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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 December 2021

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Modern Railways November 2021

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Modern Railways October 2021

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Explore the latest from Modern Railways Magazine

800 Series cracking – ORR final report


■ No independent technical investigation
■ Call for review of standards
■ Six-year modification programme
■ Four weeks out of service for nine-car set
■ Fresh crack locations emerging


‘345s’ in the spotlight


How will the Elizabeth Line trains perform as the central section opens?


Carmont report triggers Mk 3 safety scare


■ Extensive industry studies validated life extension
■ Structural integrity the key
■ Crashworthiness standards focused on low-speed collisions

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Glasgow and Edinburgh Map

An extract from the latest 15th Edition of Bakers Rail Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland

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Modern Railways June 2022

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HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Edward Earl of Wessex at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at Paddington to mark the completion of the Elizabeth line. COURTESY TfL News Premium

The Queen marks Elizabeth line completion

The Queen made an unexpected visit to Paddington Elizabeth Line station to mark the route's completion ahead of its imminent opening.

South Eastern milked over 13-year period


■ DfT imposes £23.5 million penalty
■ Overpayments hidden in TOC accounts
■ DfT recovers £64 million

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Cautious changes for post-Covid era

James Abbott

JAMES ABBOTT reviews the timetable change coming on 15 May

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Return to Cardiff

Ian Walmsley

‘The pithead bath’s a supermarket now’sang Max Boyce. At Canton the diesel fuel tank is now a substation, which doesn’t scan quite so well but is a sign of progress

Ian Walmsley
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Blockade blitz


Network Rail’s Southern Region has mastered the art of longer, more productive closures of the railway for maintenance, with Wessex Route leading the way. PHILIP SHERRATT reports


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