25th August 2021 Railtalk We may have joked in the past about the ‘curse of the Modern Railways cover’, but the latest example is no joke. Last month’s issue featured a detailed report on the long awaited May 2022 East Coast main line timetable, plus supporting analysis. But, within a few days of the magazine going on sale, Network Rail circulated its recommendation that implementation of the timetable should be deferred by at least a year. There is an exclusive report on the reasons behind this decision in ‘Informed Sources’. Two are technical, one an unforeseeable ‘black swan’ event, but the remaining reasons must cast doubt on the timetable specification and production process.