Contents March 2012. No. 1,331. Vol 158. A journal of record since 1897
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MAIN IMAGE: Heading the ‘Northern Be lle’ in its smart umber & cream livery is DRS Class 47 No. 47790, passing Cossington, Leics, with a returning af ternoon tea ex cursion to Leicester from Nottingham on September 18, 2011. PA UL A. BIGGS
Government approves HS2; Network Rail faces charges over Grayrigg; DRS orders 15 Vossloh diesel locos; Prince Charles renames Britannia; Lock-out blights EMD plant; EXCLUSIVE: Mallard and Green Arrow to appear at ‘Fab Four’ gala; Sellafield workers train trial.
INSET : No . 70000 Britannia on the Royal train at Horbury on Ja nuary 24. See page He adline News. TOM PICKLES
Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest
An unusual visitor to Filey. See Operations News, page 102.
64 Steam & Heritage Tornado and Kinlet Hall for North Norfolk; Calbourne to visit Bodmin; SVR starts on Bewdley tunnel project. 75 Railtours Is Network Rail using steam as a performance scapegoat? GSM-R to cost £25,000 per loco. 78 Traction & Stock Gatwick Express 460s to be merged with SWT 458s; More Class 70s arrive; Major boost for Eastleigh; 3D toilet graphics.
83 Tr ac tion Upda te Sc ra pped , s old or re pain te d? Fu ll details her e. 86 Fr eigh t 88 Net wo rk Fu tur e v iew s o f K ing ’s Cr oss; Le ic est er co nt ro l m ov es to De rb y; Barriers fo r S co ttish cr ossings? 95 Classic Tr ac tion ‘G rid ’ a nd wheel deals; Last Wo rt h V alley tr ain co mmemo rat ed; La ve nder Line diesel gala planned . 90 Narr ow Ga uge Vi tal funds fo r L yn to n & Barnstap le ex te nsion; Va le of Rh eidol to use co al af te r 3 0 y ear gap . 99 Wo rld China sho ws oﬀ ‘s wo rd -shaped ’ t ra in; Mo re 66s in Be lg ium; Billion dollar plan to unclog Sy dney . 93 Metr o Fi rst Ed inbur gh tr am is te st ed; New Cr oy don tr ams on the wa y; Me tr olink fa talit y. 102 Op er at ions Ne ws A r ound-up of new s f ro m t ra in and fr eigh t o per at ing co mpanies .
14 Multiple Aspects 14 Railways in Parliament 45 Location, Location 46 Subscriptions Oﬀer 56 Platform Your lively monthly letters page. 62 Reviews The pick of new books and DVDs. 108 Meetings Details of railway society meetings near you.
Where to take the best photos - see page 45.
109 Heritage Diary A comprehensive listing of dates when heritage railways and steam centres will be open. 110 100 Years Ago A look back to what Britain’s senior rail tile was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago. 113 Reader Services 114 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?
The Grade II listed trainshed roof at London Bridge is doomed (see page 88). On December 12, 2011 the rising sun provides a wonderful image of the structure, which will be demolished as part of the Thameslink route improvements. It has been oﬀered a new home by Railworld at Peterborough, although finance could provide a problem. DAVID STAINES
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16 Thinning Red Lines Britain’s freight-only network has shrunk substantially. Paul Shannon takes a look at the freight lines that are still extant. 23 Looking Back With Pride Peter Kelly visits 93-year-old Caleb Preistley who drove Stanier 8Fs in World War II and was later accused of speeding at 115mph in a ‘Deltic’. 28 Playing to the Whistle Nick Pigott muses on the remarkably large number of football grounds that are, or have previously been, situtated next to railway lines. 34 Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow In this month’s Practice & Performance, John Heaton looks at how diversionary lines for the East Coast come into their own when the main lines are closed. 39 From 70013 to 70013 When The Queen acceded to the throne in 1952, ‘Britannia’ No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell was new. Now, 60 years on, a brand new loco numbered 70013 has just arrived.
40 Titled Trains of Britain - part 4 This month we present the concluding part of Nick Pigott’s popular and much-needed history into the Titled Trains of Great Britain. 48 4ft 8½ and all that David Eatwell looks at the range of steam-operated railways around the world. 54 A by-pass for London With the annoucement that the East-West rail link is to be built, Phil Marsh explains a project that will open up intriguing route permutations.
GOING, GOING...: Diminishing freight lines - p16 GROUNDS TO TRAIN ON: Football and railways - p28 WHAT’S IN A NAME?: The final part of Titled Trains - p40
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