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Half-term success for Staycation Express

Rail Charter Services reported good loadings on its tourist trains on the Settle and Carlisle line, which returned during the autumn half-term holiday at the end of October.

From little ‘Okes’ could mighty routes bloom?

Could the Okehampton reopening provide a template for other projects?

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A REVOLUTION FOR THE PICCADILLY LINE

A new generation of trains for the Piccadilly Line is now under construction. Siemens Director of Major Programmes DAVE HOOPER and TfL Programme Delivery Engineer SIMON FORD talk to ANDY RODEN about the challenges in designing and introducing them

Lineside vegetation must be tackled

Salisbury collision brings rail adhesion issues to the fore

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Okehampton rejoins the National Rail network

Completion in nine months with Project Speed ethos

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Modern Railways December 2021

The full issue in page-turning format

Siemens challenges HS2 train contract award

▄ Preferred Joint Venture bid failed on technical assessment
▄ Injunction sought to halt ministerial approval
▄ Third legal challenge after CAF and Talgo

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BROKEN ARROW

If it ain’t broke – keep trying

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High-speed people

High Speed 2 and contractors are running a major programme to recruit apprentices. One of them, JOAB LITTLEFIELD, talks to ANDY RODEN about his experiences on Britain’s new railway

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Edinburgh Trams extends

Services to Newhaven on course for 2023 start

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LNER takes on more ‘225s’

Extra rakes to bolster fleet while Azuma cracking issues are resolved

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North to South Wales Mk 4 service expanded

Three return workings a day with '67s' and Mk 4s

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Czech Republic looks to high-speed future

The Czech Republic has ambitious plans to expand its high-speed rail network. KEITH FENDER reveals how the network will be transformed by 2050

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Bringing new life to Scottish stations

JOHN YELLOWLEES, ScotRail’s Honorary Rail Ambassador and a member of the Railway Heritage Trust’s Advisory Panel, reviews recent restoration projects north of the border

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ROUTING HIGH SPEED 2

During High Speed 2’s extensive planning, many options were considered for the route. DAN HARVEY explains how and why the final selection was made

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REACH FOR THE WIRE

Innovation where it is most needed, cutting the cost of electrification

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WHAT’S NEW?

A stroll around Railtex shows an industry down, but not out

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Welsh service enhancements will go ahead

Second hourly service on Ebbw Vale line in December

ELECTRIFICATION U-TURN - Taken to task on central direction

■ Centralisation deprecated all round
■ Industry proposes turnkey contracts
■ Informed sources put me straight

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Willesden’s logistics revival

The former Euroterminal site is playing a pivotal role in HS2’s London operations, reports PHILIP SHERRATT

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HIGHLANDS BOUNCE BACK

Scotland’s Highland railways have survived the pandemic and are full of potential for the future, HITRANS’ FRANK ROACH tells JAMES ABBOTT

WIGAN – BOLTON ELECTRIFICATION - Business case trumps high cost

■ Six route miles tops GWEP unit costs 
■ 17 bridges highlights civils cost challenge 
■ National Electrification Efficiency Panel in challenge mode

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CVL masts start to appear

Signs of electrification progress on Core Valley Lines

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A STATION FIT FOR A QUEEN STREET?

ANN GLEN charts the history of Glasgow’s historic station following its recent renaissance

GOVERNMENT RAISES TRAIN AIR QUALITY CONCERNS

■ RSSB research highlights complex problem
■ Hitachi bi-modes and Voyagers the worst offenders
■ More trains to be monitored
■ Swift action promised

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SCOTLAND’S SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE

Balancing revenues and costs and tackling climate change are the main priorities for the railway north of the border, as Transport Scotland’s Director of Rail BILL REEVE and Scotland’s Railway MD ALEX HYNES tell PHILIP SHERRATT

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Vivarail’s American dream

Class 230 exported for Pop-Up Metro demonstrations

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HS2 LOOKS UP IN LONDON

Construction of High Speed 2’s Old Oak Common station and crossover box is gathering pace. ANDY RODEN visits the sites to reveal how these vital parts of the HS2 jigsaw are taking shape

SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT

Five-car ‘710s’ still on top in New Train TIN-watch

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SUBWAY CELEBRATES MAJOR MILESTONES

ANTONY SMITH, Director of Subway at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, tells PHILIP SHERRATT about plans to mark the Glasgow underground’s 125th birthday and progress with the ongoing modernisation