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Decarbonising the Western

A Network Rail strategy sets out a six-stage approach to eliminating diesel trains

As idle as a painted ship

As rail reform falters, a vision for our railway is needed

Tickets on sale for our HST railtour!

CrossCountry HST to visit Severn Valley on 27 September

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Modern Railways August 2022

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WIN! Two tickets to our celebratory railtour!

We have an exclusive opportunity for readers of Modern Railways to win a pair of First Class tickets for our special HST railtour with Cross Country on Tuesday 27 September. Closing date: Friday 9th September.

Lenz Labs controls wheel slip

A GROUP of young engineers has created technology that allows...

Class 769 failure generates interference

And more challenges for Alstom Aventras too Since...

The railway is for EVERYONE

I’m delighted to be welcoming you to this LGBT+ special feature...

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Modern Railways July 2022

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800 Series cracking – ORR final report

ROGER FORD

■ No independent technical investigation
■ Call for review of standards
■ Six-year modification programme
■ Four weeks out of service for nine-car set
■ Fresh crack locations emerging

ROGER FORD

‘345s’ in the spotlight

ROGER FORD

How will the Elizabeth Line trains perform as the central section opens?

ROGER FORD

Carmont report triggers Mk 3 safety scare

ROGER FORD

■ Extensive industry studies validated life extension
■ Structural integrity the key
■ Crashworthiness standards focused on low-speed collisions

ROGER FORD
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Modern Railways June 2022

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Glasgow and Edinburgh Map

An extract from the latest 15th Edition of Bakers Rail Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland

HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Edward Earl of Wessex at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Paddington to mark the completion of the Elizabeth line. COURTESY TfL News Premium

The Queen marks Elizabeth line completion

The Queen made an unexpected visit to Paddington Elizabeth Line station to mark the route's completion ahead of its imminent opening.

South Eastern milked over 13-year period

ROGER FORD

■ DfT imposes £23.5 million penalty
■ Overpayments hidden in TOC accounts
■ DfT recovers £64 million

ROGER FORD
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Cautious changes for post-Covid era

James Abbott

JAMES ABBOTT reviews the timetable change coming on 15 May

James Abbott
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Blockade blitz

PHILIP SHERRATT

Network Rail’s Southern Region has mastered the art of longer, more productive closures of the railway for maintenance, with Wessex Route leading the way. PHILIP SHERRATT reports

PHILIP SHERRATT
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Return to Cardiff

Ian Walmsley

‘The pithead bath’s a supermarket now’sang Max Boyce. At Canton the diesel fuel tank is now a substation, which doesn’t scan quite so well but is a sign of progress

Ian Walmsley

Rail reform – all words and no action?

ALAN WILLIAMS

Our columnist questions the pace of progress a year on from the publication of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail

ALAN WILLIAMS

Limited scope for train operator cost cuts

ROGER FORD

■ Switch from net premium to subsidy signalled problems
■ Rolling stock and track access dominate rises
■ Costs stabilised after year-on-year increases

ROGER FORD
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Staggering seats

Ian Walmsley

PriestmanGoode offer the first-of-a-kind seat layout. Here is Proteus – brought to you by Innovate UK, Angel Trains and Chiltern Railways

Ian Walmsley
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Community rail: as you like it

Vicki Pipe

After just two years the work of volunteers is already having a major impact on the Shakespeare line

Vicki Pipe
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HS2 East will be extended, claims West Midlands Mayor

Tony Miles

WEST MIDLANDS Mayor Andy Street says High Speed 2’s eastern leg will go ahead in full eventually

Tony Miles
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Green HST proposed for Heart of Wales ‘Red Kite’

James Abbott

Plans are being drawn up to capitalise on the scenic value of the Heart of Wales line in the summer of 2023 with a tourist HST service

James Abbott
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Bradford will benefit from IRP, says Minister

Light rail boost is preferable to new line to Manchester, claims Stephenson

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Waterside service could be restored in 2024

James Abbott

CONFIDENCE IS growing that the green light will be given for passenger services to be restored on the Waterside line on the west side of Southampton Water under the ‘Restoring Your Railway’ programme

James Abbott
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GBR HQ: place your bets

Ian Walmsley

The answer to the ultimate question is 42. The number of bidders for the new 222 Marylebone Road

Ian Walmsley

Trackwatch - May 2022 issue

Martyn Brailsford

Our monthly summary of network changes

Martyn Brailsford
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Staycation Express suspended for 2022

RAIL CHARTER Services has confirmed that its summer service over the Settle to Carlisle line, popularly called the Staycation Express, will not operate in 2022.