March 2010. No. 1,307. Vol 156. A journal of record since 1897
Headline News Class 66 derailed by suspected brake failure; DfT outlines proposed ECML timtable; Railways battle against winter snow; FCC warned over franchise; ‘Barriers-up’ crossing death probe; DfT to offer ten-year franchises; Police warning over Welsh Highland crossing; War of words over Chunnel chaos; Tornado on Royal Train once more.
Right: The scene at the Carrbridge derailedment – p6.
On the cover
MAIN IMAGE: Resting amid the snow and trees of Carrbridge, Scotland, after a derailment in freezing conditions on January 4 is DB Schenker’s newly-reliveried No. 66048 James the Engine. For full story see Headline News. DANIEL STAZICKER
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Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest
54 Steam & Heritage SVR launches wheeldrop appeal; Heritage lines beat ice and snow; LSWR gala for T9 launch; E4 returns. 64 Railtours Fifth decade for John Farrow; ‘Fellsman’ trains announced.
Gordon Highlander back in traffic – Classic Traction, p80.
69 Narrow Gauge Garratt trio for WHR(C); Appeals for Ffestiniog locos. 72 Traction & Stock ‘Gatwick Express’ Class 460s to disappear?; ‘Monty Python’ star launches Wrexham & Shropshire’s refurbished Mk 3s; DB Schenker honours retiring chairman with Class 67 naming. 78 Network New bridge at Blackfriars; Workington enhancements. 80 Classic Traction Barry Island re-opens; ‘Bubblecar’ repainted. 84 Metro Trams for Preston and GCHQ?; Edinburgh rethinks Line 3. 85 World Belgian high-speed opening; Carriage tax row in France. 86 Operations Our monthly round-up of news from the industry. 92 Disposals and Stock Spot Repainted, named, sold or scrapped? Full details here.
12 Multiple Aspects Controversial columnist Lord Berkeley shares his opinions on the state of Britain’s railways. 12 Railways in Parliament A summary of what our MPs have asked about rail. 29 Subscription Offer A record number of readers are subscribing. Why not join them – by taking advantage of our special offer? 36 Readers’ Platform The vexed subject of ‘digital cheating’ is just one subject for debate in the liveliest letters column. 44 Reviews A varied selection of latest book reviews 45 Heritage Events Diary All the details you need on where to go for steam and classic traction this winter. 45 100 Years Ago A look back at what Britain’s senior rail title was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago.
48 Panorama There has been an avalanche of great snow pictures this month! A selection of some of the best.
93 Meetings A summary of club meetings and film shows of interest to railway enthusiasts.
98 Prize Crossword You can win £50 worth of books in our crossword.
Winter snow features in our Panorama selection – p48.
Above: GWR 28XX class 2-8-0 No. 3802 emerges from Llangollen engine shed onto a fresh carpet of snow on December 20 and takes the spur down to Llangollen Goods Junction, prior to working the 11.00 ‘Santa’ service to Carrog. DAVID WILCOCK.
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