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Rail strike called off

Rail strike called off

21 May 2015

Both the RMT and TSSA rail unions, have announced they will be suspending industrial action planned for May 25/26.

 

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West Coast avoids total ban, but ORR remains alert

West Coast avoids total ban, but ORR remains alert

21 May 2015

The Office of Rail and Road issued the West Coast Railway Company with an Improvement Notice in the wake of a tumultuous period for the charter train operating company.

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Great Central in line for £9.5m of heritage lottery funding

Great Central in line for £9.5m of heritage lottery funding

20 May 2015

THE Great Central Railway’s plans to build a new railway museum adjacent to it’s Leicester North station have been boosted with the news that the Heritage Lottery Fund has confirmed earmarked funding of £9.5million for the project. The new museum will be called Main Line.

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Competitions

Win a family ticket to The Railway Children at King's Cross Theatre!

CLOSING DATE: Thursday, 4th June 2015

ALL ABOARD! This stunning adaptation of E. Nesbit's classic novel The Railway Children is currently playing at LONDON'S KING'S CROSS THEATRE. Set in a new, purpose built 1,000 seat venue, this breath-taking show features a stage built around a real train track, and a beautiful 60-tonne locomotive that steams into the theatre to delight all ages.

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Feature Articles

THE GRAND OLD MAN OF STEAM: Part Two

THE GRAND OLD MAN OF STEAM: Part Two

6 May 2015

Richard Hardy has achieved things most of us can only dream about... running locomotive sheds at the height of the BR steam era and overseeing the changeover from steam to modern traction at one of Britain’s largest traction depots.

Last month’s issue traced his life from childhood until the end of the 1940s.

In this concluding part, we follow his progress through the Eastern, Southern and Midland Regions and up to BR headquarters
 

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Letters

Treatment of Great Train Robbery driver

14 November 2013

I AGREE with what you say about the renaming of Train Robbers Bridge (Oct) but not what you say about the treatment of driver Jack Mills by British Railways after the incident.

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Videos

How a Virgin Pendolino got the X-Men branding

7 April 2014

Branding a train with a vinyl wrap or selective vinyl patches is a complex and interesting activity. Here for the first time, courtesy of Stewart Signs and Virgin Trains, is a speeded up stage-by-stage view of the process from the initial discussion and design stage to the application of the vinyls to the full sized train. Pendolino No. 390155 was launched into traffic by stars Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy at London Euston on March 31.

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Current Issue: May 2015

Issue May 2015

Near-disaster devastates main line steam: West Coast Railway banned after steam special overshoots red signal
The train of the future: Hitachi 'Super Express' makes first run under its own power
Deltics on the Bluebell
The 'new' Crewe
Pier railways
Quintinshill crash centenary

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