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‘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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Glasgow and Edinburgh Map

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

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Modern Railways June 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

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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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
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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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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

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
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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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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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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

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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Bradford will benefit from IRP, says Minister

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

Trackwatch - May 2022 issue

Martyn Brailsford

Our monthly summary of network changes

Martyn Brailsford
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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
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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.

Anglia pioneers 21st Century Operations

ROGER FORD

■ Network Operations Strategy starting to deliver
■ Liverpool Street IECC pilots radical reorganisation
■ Key role for Luminate TMS

ROGER FORD

Piccadilly Line 2024 stock mock-up unveiled

Mayor calls for capital investment to secure TfL supply chain

Time is not on our side

Can we afford to wait for rail reform?

Island line ‘484s’ enter the fray

ROGER FORD

Comings and goings in New Train TIN-watch

ROGER FORD
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Minister aims to have GBR in place in early 2024

Emphasis on devolved structure of new organisation

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South Western signals upgraded

The major schemes at Feltham and on the Portsmouth Direct line are headlining the Control Period 6 signalling programme in Wessex

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Modern Railways May 2022

The full issue in page-turning format

Electrification: Prove you can deliver, demands DfT

ROGER FORD

■ TRU and MML electrification test cases for cost reduction claims
■ TDNS rolling programme on hold
■ ‘Stop moaning’, electrification proponents told
■ Network Rail Board goes full duckweed

ROGER FORD
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Gentlemen, please lift the seat

Ian Walmsley

Train toilets are never pleasant places – this innovation might just make them better. Don’t read this over your breakfast, or if you think the innovation process works

Ian Walmsley
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Rail rises to the COP26 challenge

Whistles Special Award recognises combined effort for climate change conference