The Railway Magazine Maj 2013
The Railway Magazine Maj 2013
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The Railway Magazine Maj 2013

Headline News
Bluebell opens to East Grinstead; High Court rejects HS2 challenge; Stainforth line will be closed until July; Report recommends Flying Scotsman is restored; Disaster averted after tunnel roof breached; Snow closes S&C and Scottish lines; Crossrail unearths plague victims; No Weardale heritage trains in 2013; Bid to cut announcement ‘waffle’.

Track Record: The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

Steam & Heritage: £1.47million grant for Wareham link; NRM locos feature in Mid-Hants gala; ‘Met No. 1’ for Epping Ongar.

Steam Portfolio

Railtours: NRM issues charter challenge; Statesman to fight Network Rail decision; Steam reliability improves.

Traction & Stock: More Class 56s prepared for main line; Northern Pacers refreshed; Class 86s to be cut up at Crewe.

Traction Update: Scrapped, sold, renumbered, repainted? Full details here.

Freight: A9 dualling threat to freight; Radlett terminal appeal planned.

Network: £8.6million improvements for Newcastle; First class journeys increase; Historic Worcester bridge repaired.

Narrow Gauge: First World War Baldwins return to UK; Darjeeling loco for Leighton Buzzard gala; Abbey Light Railway closed and lifted.

Metro: Metrolink reaches Rochdale; ‘Mind the Gap’ voice returns.

Classic Traction: Class 37/4 preserved; Romanian ‘Grid’ poised for preservation debut; ‘Deltics’ for Didcot diesel gala!

World: Bumper year for Stadler; New lives for Indian locos.

Operations News: News from the train and freight operating companies.

Multiple Aspects

Railways in Parliament

Subscriptions Offer

Readers’ Platform: the lively letters page on which YOU have your say.

Reviews: a round-up of the latest book reviews.

Panorama: our monthly showcase, with the best in rail photography.

100 Years Ago: a look back to what Britain’s senior rail title was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago.

Meetings: details of railway society meetings near you.

Heritage Diary: a comprehensive listing of dates when heritage railways and steam centres will be open.

Reader Services

Prize Crossword and Where Is It?


Buried Treasure: Nick Whittaker and Nick Pigott shine new light on the disappearance of an engine at Lindal, Cumbria, and that of other entombed locomotives.

The ‘Turbostar’ Story: The ‘Turbostar’ has become Britain’s most successful diesel multiple unit. Chris Milner looks at the history and development of this versatile train.

What happened to steam - update: Further to the exclusive publication in the November 2009 RM of revelations concerning the disposal locations of many BR steam locomotives, Roger Butcher brings the story up to date.

Lazarus Lines - Llangollen Railway: Cliff Thomas reports on the Llangollen Railway’s push to reopen the line from Carrog to Corwen.

British diesels on safari: East Africa has become a haven for British-built diesels from the 1950s and 60s. Chris West sets the scene for this year’s readers’ tour with their story.

Irish freight on the move: In this month’s Practice & Performance, John Heaton takes a trip to the Emerald Isle to sample various types of Irish freight from the locomotive cab seat.



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