most valuable order ever – should have been a massive ‘good news’ story for the country’s national newspapers, but as is so often the case in the UK, it had to be tempered by a negative. On the one hand was the fantastic news that the Government has agreed to invest so heavily in our nation’s railways. On the other, disappointment that the main part of the IEP ‘Super Express’ contract is to go to a Japanese builder and not to one with a base in Derby. I don’t recall there being quite such a hue & cry when Hitachi won the ‘Javelin’ contract a few years ago, but the difference now, of course, is that the economy has slipped into recession and thousands of British workers are being thrown out of work, so it is understandable for the public to perceive February’s announcement as ‘bitter-sweet’. It would be stupid, bordering on churlish, to chide when such phenomenal and much-needed investment is being made in the rail system, so I’m not going to. I would merely point out that it seems a shame that our leaders also had within their grasp the power to support the last proper train-building factory in a nation once known as ‘the railway workshop of the world’ . . . yet chose not to seize it. Instead, they handed Bombardier a much smaller consolation prize. True, Hitachi is to erect a small assembly plant in England to bolt the new trains together, but the company itself says it may need only 300 or so people to do that work – a fi gure in stark contrast to the Government’s claim that 12,500 jobs will be “created or safeguarded”. Ministers evaded questions on how many would be British, but you can take it that much of the UK contingent will be created by the 20year maintenance deal that follows, not by the manufacturing process. As there was reportedly little to choose between the bids of the two rival consortia, the small print in them will bear some fascinating scrutiny one day. For the moment, the Government’s lack of transparency in these matters is disconcerting. AT the other extreme of the patriotism scale, I found my chest bursting with British pride on February 7 as I sped through ‘Christmas card’ scenes of snow and sunshine on the maiden public run of the fi rst express steam locomotive to be built in this country for more than half a century. A1 No. 60163 performed faultlessly on its fi rst-ever foray along the ‘Great Northern’ stamping ground of its East Coast ancestors, watched by tens of thousands of well-wishers – but it was at King’s Cross that the full impact of this magnifi cent project really hit home when a crowd estimated at more than 2,000 thronged the station to witness the engine’s arrival. This was truly history in the making. The RM takes its hat off to everyone who helped make it happen. WE have some excellent news of our own too. I am delighted to report that The Railway Magazine has won market leadership for a second year running and also increased its circulation. Our new audited sale of 35,100 copies per month (up from 34,661 last year) means that the gap between ourselves and our closest rival – which lost sales – has widened to almost 3,000. For this to happen in a recession really is remarkable, so a huge vote of thanks to you all for helping to make it happen.
NICK PIGOTT, Editor
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