New Rail Express website

September 14, 2010

The Rail Express site is changing! We’re moving to a larger website which will offer an easier layout, more articles, galleries and polls.
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Chiltern gets bubbly for 50th

August 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Chiltern ‘Bubble Car’ 55020!

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CHILTERN RAILWAY’S AYLESBURY Station will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ‘Bubble Car’, between 10.00 and 17.00 on Saturday, September 4th. The single-car diesel unit – or British Rail Class 121 – is used during the weekday peak period between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury.

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Last chance to win From CIE to IR

August 26, 2010

You can win a copy of this cracking new publication from Ian Allan.

From CIE to IR

THIS IMPRESSIVE NEW book covers the huge changes that have taken place on Ireland’s railways over the last 30 years, with particular emphasis on the Republic’s diverse fleet of General Motor’s-powered locomotives. With superb reproduction throughout and extensively detailed captions, this beautifully presented landscape format volume is the perfect reminder of the once extensive loco-hauled passenger and freight operations that used to cover the country.

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New issue: RE172 September 2010

August 19, 2010

RAIL EXPRESS No. 172RE172: Best for modern railway news and analysis
Inside the September 2010 issue:

• News: DB Schenker takes over the Network Rail test train contract, but has to call in DRS Class 37s in its first week. Class 50s for Yeovil to Exeter open access loco-hauled service? HS2 review says no to Heathrow station, and proposes Old Oak Common for interim London terminal. October will see a Channel Tunnel run for DB ICE3M high-speed trainset. Just a skeleton staff will remain at Bombardier’s Ashford workshops as work on the Class 442 EMUs and the London Overground Class 378 fleet nears the end. 3-CIG Freshwater is to move to the Mid-Norfolk Railway in the autumn. Metrolink trams will be heading for Oldham and Rochdale town centres in 2014 and Manchester Airport in 2016 following the award of £500 million in funding.
• News in pictures: Direct Rail Services runs bagged cement trial in Scotland, Freightliner helps out as the wires come down in East Anglia, Class 20s and Class 73s congregate at Peterborough and there are extra ‘Golfex’ trains to cope with the crowds visiting St Andrews for the Open golf Championship.
• Feature: NXEA’s Rural Routes operation is one of the good news stories of the economic downturn, despite the region being amongst the worst hit by the recession. Murray Brown went to meet the people in charge of the operation to see what makes it tick, with a special emphasis on the planning for the loco-hauled Airshow ‘shuttles’ which take place every August.
• Pictorial: The inevitable has finally arrived, and the first Class 58s have been consigned to oblivion, following the sale of seven of the BREL-built Type 5s in a DB Schenker tender a few weeks back. The news isn’t all bad, as one of the machines has been purchased for preservation, but the remaining six will all be disposed of. RAIL EXPRESS looks back over the life of these ‘Bones’ and salutes their brief, but interesting, careers.

RAIL EXPRESS No. 172

• Railtours: Spitfire Railtours took a Class 33 to Whitby in the period under review – but where were all the passengers?. Plus our comprehensive railtour listings for the next month.
• Preservation: Alycidon lives up to its name with a series of high-speed runs on the GCR in July. Plus we take a look at the exciting line-up planned for the Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Class 37 event in late-September. It promises to be a memorable weekend!
• Time Traveller: After decades of decline, Newcastle’s rail users were given a boost in 1980 as the new Metro system opened between Haymarket and Tynemouth.
• Columns: Your favourite in-depth monthly reading – Messroom, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Coaches, Wagons and Irish Angle, complete with superb supporting photography.
• Modelling: With the Scalefour Society’s Scaleforum event fast approaching, there is plenty of coverage of the show’s diesel and electric era friendly line up. One of the layouts that will be attending, Birmingham Moor Street, which represents the West Midlands station in the 1960s or 1970-80s period, is our main feature this issue. We also take a close look at the new Bachmann Cravens Class 105 DMU and Dapol’s 4mm scale ‘Megafreet’ container flat wagon. Plus the usual news, exhibition diary and Mostyn serial.

On sale via subscription and specialist distribution now.


Rail boost for ‘V’ festival

August 16, 2010

NXEA is providing extra train services for the ‘V Festival’ 2010.

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FESTIVAL GOERS TRAVELLING to the ‘V’ Festival in Chelmsford, on Saturday August 21st and Sunday 22nd are being encouraged to choose the ‘green’ travel option and use public transport to the festival, reducing their carbon imprint in the process.

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East Coast asked to run new ‘Pendolino’ set

August 11, 2010

One of the new Italian-built 11-car Class 390s is planned to join the EC fleet next summer for commissioning.

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DIRECTLY OPERATED RAILWAYS Ltd., the company established by the Government in 2009 to manage Train Operating Companies that come back to the public sector, today announced that it is in discussion with industry parties concerning the possibility of commissioning a new 11-car Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ train on the East Coast Main Line.

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More ways to enjoy RAIL EXPRESS!

August 3, 2010

Your favourite modern traction magazine is now available as a digital-only version.

RAIL EXPRESS on the iPad

AS PROMISED IN last issue’s editorial, not only was RAIL EXPRESS No. 171 out on time – in most places – but we are now pleased to debut the digital-only subscription to the magazine, perfect for the emerging range of PC tablet products, including the iPad.

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