MARCH 2018


Headline News

Hitachi rolls out first Italian-built Class 802 for GWR, Government aims to ban diesel-only trains from 2040, Network Rail unveils £47bn plan for 2019-24, LNER livery for ‘B1’, A1 Trust, RPSI, Swanage and Barrow Hill win heritage awards.

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

Steam & Heritage
End of main line dream for ‘King’ No. 6023, ‘Lizzie’ moves to Carnforth ahead of main line return, Rocket to redeveloped NRM? Tornado to tour heritage lines as part of 10th anniversary events

Steam Portfolio
Narrow Gauge
Classic Traction

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Traction & Stock
ScotRail revives InterCity brand for HSTs, windscreen issues delay Class 385 introduction, first Class 365s head for storage, Crossrail Class 345 debut at Paddington.

Traction Portfolio
Stock Update


Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.

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Railways in Parliament

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


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

Crossword & Where Is It?


Bi-modes and Western wires
Keith Farr assesses the performance of GWR’s new Class 800s and how they compare to the InterCity 125s that have worked the route since 1976.

Shaping the Future of Main Line Steam
As main line steam undergoes one of its most significant overhauls for many years, Gary Boyd-Hope talks to Tyseley chairman Michael Whitehouse about Vintage Trains’ bid to become a Train Operating Company.

Giving the Railway the WOW Factor
Steven Knight meets Sam Jessup, a creative designer once with Virgin Trains and now London Northwestern Railway, to find out how he uses his talents to create memorable brands.

A Lancashire Half Century
Opened in 1967, the West Lancashire Light Railway is celebrating 50 years of family-friendly narrow gauge operations, as Mark Smithers dicovered when he visited.

Moving In, Moving On, Moving Out
With more than 5,700 new vehicles now on order or being delivered, Britain’s train fleet will change quickly over the next three years. Ben Jones outlines all the new deliveries and how current fleets will be affected.

Obituary: RHN Hardy
Nick Pigott pays tribute to a legendary railwayman, one of the last links with the ‘Big Four’, and a prolific writer, who inspired generations of enthusiasts.

Want to watch live trains from your armchair? Aidan Goldstraw explains how.

On the cover

COVER: HST power car Nos. 43033 and 43148 carry the special ScotRail livery plus InterCity branding ready for the launch of a new service connecting seven Scottish cities in May. The pair pass Trowell Jct during a move after overhaul and a repaint from Wabtec Brush . STEVE DONALD

INSET 1: A GWR Class 800 IET at Swindon.

INSET 2: GWR 4-6-0 No. 5043 at speed.

INSET 3: A Class 345 for the new Crossrail service.

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