Contents June 2011. No. 1,322. Vol 157. A journal of record since 1897
England legend Sir Bobby Robson honoured. See page 11
ERTMS goes live, but steam axed; ‘Deltic’ hired for GBRf freight trains; Bittern emerges as Dominion of New Zealand; NRM+ project cancelled after funding snub; Scrapyard re-think after travel chaos; EC raids DB oﬃces; Mallard lined up for Germany visit; Tornado boiler re-fitted.
On the cover
MAIN IMAGE: A4 No. 60019 Bittern has been repainted in garter blue and renumbered as 4492 Dominion of New Zealand. It is seen on the ‘Great Britain IV’ tour near Ferryhill on April 16. PHIL WRIGHT
INSET 1: ‘Deltic’ No. 55022 Royal Scots Grey on freight - see p9. LINDSAY ATKINSON INSET 2: NRM’s impression of a black Flying Scotsman
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64 Steam & Heritage King Edward II hauls passenger trains again; G-WR humbled by kindness of other railways; Bodmin line repaired; ‘Dukedog’ in South Devon. 74 Railtours ‘Jacobite’s 28th season; Britannia back on main line; Sunday steam focus at Bristol. 78 Traction & Stock East Coast axes restaurant for Eureka!; Arriva refurbishes Class 158; Facelift for ScotRail Class 314s; Class 172s on test.
Testing times for LM’s Class 172s. See page 80.
84 Network £200m investment for Cardiﬀ & Valleys; London Midland drivers’ strike settled; Bridge donation to GCR. 86 Freight 89 Narrow Gauge 92 Classic Traction ‘Western’ tuned up; Lottery win for pioneer railcar; DMU service at G-WR; DMU in scrapyard SOS. 95 Metro 98 World South African tank loco for UK; Vivarais - a new life; Kolkata Metro extended. 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.
12 Multiple Aspects 12 Railways in Parliament 20 Location, Location This month’s selected photo location is Greenholme, near Tebay. 39 Panorama A selection of the best in railway photography in our monthly showcase. 47 Readers’ Platform Your lively letters page. 51 Subscriptions Oﬀer 52 Reviews A selection of the latest books to be reviewed.
Lottery cash for pioneer railcar. See page 93.
108 Meetings Details of railway society meetings that are near you. 109 Heritage Diary A comprehensive listing of the dates when heritage railways and steam centres operating this Spring. 110 100 Years Ago A look back to what Britain’s senior rail title was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago. 114 Prize Crossword 114 Where Is It?
(GREAT) CENTRAL RESERVATION! A pair of red and silver Santa Fe ‘warbonnets’, led by the then new GE Dash 8-40B No. 571 and GP60M No. 138, make an amazing sight leading two other locos hauling a westbound double-stack container down the centre of the multi-lane interstate 210 in Pasadena, California, on July 26, 1992. Two years later, the line ceased operation, was sold and now forms part of Los Angeles Country Metro system’s Gold line– operated by modern tram cars. RICHARD SUGG
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RAIL TITLE! Subscribe today and save money on every issue Call 0844 411 1111 or see page 51 for our latest oﬀers Features 14 Eastern Promise In this month’s Practice & Performance, John Heaton takes a cab ride in a Class 91 on East Coast’s ‘Flying Scotsman’ service. 22 From Red, White & Blue to Silver To mark the 25th anniversary of Network South East, Chris Green, who launched and managed the BR sector, tells the full inside story for the first time. 28 Vatican City Railway Rex Carver takes a look at the world’s shortest state railway in the Vatican City.
30 The Conwy Valley Beginning a new and occasional series on branch lines, Chris Milner visits North Wales to discover the scenic delights of the Conwy Valley line. 34 Ecclesbourne joins the big league In April, the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway joined the preservation big boys in a Railway Magazine-backed event. Full story and pictures. 36 The First Railway Murder Kate Colquhoun tells the tale of the first recoreded railway murder, which took place back in July 1864.
42 All Change at Eridge Rex Carver reports on the opening of extension of the other SVR – the Spa Valley Railway – through to Eridge and an interchange with national rail services.
54 The Railway Art of John Austin It was 17 years ago that Peter Kelly first met railway artist John Austin. Peter pays a return visit to Bridgnorth to see some of the magical images John has painted in that time. In 16 of the past 17 years, John Austin’s work has won the Guild of Railway Artists’ public ‘Picture of the Year’!
SILVER JUBILEE: TheNSE inside story - p22
BUILT FOR SLATE: Conwy Valley focus - p30
PAINT YOUR WAGON: Art Extraordinaire - p54
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