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.
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.
72 Industrial Steam
74 Steam Portfolio
76 Irish News
78 Classic Traction
83 Heritage Trams
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
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
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
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.
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’.Enjoy more of The Railway Magazine reading every month. Click here to subscribe.