RE154: IEP moves a step closer!
Inside the March issue:
• News: The Hitachi-led Agility Trains group is announced by the Department for Transport as the preferred bidder for the HST replacement Intercity Express Programme. DB Schenker U-turns on the Class 60 fleet in the face of the deepening recession – the whole fleet is to be axed as ‘non standard’! Europhoenix completes Class 86 demonstrator and first export locomotive. London Overground Phase 2 extension is given the go ahead. Branson and Bowker trade jibes over alleged ECML franchise problems.
• Feature: Our main feature this month is another of our detailed Retrospectrum features. The livery to come under the spotlight this issue is the final version of InterCity livery – Swallow – which was worn by diesels, electrics and the whole HST fleet. A full locomotive list is included along with stunning photographs of all the classes to carry the attractive scheme.
• Nostalgia: Two decades ago, the River Ness viaduct collapsed after heavy rains, stranding five Class 37/4 locomotives north of Inverness. Plus the railway, current affairs and pop music news from 10, 20, 30, 40 & 50 years ago.
• Competition: Railfilms expands its fleet of luxury Pullman style vehicles with a new Mk. 2 undergoing restoration for its new charter operation – and you can choose its name!
• 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: The fascinating mixed-up Sectorisation era of Parcels traffic is our main feature, including our popular train formations. Plus we reveal our next Special Edition locomotives offer. There are also reviews of the latest new diesel and electric era products from Hornby, Dapol and Bachmann, a simple detailing feature on Heljan’s ‘O’ gauge Class 37, and the latest modelling news.