Crossrail opening delayed until 2019, Grayling announces wide-ranging Rail Review, ORR blames industry for May timetable chaos, XC franchise competition cancelled, Greater Anglia unveils new trains, Porterbrook and Angel reveal hybrid DMU trials, Digital Railway plan for ECML, Crumbling hotel causes chaos at Ayr.
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66 Steam & Heritage
A1 Trust launches company to build replica ‘V4’, ‘Sutherland’ and NYMR ‘Q6’ steam again, GWR ‘Mogul’ joins SVR overhaul queue, Forgotten 2-8-0 leaves Moors Line for Llangollen, ‘P2’ gets its wheels, NRM mulls ‘O4’ overhaul plan.
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72 Steam Portfolio
Network Rail sells ‘railway arch’ property portfolio for £1.46bn, six month blockade planned for Berney Arms line, Merseyrail prepares for new Class 777 trains, Derby remodelling almost complete.
84 Classic Traction
Wandering ‘Warship’ visits GCR, NRM dismisses ‘KOYLI’ volunteer group, Class 50 gala line-up confirmed, repatriated Class 04 on display at Rowsley shunter gala.
89 Classic Traction Portfolio
92 Heritage Trams
98 Narrow Gauge
100 Traction & Stock
Bombardier rolls out first Class 720 vehicles for GA, Class 769 ‘Flex’ finally moves to GCR for trials, TPE ‘Nova 3’ and Northern Class 195/331 start main line testing, first Class 230 delivered to London Northwestern Railway.
103 Stock Update
104 Traction Portfolio
12 Up and Down Lines
Nick Pigott’s new opinion page looks at some recent railway positives and negatives.
12 Railways in Parliament
50 Then & Now – Great Malvern
52 Readers’ Platform
54 From The RM Archives
58 Subscription Offer
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110 Heritage Diary
Details of when Britain’s unique collection of heritage railways and railway museums are open.
121 Reader Services
122 Crossword & Where Is It?
14 IET Update
Practice & Performance takes another look at GWR’s Intercity Express Trains and their AT300 sisters, which are now operating all the way to Penzance.
22 Propelling Passengers at Anstruther
Robert Drysdale recalls some of the peculiar operating practices that were carried out at the picturesque town of Anstruther in Scotland.
28 Class 502 Back from the Brink
EMUs are often overlooked in the preservation world, despite being the backbone of commuter operations. Martyn Hilbert looks at the project to restore an ex-LMS Class 502, dating from 1940.
34 St Pancras 150th Anniversary
St Pancras was the Midland Railway’s contribution to London, and its splendours were not surpassed by any terminus built subsequently. Robert Humm reviews the life and times of the great station.
42 Nodding Along – The ‘Pacer’ Story
As the first units are withdrawn, self-confessed railbus fan Gary Boyd-Hope explores the origins and history of the BR/Leyland vehicles, which goes back more than 40 years.
49 Retaining Heritage Skills
Our new series looks at the Severn Valley Railway’s Heritage Skills Training Academy, and how it is equipping a new generation with traditional engineering skills.
On the cover
MAIN IMAGE: Shortly before the end of its hire period at the Dartmouth Steam Railway, BR blue ‘King’ 4-6-0 No. 6023 King Edward II coasts into Kingswear with the 17.00 arrival from Paignton on August 29. MARTYN TATTAM
INSET 1: Celebrating 150 years of London’s grandest terminus.
INSET 2: Propelling with passengers in the BR steam era.
INSET 3: BR/Leyland railbus prototype
No. RB3 in Northern Ireland.