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Published for 50 years, Modern Railways has earned its reputation in the industry as an established and highly respected railway journal. It is essential reading for professionals in the railway industry as well as individuals with a general interest in the state and developments of the British railway network.

Providing in-depth coverage for all aspects of the industry, from traction and rolling stock to signalling and infrastructure management, Modern Railways carries not only the latest news but also analysis of why those events are happening.

Modern Railways keeps its readers fully informed with detailed articles, informative features, and special issues throughout the year.

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Modern Railways April 2020

Welcome to Modern Railways April 2020

Explore the latest from Modern Railways Magazine

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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


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


Operators face ongoing new train woes


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

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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 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

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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


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

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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?


Our columnist questions the longevity of the Restoring your Railway initiative


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