Contents August 2011. No. 1,324. Vol 157. A journal of record since 1897
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MAIN IMAGE: The first Class 92 to be repainted into DB Schenker red is No. 92009, seen near Charing with an Ebange (France) to Scunthorpe service on June 1. BRIAN STEPHENSON
An artist’s impression of the new Thameslink trains that will be built by Siemens. See page 7
Siemens wins Thameslink stock order; Derby Works’ future bleak; First revenue-earning freight on HS1; Coal trials on Weardale branch; Plan to re-engine Class 73; A1, A2, A3 and A4 in Barrow Hill ‘Fab Four’ line-up; New Glasgow museum opens.
INSET 1: ‘King’ No. 6023 on the first train at Dereham. ROBERT SCARFE INSET 2: Bombardier’s ‘Traxx’ P200 loco, which could be seen on Britain’s railways.
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62 Steam & Heritage Railmotor makes Didcot debut; Lydham Manor revealed in black; ‘Terriers’ in K&ESR commemoration. 72 Railtours First ERTMS charter operates; ‘Britannia’ woes continue; Non-stop run for 6201; Bristol’s bad weekend. 78 Traction & Stock Chiltern unveils new ‘Bubblecar’; Class 66 ‘shuﬄe’ continues; Merseyrail fined £85,000; Vossloh for DRS?
Baldwin on the battlefields. See page 88.
84 Network Norton Bridge solution unveiled; Royal Albert Bridge restoration begins; First Cotswold double track opens. 88 Narrow Gauge Baldwin returns to Somme battleground; Repatriated Marchlyn displayed at Statfold; Four visit Hollycombe. 92 Classic Traction Llangollen looks back to 1960s; First S&D service trains since 1966; Class 47 ‘IKB’ to be restored. 97 Metro 98 World Storms derail ‘La Trochita’; Latest Czech electric for VSOE; Dutch DMUs for Argentina. 100 Operations News A round-up of news from the train and freight operating companies. 107 Traction Update Scrapped, repainted, named or sold? Full details here.
27 Timetable Update 38 Multiple Aspects 39 Readers’ Platform Your lively letters page. 48 Subscriptions Oﬀer 55 Panorama A selection of the best in railway photography in our monthly showcase. 60 Reviews A selection of new books published. 86 Railways in Parliament 108 Meetings Details of railway society meetings near you.
A ‘Warship’ in battleship grey. See page 94.
109 Heritage Diary A comprehensive listing of the dates when heritage railways and steam centres operating this summer. 110 100 Years Ago A look back to what Britain’s senior rail title was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago. 113 Reader Services 114 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?
Above: A GALAXY OF RAILCAR STARS: A remarkable and historic line-up of railcars through the ages at the Great Western Society’s Didcot depot: From the recently-completed steam railmotor, which was publicly launched at the event, to the latest Chiltern Railways Class 172 ‘Turbostar’ No. 172014. The May 28 line-up includes a GWR autotrain, GWR railcar No. 22, first generation Class 121 ‘Bubblecar’ No. 121034 and second generation Class 166 ‘Turbo’ No. 166215. DARREN FORD
Right: A NEW SIDE TO FLYING SCOTSMAN: One of the new ‘sides’ to A3 Flying Scotsman in wartime black livery (as seen for the first time on last month’s front cover). The loco is numbered 103 on one side and 502 on the other and is pictured on the turntable in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum after its oﬃcial unveiling at York on May 27. CHRIS MILNER
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RAIL TITLE! Subscribe today and save money on every issue Call 0844 411 1111 or see page 48 for our latest oﬀers Features 14 ‘Deltics’ in Preservation Paul Bickerdyke tells the story of the six production ‘Deltic’ locos that survived into the preservation era. 20 50 Years of Railway Photography Inspired by getting his first railway photographs published in The RM in 1961, Brian Stephenson has become a top name. Here he shows some of his favourite photos during 50 years behind the camera.
30 A Ramble through the Wilderness Mick Alderman recalls ‘The Leicestershire Woldsman’ railtour from 1960, which traversed many of the now forgotten ironstone branches of the county. 42 Europe’s Mightiest Steam Loco Very little, outside France, has been written about Europe’s mightiest steam loco – which developed 5,000hp! Keith Farr sets the record straight.
47 Railfuture Most railway societies have historic underpinnings, but Peter Brown looks at one with its views and opinions very much in the future. 50 Steam’s Last Blast It’s 50 years since ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596 Bahamas was given a double chimney, but research suggests that the loco was a history-maker in more ways than one.
SURVIVORS: ‘Deltics’in preservation - p14
THROUGH A LENS: 50 years of lineside photos - p20 RAMBLE ON: Memories of a ‘60s railtour - p30
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