Stagecoach loses SWT after 21 years; four generations of ECML traction to side-by-side in Yorkshire this month; Public Accounts Committee criticises Network Rail and DfT handling of GW route modernisation; work starts on GCR bridge link; GWR Railmotor to work on Chinnor branch.
Steam & Heritage
Severn Valley targets 2020 comeback for Hagley Hall; Wootton Hall restoration progressing well at Ribble Steam Railway; British India Line is back – and in black; Gloucs-Warks will open to Broadway next year; Clan Line boiler signed off.
Restoration of rare Cravens DMU nears completion at ELR; GCR-based ’37/7′ outshopped in Railfreight sector colours; ex-DRS No. 37688 to join Mid-Norfolk fleet and regain its Buxton identity.
Traction & Stock
More Class 88s land in UK and main line test running starts; withdrawal dates for Northern ‘Pacers’ confirmed; first TPE Mk5a under construction; Colas Class 67s start work; next Class 70/8 lands in Liverpool.
Network Rail sets out options for dealing with expected growth on SE London and Kent routes, collapsed wall closes Lime Street for a week, new station for Inverness Airport, northern England falls well behind in transport infrastructure spending.
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Air-smoothed ‘Battle of Britain’ 4-6-2 No. 34081 92 Squadron returned to steam in December and was one of the star guests at the Severn Valley Railway’s Spring Gala on March 17-19. BOB GREEN
Inset 1: One of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s legendary ‘GG-1s’.
Inset 2: Colas Rail D6757 on an NR test train at Ferme Park.
Inset 3: John Stretton looks back on his first 30 years of trainspotting.