Contents December 2011. No. 1,328. Vol 157. A journal of record since 1897
Abellio wins Greater Eastern franchise; Cargo-D goes into Administration; Former Flying Scotsman owner dies; Financial woes at Fairbourne; ORR has issues over ‘Pacers’; More passengers since 1920s; Long Marston becomes newest heritage rail centre.
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MAIN IMAGE: Freshly outshopped at Eastleigh Works after repaining in yellow Network Rail livery by Arlington Fleet Services is former Virgin ‘Thunderbird’ No. 57312. See page 7. CARL WATSON INSETS: Top: What a line-up! All seven surviving ‘Deltic’s at ‘Locomotion’ on October 7. RICHARD LILLIE Below: Destined for preservation but cut up was Highland Railway 4-4-0 No. 54398 Ben Alder. See page 18. COLOUR RAIL
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Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 No. 828 was the star of the Severn Valley Railway’s gala. See page 62.
62 Steam & Heritage ‘Caley’ 0-6-0 wows Severn Valley crowds; S&D theme at GCR gala; Steam to return to Hunsbury Hill. 73 Railtours ‘Help for Heroes’ special postponed; Charity train raised £40,000; ‘Belles’ mobile wine-and-dine shop. 78 Traction & Stock ECML performance pinned on ‘Project Falcon’; LM Class 150 cascade details; Transfesa buys Class 58s.
83 Traction Update Scrapped, repainted, named or sold? Full details here. 86 Freight 88 Network Blackfriars to be biggest solar bridge; New frontage for Glasgow Queen St; Community Rail Award winners. 91 Narrow Gauge Hunslet ladies crowned ‘Queens of Hills’; Axle failure caused Bure Valley derailment; Dinorwic wagon restored. 94 Classic Traction ‘Deltic’ 55002 is back; 4-COR carries passengers; ‘Grid’ debuts at Mid-Norfolk; ‘Chopper’ back at Wirksworth. 97 Metro 98 World Daily Germany-China freight launched; High speed in Morroco; Railjets find new home. 100 Operations News A round-up of news from the train and freight operating companies.
32 Subscriptions Oﬀer 43 Reviews 56 Panorama Our monthly showcase of some of the best images in railway photography. 60 Platform Your lively monthly letters page. 107 100 Years Ago What Britain’s senior rail tile was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago. 108 Meetings Details of railway society meetings near you. 109 Heritage Diary A comprehensive listing of dates when heritage railways and steam centres will run Santa Specials.
Back in service to mark the 50th anniversary of the production ‘Deltics’ is the NRM’s No. 55002. See page 94.
113 Reader Services 114 Prize Crossword 114 Where Is It?
Making one of its final appearances in unlined BR black before overhaul and repainting back to one of its earlier liveries is Robinson-designed O4 2-8-0 No. 63601, seen heading north past Kinchley Lane on the Great Central Railway, backed by a threatening sky as it works towards Quorn & Woodhouse on October 12 with a mixed freight. DAVID WILCOCK
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RAIL TITLE! Subscribe today and save money on every issue Call 0844 411 1111 or see page 32 for our latest oﬀers Features 14 The Flying Scotsman saga After a high profile launch, Chris Milner looks at the latest problems that have set back the return to steam of A3 No. 4472 Flying Scotsman by six months.
18 Death in Captivity In the final part of an exclusive survey, Peter Nicholson reveals that an alarming number of steam locos were cut up after being earmarked for preservation, and that William Stanier had a destructive as well as a creative side.
24 Settle & Carlisle freight focus Once facing closure, the Settle & Carlisle line is once again a freight artery, as our pictorial special shows. 27 A Vanishing Breed With the news that semaphore signalling is to be swept away by 2020, Dafydd Whyles looks at the last pockets of signals in East Anglia. 34 Full Circle Tony Sparks tells the story behind the installation of the Great Central Railway’s turntable at Quorn.
38 Back and Forth For Practice & Performance, John Heaton looks at train performance on the four diﬀerent routes between Glasgow and Edinburgh. 43 Christmas Gift and Reviews Our special seasonal guide is full of gift ideas, books, calendars and DVD reviews. 53 The Final Push A chance to own a share of theWorld’s oldest railway company - the Ffestiniog andWelsh Highland.
SOLD DOWN THE RIVER: Preserved but scrapped - p18 LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Freight flourishes - p24 SPOILT FOR CHOICE: Glasgow to Edinburgh lines - p38
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