The Railway Magazine

The Railway Magazine is Britain’s best-selling rail title. Published continuously since 1897, it prides itself on its news content and its unique blend of award-winning photos, features, interviews and exclusives. Its wide-ranging coverage of the rail industry and heritage railways, past and present, commands the respect of professionals and enthusiasts alike.

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July 2016


West Coast fined £200,000 for Wootton Bassett incident; Paddington SPAD causes traffic chaos; heritage lines in £1million DfT giveaway; world’s longest rail tunnel opens; IEP to make passenger-carrying debut on GWR; strikes continue to disrupt trains in Scotland, Sussex and Kent; Virgin introduces free on-board entertainment.


Steam & Heritage: Keighley’s ‘Ironclad’ to steam again; Foremarke Hall returns; Maunsell Mogul on track for main line return; boiler lift brings Clun Castle return closer.

Industrial Steam

Steam Portfolio

Traction & Stock: Rail Operations Group buys Riviera Trains’ Class 47s; first Class 700s in service with Thameslink; GWR Class 387 testing begins; special vinyls for Queen’s 90th birthday.

Classic Traction: Pristine restoration for GWSR Class 37; ‘Hymek’ joins Spa Valley gala line-up; Class 50 gets InterCity livery.

Traction Portfolio

Network: Borders Railway figures shatter predictions; first tracks for Queen Street tunnel; more network flood damage.




Narrow Gauge: New L&B Lyn to run next year; Fairbourne celebrates best ever gala; Tracks to the Tranches special report.



Operations: Our round-up of news from the train and freight operating companies.


Multiple Aspects: with Lord Berkeley.

Railways in Parliament

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Meetings: Details of railway society meetings near you.

Reviews: The latest railway books under the spotlight.

Readers’ Platform: Your thoughts on the topics that matter to you.

Panorama: Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.

From The RM Archives: What The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago.

Heritage Diary: Opening times of steam centres and heritage railways.

Prize Crossword and Where Is It?


MAIN IMAGE: Only time will tell if the UK electorate’s decision to leave the European Union will have any adverse effect on the international rail link from London to Paris and Brussels. New Siemens Eurostar set No. 374012 stands at St Pancras International during a press preview of the train last November. CHRIS MILNER

INSET 1: Bagnall 0-4-0ST Linda at the Chasewater Railway – see p44.

INSET 2: The second part of our interview with John Cameron – see p14.

INSET 3: GWR unveils its first Class 800 in green livery at North Pole depot. GWR

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