Features 14 The end of WSMR
With the demise of Wrexham & Shropshire, we ask whether there is a future for ‘minnows’ in open access operations. 18 The Storming Standard Fives
In part one of a two-part Practice & Performance, Keith Farr looks at a fleet of locos often overlooked by historians.
29 SouthEastern, Far Eastern
Paul Bickerdyke visits the Hitachi depot at Ashford, where maintenance benefits from both Japanese and British harmony. 34 On Parallel Lines
A new book featuring unseen photos of BR steam has just been published, and the cornucopia of images is previewed by The RM.
40 Ghost Trains
Mark Chatterton investigates the ‘ghost trains’ that appear in the National timetable creating a railway ‘twilight’ zone. 49 Back Burners Update
The response to the stationary boilers feature has resulted in a wealth of new information coming to light and is collated by Nick Pigott.
AS GOOD AS A BRITANNIA? Standard Fives analysed - p18
STEAM REMEMBERED: From the footplate - p34
RAILWAY’S TWILIGHT ZONE: Timetabled ghost trains - p40
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