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Modern Railways March 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

New HS2 fleet - short on detail

ROGER FORD

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

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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
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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

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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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

Daydream believers

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

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Celebrating community achievement

Vicki Pipe

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

Vicki Pipe

Passenger traffic recovery - LNER shows the way

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

ROGER FORD
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New fleet for the DART

Tony Miles

TONY MILES describes the new Alstom fleet ordered for commuter services in Dublin

Tony Miles

Branch line revolution or one-day wonder?

ALAN WILLIAMS

Our columnist questions the longevity of the Restoring your Railway initiative

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
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Curzon Street transforms Birmingham

Andy Roden

High Speed 2’s station in central Birmingham is set to transform the city’s rail architecture while recognising its history. ANDY RODEN examines the plan for this major architectural statement on Britain’s new railway

Andy Roden
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Commonwealth Ambition

PHILIP SHERRATT

MALCOLM HOLMES, Executive Director at West Midlands Rail Executive, and DENISE WETTON, Central Route Director at Network Rail, tell PHILIP SHERRATT how this summer’s Commonwealth Games will be a major milestone in the region’s post-Covid recovery

PHILIP SHERRATT

Table-toppers improving

ROGER FORD

​Reliability growth in New Train TIN-watch is slow, but there are more graduates on the horizon

ROGER FORD
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Modern Railways February 2022

The full issue in page-turning PDF format

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Gosforth gets ready for new Metro fleet

The first phase of the rebuild of the Tyne and Wear Metro depot has been completed

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Freight EMU operations poised for growth

RAIL OPERATIONS (UK) Ltd’s Orion subsidiary began rail freight services on 23 November, when the company’s first Wembley to Shieldmuir (Glasgow) run for Royal Mail was made.

IRP: time to shape the vision

How should the industry respond to the Integrated Rail Plan?

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New Year, New Network

Vicki Pipe

Following the resumption of regular services, what difference will the Dartmoor line make to the community in Okehampton?

Vicki Pipe
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TfW diesel Flirts may start on Rhymney line

Rhodri Clark

First new Stadler train arrives in Cardiff

Rhodri Clark

Process delays £4m fleet sanding pilot

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■ Salisbury highlights lack of urgency
■ Dual Variable Rate Sander offers adhesion-agnostic braking
■ Four months spent haggling over Class 323 fitment contract
■ Earlier ScotRail bid rejected

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Reasons to be cheerful – part two

Ian Walmsley

In the January 2009 issue I thought I would lighten the mood by listing the best things about the UK railway. Thirteen years on, it seems a good time to try that again

Ian Walmsley

ECML upgrade: DfT jumps the shark

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◾ IRP forecasts imply London to Edinburgh 3hr 35min timing
◾ Other timings equally improbable
◾ Benefits of 140mph overstated
◾ Final infrastructure upgrades completed by 2037

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Signalling – competition review hits market reality

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◾ ETCS focused
◾ Siemens the dominant player
◾ Limited new entrants available to challenge incumbents
◾ Hitachi sweeps up alternative potential ETCS suppliers

ROGER FORD
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Rail is green - but do passengers care?

Transport Focus has investigated attitudes towards sustainable transport. Chief Executive ANTHONY SMITH questions whether simply being ‘green’ will be enough to persuade people out of their cars

North of England rails against disintegrated plan

ALAN WILLIAMS

Integrated Rail Plan lets down the North of England, says our columnist

ALAN WILLIAMS
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Trackwatch - January 2022

Martyn Brailsford

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

Martyn Brailsford
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Certainty needed for rolling stock market

Avoiding boom and bust is crucial