February 2010. No. 1,306. Vol 156. A journal of record since 1897
Headline NewsChristmas chaos as Eurostars break down inside the Channel Tunnel; Electrifi cation for Lancashire lines; Full Kent high-speed service begins; A ‘Britannia’ and a ‘Royal Scot’ to double-head on S&C; Terror clamps on photographers ‘unacceptable’, says BTP; New station built in a week; DB Regio to run Tyne & Wear Metro.
Right: Eurotunnel’s Mak diesels with a rescued Eurostar at St Pancras – p7.
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46 Steam & Heritage NYMR to receive £400,000 for bridge replacement, Royal Scot lifted; Stirling tender moved. 54 Narrow Gauge Leighton Buzzard re-enacts opening day.
56 Railtours A4 ticket price extremes; ‘Thumper’ gets a sixth coach.
60 Traction & Stock Class 70s begin work; Overhauls for Class 313s.
64 Network NR opens track-recycling centre; KX roof starts to form.
Terrorist bomb targets Russian train – World News, p69.
66 Classic Traction Peak for GCR(N); Thieves target Class 47.
69 World News Tycoon buys BNSF for $34bn; Russian train bombed.
71 Operations Our monthly round-up of news from the train and freight operating companies.
76 Disposals and Stock Spot Repainted, named, sold or scrapped? Full details here.
24 Holiday Ad Your last chance to book for the readers’ holiday to New Zealand as the fi nal few places are on offer. 30 Subscription Offer Huge numbers of readers have recently become subscribers. Why not join them – by taking advantage of our great offer? 32 Heritage Events Diary All the details you need on where to go for steam and classic traction this winter. 32 100 Years Ago A look back at what Britain’s senior rail title was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago. 35 Location, Location, Location This month we head to Cheshire. 36 Readers’ Platform In the wake of the report of Britain’s worst stations, readers nominate theirs in our increasingly lively letters pages.
80 Meetings A summary of club meetings and fi lm shows of interest to railway enthusiasts. 81 Reader services How to order back issues, binders and bound volumes.
82 Prize Crossword Your chance to win £50 worth of books in our crossword.
The Swansea & Mumbles Railway closed 50 years ago – p33.
Above: Sun, snow and steam: A4 No. 60019 Bittern surges through the deep snow at Santon Downham, between Brandon and Thetford, with a ‘Cathedrals Express’ from King’s Cross to Norwich on December 19. CALUM HEPPLEWHITE
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12 From LTS to c2c Once the ‘cinderella’ of rail services, c2c has been transformed into an award-winning railway as Mark Chatterton explains. 18 Lost at Sea – update Philip Atkins and Mike Hudson provide an update on information that has come to light since the original September 2007 article on locos lost at sea.
23 Works Visit Chris Milner provides an overview of the Siemens train-building plant at Uerdingen, Germany.
26 From Wear to Thames For Practice & Performance, Keith Farr rides the 125mph Class 180 ‘Adelante’ DMUs on the East Coast Main Line.
From LTS to c2cThe story of the London, Tilbury & Southend systemThe largely self-contained nature of this main line has given it a rather isolated feel – a situation that continues to this day, as relates
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38 Timetable review The second part of John Cormack’s look at service changes in the new winter timetable.
40 Panorama – winter special A selection of the best in seasonal railway images old and new
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