February 2017

Current issue: February 2017 – Next issue: March 2017 – On sale: March 1, 2017

Headline News

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.

Track Record

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.

76 Railtours

78 Classic Traction
Glos-Warks Class 117 DMU completed; Bo’ness Class 37/7 in BR blue; two DB Cargo Class 08s for Ruddington.

80 Metro

82 Network
£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

95 World

98 Operations
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
Your thoughts on the topics that matter to you.

35 Reviews
A selection of the latest book reviews.

36 Subscription Offer
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50 Meetings
Railway society meetings near you – all the details.

54 From The RM Archives
Find out what The RM was reporting 20, 50 and 100 years ago.

56 Panorama
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





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