JUNE 2017

Current issue: June 2017 – Next issue: July 2017 – On sale: July 5, 2017

Headline News

First generation railcar era ends as Chiltern ‘Bubblecars’ retire, armed police on UK trains after Manchester attack, work starts on East Coast IEP fleet, Alstom offers new EMU for UK market, Eurostar extends e320 operation to Brussels – and Amsterdam from December.

Track Record

66 Steam & Heritage

Two ‘Merchant Navies’ return as British India Line and Clan Line make main line tests on the same day, NYMR to run Cromer dining trains, Andy Munro steps down as Great Central CEO, War Department engines for North Norfolk gala.

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72 Industrial Steam

74 Steam Portfolio

76 Irish News

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78 Classic Traction

82 Metro

83 Heritage Trams

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84 Freight

86 World

88 Railtours

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92 Traction & Stock

Four more Class 68s arrive, first Greater Anglia ‘FLIRTs’ due for completion in spring 2018, more Class 321s bound for ScotRail, Class 31 reduced to a single main line example

95 Stock Update

97 Traction Portfolio

98 Network

Crossrail construction work passes 85% mark, Abbey Wood interchange unveiled, user groups call for improvements to Stranraer line and in North Wales, new station on MML at Brent Cross?

100 Narrow Gauge

103 Operations

News from the train- and freight-operating companies.


12 Multiple Aspects

With Lord Berkeley.

12 Railways in Parliament

28 Subscription Offer

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58 Readers’ Platform

60 Panorama

Our monthly gallery of the best railway photography.

64 From The RM Archives

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

108 Heritage Diary

Details of when heritage railways and centres are open.

112 Meetings

Railway society meetings near you – all the details.

122 Prize Crossword and Where Is It?

On The Cover

COVER: Bringing back strong memories of the 1970s, BR blue D9009 Alycidon roars out of Welwyn North tunnel heading for King’s Cross with the ‘Hull & Leeds Executive’ railtour on May 6. ALISDAIR ANDERSON

INSET 1: Celebrating 50 years of industrial magic at the Foxfield Railway.

INSET 2: English Electric Type 1s reach their 60th anniversary.

INSET 3: Farewell to Chiltern’s Class 121 ‘Bubblecars’.

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