Crossrail opening delayed indefinitely, MPs savage rail industry and DfT over May timetable fiasco, Springburn Works to close, first electric trains for Manchester-Bolton-Preston, NER Autocar wins heritage awards, Crewe Diesel Depot open day planned for June.
Track Record The Railway Magazine’s monthly news digest
62 Steam & Heritage
Restoration plan for ‘forgotten’ BR ‘4MT’ 2-6-0, ‘Terrier’ and ‘Schools’ for Nene Valley March gala, Wightwick Hall is 150th Barry ‘escapee’ to steam, ‘B12’ and Bahamas for Worth Valley gala, No. 75069 steams at SVR.
68 Steam Portfolio
72 Narrow Gauge
Leeds to gain extra and longer platforms, £5m upgrade for Kidsgrove station, Virgin and Eurostar offer through ticketing, farewell to Humberside’s semaphores.
80 Classic Traction
84 Railtours Portfolio
88 Traction & Stock
ROG considers tri-mode locos, Class 710 delays rumble on, ScotRail Class 153 plans unveiled, first Anglia ‘Aventra’ ready for testing, positive reaction to Merseyrail ‘777’ mock-up. 91 Traction Portfolio92 Stock Update93 Operations
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53 Readers’ Platform
Our regular gallery of the best railway photography from around the world.
60 From The RM Archives
102 Heritage Diary
Details of when Britain’s unique collection of heritage railways and railway museums are open.
113 Reader Services
114 Crossword and Where Is It?
14 Thames Valley Transformation
In the second part of his study of train working on the Great Western main line over the decades, Keith Farr considers performance in the diesel era from the late-1950s onwards.
22 The ‘Lanky’ Devotee who saved Southern Engines
Howard Johnston talks to Richard Greenwood, one of the founding fathers of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, about his life as a steam fan, both at the lineside and in the world of preservation.
32 Shirebrook Diesel Depot
Robin Stewart-Smith looks back at a Nottinghamshire diesel depot which played a key role in serving the local coal industry for three decades.
39 Railway Relics
A brief photographic tour by Steve Ryszka of some of the wonderful surviving architecture, signage and structures that still grace our railway network, acting as a reminder of the golden years of the pre-Grouping era.
44 ‘Highline’ for London?
Following the successful conversion of a derelict rail line through Manhattan into a linear park, Keith Fender reports on a similar plan for north London.
On the cover
MAIN IMAGE: The low morning sun glints on the air-smoothed boiler casing of Bulleid Pacific No. 34092 City of Wells near Ramsbottom with an East Lancs Railway ‘Santa’ train on December 16. ANTHONY ROBERTS
INSET 1: Class 166s pass in Sonning Cutting.
INSET 2: ‘Pug’ No. 51218, rescued by Richard Greenwood.
INSET 3: Class 58s at Shirebrook.