Contents February 2012. No. 1,330. Vol 158. A journal of record since 1897
On the cover
MAIN IMAGE: ‘Merchant Navy’ No. 35028 Clan Line – masquerading as 35017 Belgian Marine – joins the LSW main line at Byfleet & New Haw with a VSOE Surrey Hills luncheon train on December 3, 2011. See p70. PAUL BLOWFIELD
Freight back on Devon’s Heathfield branch - see page 9.
Alstom and Angel push for Pendolinos on GWML and ECML; Heathfield branch back in use for freight; DRS to operate workers trains; ‘Footballer’ nameplate sells for £35,000 after fake scare; Green light for Croxley Green project; Flying Scotsman will appear at Barrow Hill; Arriva Class 175 hits lorry on crossing.
INSET: The Toast of the ‘Wanderers’: Harry Cartwright, whose campaign got a Class 66 named. See p74. CHRIS MILNER
Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest
76 Tr ac tion Upda te Sc ra pped , re pain te d, named or sold? Fu ll details her e.
Britannia on the WCML at Rugeley - see page 68.
58 Steam & Heritage P1 is computer modelled; New build B17 for MidNorfolk; Shannon restoration plan dropped. 68 Railtours Concern over York triangle removal plan; DRS and Riviera buy Rail Blue stock; Steam for Met ‘150’. 73 Traction & Stock Virgin prepares for winter; GBRf Class 92s approved for HS1; 56s sold for scrap; Football fan names loco.
78 Net wo rk £43m fo r Pe te rbor ough sta tion; Th ameslin k enhanc emen ts at Blackfria rs; New plans fo r We st Wa les . 80 Classic Tr ac tion ‘T eddy Be ar ’ fo r We st So merset; To p aw ar d fo r Elec tric Ra ilw ay Museum ; Dar tmoor Ty pe 4 unleash ed .
82 Narr ow Ga uge Ger trude on its tr av els; Sittingb ourne to re turn; Vi ct orian Ma nx wa gon re built; Do ro thea in st eam at 110 ye ars old .
84 Wo rld In te rr ail is 40; Sw iss loc os st olen; Emir ate s ex pansion .
86 Metr o Ed inbur gh tr ams fo r 2014 star t; So ftw ar e bugs hit Me tr olink ; Mo re Black pool tr ams arriv e.
88 Op er at ions Ne ws A ro und-up of new s fr om the tr ain and fr eigh t oper at ing co mpanies .
11 Multiple Aspects 11 Railways in Parliament 12 Timetable Changes 30 Subscriptions Oﬀer 38 Platform Your lively monthly letters page. 56 Meetings Details of railway society meetings near you. 93 Heritage Diary A comprehensive listing of dates when heritage railways and steam centres will be open this winter.
Norwegian locos heading for Teesside - see page 73.
94 100 Years Ago A look back to what Britain’s senior rail tile was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago. 97 Reader Services 98 Prize Crossword
The first heavy snow of the winter arrived in December. DRS Class 47 No. 47802 leads the ‘Northern Belle’ train past Fauldhouse on the Shotts line, (with No. 47832 on the rear) while working a Glasgow Central to Perth via Edinburgh dining train on December 17, 2011. STEVEN J. CROZIER
The Railway Magazine is the UK’S TOP-SELLING
RAIL TITLE! Subscribe today and save money on every issue Call 0844 411 1111 or see page 30 for our latest oﬀers