Mileage accumulation run: Elizabeth Line unit No 345044 at Lichfield Trent Valley on 30 July 2018 en route from Crewe to Wembley. John Whitehouse

‘2018 is set to be a momentous year for Britain’s railway’, we wrote on this page 12 months ago. Arguably, this phrase has proved truer than any of us could have expected, but sadly not for the right reasons.

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