RE151: The InterCity Express Programme must die!
Inside the December issue:
• News: Hanson Traction Class 56s to power Freight Europe/Colas Rail steel trial. Government ‘passionate’ about electrification. FGW loco-hauled for Taunton-Cardiff. New Tesco Express flow to Inverness commences. Work starts on Derby Etches Park extension. ORR slashes Network Rail budget. Three more Class 87s depart for Bulgaria.
• Special feature: Ian Warmsley, Porterbrook Leasing’s Engineering Development Manager, puts forward an alternative – and much cheaper – alternative to the DfT’s increasingly obsolete looking Intercity Express Programme.
• Feature: With the Direct Rail Services Class 20s only being booked to operate two of DRS’s 13 Railhead Treatment Train circuits, Gareth Bayer jumped at the chance to to join one of the crews on an epic 20-hour cab ride around the Leeds and Hull area.
• Book offer: A second chance to purchase Terry Moors’s new book on Crewe and Cheshire railways in the 1980s. Due to be published soon.
• Nostalgia: Forty years ago, the North Yorkshire Moors Railway came into existence, after agreeing a price to purchase the 18-mile line from Grosmont and Pickering from BR. Plus the railway and current affairs headlines from 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.
• Columns: Your favourite in-depth monthly reading – Railtours, Preservation, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Irish Angle, complete with superb supporting photography. Some columns feature expanded pictorial coverage.
• Modelling: Our main feature this issue takes a look at Steve Harrod’s Gauge One slice of diesel-hydraulic shed life layout, Worcester Road. There are reviews of the latest products, including Hornby’s all-new Class 43 HST power car and Graham Farish’s Class 08 and 47, plus a guide to building the Bratchell Class 456 two-car EMU. Plus a run down of the latest news, along with a look at why the ‘credit crunch’ might not be terrible news for your hobby.