100mph Pacifics united for Barrow Hill Roundhouse reopening, Edinburgh-Glasgow wiring complete, South Yorkshire tram-train carries first passengers, Talgo to bid for British train contracts, Eurostar starts Amsterdam tests, first ‘refreshed’ Virgin ‘Pendolino’ unveiled, Loughborough GCR bridge installed
Steam & Heritage
Repton and Bluebell star at Severn Valley Autumn Gala, Dartmouth ‘4MT’ to visit West Somerset, ELR plans major redevelopment for Rawtenstall.
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Merseytravel starts work on new Maghull North station, London Bridge revamp ‘in home straight’.
Traction & Stock
ScotRail receives first HST set, TransPennine Express Class 68 and Class 397 break cover, Class 700s complete Thameslink takeover.
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COVER: No. 50040 Leviathan hurries the 09.20 Liverpool-Paignton out of Whiteball Tunnel on July 30, 1983. JOHN CHALCRAFT
INSET: Three decades of Railfreight sector grey livery.
INSET: Famous guests at Old Oak Common open day.
INSET: New livery for Virgin ‘Pendolino’.
20 Years of Virgin West Coast
Former Virgin Rail PR manager Steven Knight reflects on the high-profile ups and downs of two decades of Virgin operations on the WCML.
Practice & Performance: WD 2-8-0s
John Heaton considers the merits of the Riddles ‘Austerity’ 2-8-0s built during the Second World War and later acquired by British Railways.
Building for the Future
Ben Jones visits Bridgnorth to see how the Severn Valley Railway is investing at the station to accommodate increasing visitor numbers.
The RM is backing the Railway Children charity’s campaign to protect vulnerable young people both in the UK and abroad – our October 7 railtour to Glasgow will raise money to support that campaign.
Farewell to Old Oak Common
September 2 saw a final gathering of iconic Great Western Main Line trains at the West London depot before it is closed to make way for a new facility and High Speed 2 interchange.
30 Years of Railfreight Sectors
In October 1987 BR relaunched its Railfreight business with a bold new image that remains one of the most popular and successful of the
pre-Privatisation period. Ben Jones looks back at how and why it was done.
50 Years of Hoovering
Celebrating a half century of these cult English Electric Type 4s, Ben Jones considers their controversial introduction and the recent main line revival of the class.
November edition of The RM on sale on October 30