RM February 2018

Headline News

Nottingham station damaged in arson attack, Mallaig line blocked by landslide at Glenfinnan, GWR ‘County’ 4-4-0 replica to be built at Gloucs-Warks, Thameslink contract ‘not value for money’, NR moves quickly after Carillion collapse, TfN strategic plan unveiled.

Track Record

66 Steam & Heritage

S&D ‘7F’ to move to North Norfolk, Dunrobin needs new driving wheels, two ‘Modified Halls’ for West Somerset gala, new middle cylinder cast for ‘A2’ Blue Peter.

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71 Industrial

72 Steam Portfolio

75 Irish

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76 Narrow Gauge

78 Heritage Trams

80 Metro

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82 Network

Huge Christmas and new year engineering works delivered successfully, Grayling backs mid-Cheshire reopening, Ashford International modified for e320s.

84 Railtours

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88 Classic Traction

92 World

95 Freight

96 Traction & Stock

First Mk5 overnight stock arrives in Scotland, DRS sells more Class 20s, Class 88s on nuclear traffic.

99 Stock Update

100 Traction Portfolio

103 Operations


12 Multiple Aspects

With Lord Berkeley.

12 Railways in Parliament

20 Subscription Offer

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58 Readers’ Platform

60 Panorama

Our regular 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 Meetings

110 Heritage Diary

Details of when Britain’s unique collection of heritage railways and railway museums are open.

122 Crossword & Where Is It?

On the cover

COVER: Former Midland Railway ‘4F’ 0-6-0 No. 43924 climbs away from Keighley on
January 7 with a KWVR service to Oxenhope. The loco was the first to leave Barry 50 years ago, destined for the Yorkshire branch line, which also marks the 50th anniversary of
re-opening this year. ANDREW BELL

INSET 1: Vivarail’s ‘new’ train solution INSET 2: Ro-rail: An unfulfilled idea
INSET 2: Ro-rail: An unfulfilled idea
INSET 3: Re-creating a ‘County’ 4-4-0


14 Re-creating the Rough Rider

As a new group takes on the project to build a replica GWR ‘County’ 4-4-0, Gary Boyd-Hope explains how they plan to achieve their goal and bring back another long-lost class.

22 Ro-Railers: Ahead of their time?

Vehicles capable of working on both rail and road were tested prior to the Second World War, but didn’t catch on. Alan Dale wonders if the idea was too advanced for the technology of the time.

28 From Ukraine With Love

Risking detention and a possible international incident, Mark Darby visited eastern Europe in 2017 to photograph powerful ex-Soviet diesels. Find out how he and his companions fared.

34 From Shanghai to Shenfield

John Heaton draws together a diverse collection of Practice & Performance logs, embracing the Shanghai Maglev, Class 345s and a recent main line outing with a ‘Deltic’.

42 Crossrail Update

With the core tunnels under central London due to open in December, Keith Fender visits Crossrail for an update on how construction of the £14.8billion railway is progressing.

46 From Upminster to Upcycled

Ben Jones discovers how Vivarail is transforming redundant District Line trains into ‘upcycled’ new trains for the main line – and testing new forms of propulsion to replace polluting diesels.

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