May 2018


Headline News

Tornado 90mph outing ends prematurely after costly failure, TransPennine Express unveils new Mk5 trains and gets ready to receive first Class 802 bi-mode from Japan, GWR orders tri-mode Class 769s for Gatwick and Thames Valley services, Heathrow Express operation to transfer to GWR, Fears over rising cost of HS2.

Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest

66 Steam & Heritage

Broadway extension doubles Gloucs-Warks visitors, ‘Cromwell’ booked for Cotswold Festival of Steam, No. 46441 moves ‘home’ to Lakeside & Haverthwaite ahead of return to steam, new build BR ‘3MT’ is a rolling chassis, Swanage ‘U Boat’ back on the main line.

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72 Industrial

73 Irish

74 Steam Portfolio

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76 Narrow Gauge

80 Network

82 Railtours

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86 Miniature

88 Metro

90 Classic Traction

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94 World

100 Traction & Stock

Off-lease Class 365 moves to Scotland for possible E&G use, Caledonian Sleeper Mk5s tested on West Highland Line, First VTEC bi-modes arrive in UK, GC begins
Class 180 refurbishment.

103 Traction Portfolio

104 Operations

109 Stock Update


12 Multiple Aspects

With Lord Berkeley.

12 Railways in Parliament

34 Subscription Offer

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36 Readers’ Platform

54 Heritage Diary

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

58 Meetings

60 Panorama

Our regular gallery of the best railway photography from around the world.

64 From The RM Archives

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

122 Crossword & Where Is It?


14 Tiptoe Through the Tulips

John Heaton reports from Eurostar’s inaugural London-Amsterdam train – the first scheduled service between the UK and The Netherlands.

20 Making a Splash

A simple invention that revolutionised long-distance rail travel in the days of steam. Nick Pigott looks back at more than a century of water troughs.

28 Delivering a Bigger, Better Railway for Scotland

With Scotland’s railway undergoing its biggest transformation for decades, Ben Jones meets ScotRail Alliance managing directior Alex Hynes to discover how his organisation is delivering improvements at the same time as trying to maintain a reliable operation.

38 Britain’s Oldest Railway Photographer – Part 2

Chris Milner concludes his interview with Ron Buckley, who returned from National Service to find a railway preparing for Nationalisation.

46 Dinmore, and More and More

Despite its low profile, the owning group of this popular GWR 4-6-0 has achieved some impressive feats and good reputation for reliability and performance of their machine. Gary Boyd-Hope goes behind the scenes.

On the cover

MAIN IMAGE: The first TransPennine Express
‘Nova 3’ set, powered by No. 68021, races around the test track at Velim in the Czech Republic on April 12. KEITH FENDER

INSET 1: Water troughs: the story of a long-lost railway practice.

INSET 2: Building a better railway for Scotland.
INSET 3: Securing the future of Dinmore Manor.

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