Tornado to haul scheduled steam trains on the S&C; Southern strike talks resume; BR blue ‘King’ due back on the main line in May; first through freight from China to UK; HS2 rolling stock procurement process starts; Alex Hynes is new managing director of ScotRail Alliance.
62 Steam & Heritage
Railways report record passenger figures for 2016; £1.1m grant for Bluebell museum; FIVE Bulleids for Swanage; John Cameron’s ‘A4 and ‘K4’ to become static exhibits.
68 Industrial Steam
70 Steam Portfolio
74 Narrow Gauge
Talyllyn celebrates 150 years of passenger trains; Caernarfon station rebuild begins; Heywood’s Katie steams after 90 years.
78 Classic Traction
Glos-Warks Class 117 DMU completed; Bo’ness Class 37/7 in BR blue; two DB Cargo Class 08s for Ruddington.
£49m Shotts line electrification approved, NR hails success of £100m Christmas blockades.
86 Traction & Stock
Bi-mode for Northern Class 319s; More Colas Class 70s en route; first DRS Class 88 electro-diesel lands in UK; Colas buys two DB Class 67s.
88 Stock Update
90 Traction Portfolio
91 Irish News
Our round-up of news from the train- and freight- operating companies.
12 Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.
12 Railways in Parliament
34 Readers’ Platform
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A selection of the latest book reviews.
36 Subscription Offer
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54 From The RM Archives
Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago.
Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.
104 Heritage Diary
Details of when heritage railways and centres are open.
114 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?
On the cover
MAIN IMAGE: 40 years ago: ‘Western’ D1062 Western Courier outside Swindon Works ‘A’ Shop in May 1977. PETER ZABEK
INSET 1: Steam and diesel locos with brake tenders. Full brake tender story on p28. W J NAUNTON
INSET 2: 92 Squadron will be one of five Bulleid locos to appear at the Swanage Railway gala – see p64. KEVIN WILKINS