RE139: Best for pictures, best for news
Inside the December issue:
• News: Four new operators are born as the railway franchise map is redrawn: East Midlands Trains, London Midland, Arriva CrossCountry and London Overground – RE provides the gen on the new routes and how the old fleets have been carved up. St Pancras International opens to acclaim. Grand Central starts testing. Stobart transfers Victa Westlink Rail operations to DRS. EWS orders 60 new Class 66s for Euro Cargo Rail and much more…
• Features: With Virgin Trains having lost the Cross Country franchise to Arriva, former VXC Managing Director Chris Gibb provides a history of the ground-breaking ex InterCity operation. For nostalgia lovers, there are two anniversary articles this month. RAIL EXPRESS commemorates 50 years of the BTH Type 1s (Class 15s) and looks back to 1977, when the ‘boosters’, the last Southern Region third-rail electric Class 71 locomotives, were withdrawn from service.
• Columns: All your favourite monthly reading – Railtours, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Irish Angle, etc.
• Modelling: With the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition at the NEC approaching, RAIL EXPRESS Modeller previews the diesel and electric exhibits, including an in-depth look at the 1967-period locomotives of Peter Johnson’s outstanding ‘EM’ Canada Road layout. We also reveal our next special edition model in conjunction with Dapol, the Mk. 3b DVT.