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Elizabeth Line: almost there

Final preparations for opening in progress

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Work together to embrace post-Covid change

The railway cannot duck the challenges it faces, says Network Rail's Tim Shoveller

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Modern Railways April 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

Swan: Consider freight when planning TRU

Freight operations must be considered carefully when planning ahead for the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade (TRU), Tarmac’s Head of Rail Chris Swan has told Modern Railways.

Network Rail slims ahead of GBR

ROGER FORD

■ Last decade’s headcount growth reversed
■ Redundancies to follow VSS
■ More savings from GBR efficiencies

ROGER FORD

Navigating stormy waters

Does the Integrated Rail Plan provide more opportunities than first thought?

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Croeso I Gymru!

Vicki Pipe

Community Rail projects in Wales and the Borders are supporting the post-Covid rebuild

Vicki Pipe
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Avanti West Coast looks to recovery

PHILIP SHERRATT

The West Coast operator is optimistic passengers will return, as its MD PHIL WHITTINGHAM and Operations Director NICK WESTCOTT tell PHILIP SHERRATT

PHILIP SHERRATT

Trans-Pennine troubles

ALAN WILLIAMS

Our columnist says future plans for routes across the North of England are inadequate

ALAN WILLIAMS

Operators facing revenue-cost gap

ROGER FORD

■ Omicron reversed ridership revival
■ Treasury sustains revenue support
■ Costs continued to increase through 2020-21

ROGER FORD
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Turbostar phone home

Ian Walmsley

Buy a new train these days and you get more remote condition data than you can shake a memory stick at. Cross Country’s Turbostars are getting down (loaded) with the kids

Ian Walmsley

Trackwatch - March 2022 issue

Martyn Brailsford

A digest of the main changes on Network Rail, London Underground and Northern Ireland Railways infrastructure during December 2021

Martyn Brailsford

Chasing Will o’the WISP

ROGER FORD

■ Consultation on 30-year plan
■ Public competition for GBR HQ
■ Legislation lagging privatisation timescale

ROGER FORD
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Alstom builds for the future

PHILIP SHERRATT

Alstom’s UK and Ireland Managing Director NICK CROSSFIELD talks to PHILIP SHERRATT about developments since the company’s acquisition of Bombardier

PHILIP SHERRATT

Lumo ‘803s’ leap into the lead

ROGER FORD

New entrant to New Train TIN-watch goes straight to the top

ROGER FORD
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Keeping the Premier line up to scratch

James Abbott

West Coast South Route Director JAMES DEAN explains to JAMES ABBOTT how he envisages the landscape unfolding after Covid

James Abbott
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Preparing the WCML for HS2

PHILIP SHERRATT

Major programmes at Euston, Crewe and elsewhere are getting under way, as DAVE PENNEY, Network Rail’s Passenger Director for the North West & Central Region, tells PHILIP SHERRATT and ANDY RODEN

PHILIP SHERRATT
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Electrification deception

Ian Walmsley

Discontinuous electrification is often suggested to reduce the cost of electrification – but only by people who know nothing about electrification

Ian Walmsley

800 Series – Hitachi’s remedial mods break cover

ROGER FORD

■ Substantial yaw damper arm mountings dwarf similar trains
■ Machined castings include bodyside stiffening
■ Alternative solutions reported on trial train

ROGER FORD
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Modern Railways March 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Chiltern Railways - where it all began

We present an extract from a new book from the mastermind behind the Chiltern Railways revitalisation, ADRIAN SHOOTER – with a money-off offer for readers

Trackwatch - February 2022 issue

Martyn Brailsford

A digest of the main changes on Network Rail, London Underground and Northern Ireland Railways infrastructure during November 2021; compiled by Martyn Brailsford of the Branch Line Society (www.branchline.uk).

Martyn Brailsford
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Goodbye to the ‘Y’… for now?

Dan Harvey

The Integrated Rail Plan curtailed HS2’s eastern leg to Leeds at East Midlands Parkway. But as DAN HARVEY explains, it might not be the end of ambitions for the full high-speed network

Dan Harvey

New HS2 fleet - short on detail

ROGER FORD

■ Train weight and seating claims confused
■ UK gauge ETR1000 likely
■ Mystery pantograph highlighted

ROGER FORD

Operators face ongoing new train woes

ROGER FORD

■ Alstom: Class 701 joins record lateness club
■ CAF: trams suffer weld failures
■ Hitachi: low availability compounds cracking issues
■ Stadler: passenger’s favourite tries maintainers

ROGER FORD
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Celebrating community achievement

Vicki Pipe

Projects large and small featured at the annual Community Rail Awards in December

Vicki Pipe

Daydream believers

Does the emphasis on railway reform mean we may lose focus on short-term challenges?

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Time to signal change

ALAN WILLIAMS

ALAN WILLIAMS challenges current disruptive and increasingly unaffordable methods of resignalling and suggests how lesser-used lines, and particularly single-track lines, might be cost-effectively signalled in the future

ALAN WILLIAMS
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The safety dance

Ian Walmsley

The creation of Great British Railways is the opportunity to simplify the organisations called into existence by fragmentation, not least in the safety industry

Ian Walmsley

Passenger traffic recovery - LNER shows the way

ROGER FORD

■ 20 points clear of next franchised long-distance TOC
■ ECML open access operators also recovered strongly
■ Greater freedom of action with OLR?

ROGER FORD