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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 March 2020

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Modern Railways February 2020

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Modern Railways January 2020

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Explore the latest from Modern Railways Magazine

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Keeping the Premier line up to scratch

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

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Electrification deception

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

800 Series – Hitachi’s remedial mods break cover

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

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Preparing the WCML for HS2

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

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Modern Railways March 2022

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Trackwatch - February 2022 issue

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 (

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Goodbye to the ‘Y’… for now?

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

New HS2 fleet - short on detail

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

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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

■ 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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