May 2017

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Headline News

Tornado becomes first 100mph British steam loco for 50 years; ECML ‘Four Trains’ event draws the crowds; Settle-Carlisle line reopens after 13 months of repairs; Clun Castle to debut at Tyseley’s June open day.

Track Record

Steam & Heritage

Swanage Bulleid gala smashes visitor records, Midland Railway ‘Picnic Saloon’ restored after 60 years, ‘Scotsman’s’ Worth Valley visit a ‘big success’, NRM gifts LSWR Adams 4-4-0 to Swanage Railway, ‘S160’ and ‘A4’ to visit Mid-Norfolk; Two Bulleids for GCR autumn gala.

Industrial Steam

Steam Portfolio

Irish News

Traction & Stock

Liveries and interior concepts unveiled for ScotRail’s refurbished HSTs and new Greater Anglia fleet, Chiltern ‘Bubblecar’ farewell, what next for SWT’s unwanted
Class 707s?

Stock Update

Traction Portfolio


Easter blockades deliver £70m of work at 200 sites, TfL publishes £3.6bn infrastructure ‘wish list’, Low Moor and Ilkeston stations open for business, user group lobbies for Ashchurch improvements.


Narrow Gauge

Classic Traction

Ex-Buxton Class 37/5 moves into preservation at the Mid-Norfolk, Sunderland port shunters saved, Class 88 booked for Severn Valley diesel gala, first Bluebell visit for a Class 50, PWM650 moves to HST at Rowsley.






News from the train- and freight-operating companies.


Multiple Aspects
With Lord Berkeley.

Railways in Parliament

Readers’ Platform

Railway society meetings near you – all the details.

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On The Cover

The East Coast Main Line hosted two exceptional events in April, as Tornado became the first British steam loco to reach 100mph for 50 years and the ‘Four Trains’ parade brought past, present and future ECML traction together for a unique parallel run. The four generations of ECML power are seen at Shipton-by-Beningborough while the ‘A1’ is at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. CHRIS MILNER


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