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Legacy Glasgow Subway fleet bows out

Met-Camm trains replaced by new Stadler units

End of an era: GB Railfreight No 66781 departs from Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. News Freemium

Coal traffic ends with final Ratcliffe delivery

More than 200 years of railway history ends

DP World boosts London Gateway capacity

New cranes increase container handling capacity by 75%

Class 08 08632 joins the GBRf Gala Weekend locomotive line-up

The pool of locomotives attending the GB Railfreight Gala Weekend at the Nene Valley Railway (NVR) on 7-8 September 2024 has been bolstered with the addition of Peterborough Yard based Class 08 No 08632.

Hornby Magazine layouts prepare for GBRf Gala Weekend

A trio of Hornby Magazine layouts is being prepared for exhibition at the GBRf Gala Weekend which takes place at the Nene Valley Railway on September 7/8 2024.

End of the programme: No 390020 stands outside Alstom's Widnes facility following its refurbishment. Courtesy Avanti West Coast News Premium

Mission accomplished! Final ‘390’ is refurbished

FREE Pendolino - full tilt for the future supplement in the July issue of Modern Railways, OUT NOW!

Back in traffic: Nos 458421/415 arrive in Waterloo empty coaching stock on 27 June 2024. Philip Sherratt News Freemium

Refurbished Class 458s enter traffic

First train used on suburban duties pending '701' introduction

New role: incoming Balfour Beatty Chief Executive of UK Construction Services Nick Crossfield. Courtesy Balfour Beatty News Freemium

Alstom’s Crossfield moves to Balfour Beatty

Industry veteran moves after nine years at train builder

New Colas Rail tamper: No dr75017 at the Severn Valley Railway. Dan Crisp/Colas Rail News Premium

Colas receives two new tampers

Plasser & Theurer machines to work on the Western Region

New Porterbrook Engineering Business Development Director Ben Woods. Courtesy Porterbrook News Freemium

Ben Woods returns to Porterbrook as director

Senior engineer to start in July

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