Four decades in the Editor’s chair

To mark JAMES ABBOTT’S retirement as Editor of Modern Railways, ROGER FORD chronicles how the industry changed during his time as Editor and how the magazine changed with it

THE 1980s: BRITISH RAIL’S GOLDEN AGE

‘APT is dead: Long live APT!’ proclaimed the banner on the cover of the 1983 Modern Railways. For the second lead there was just one word – Marylebone, with ‘candidate for closure’ stamped across it. Inside was a technical description of the proposed Class 141 Railbus.

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