New issue: RE156 May 2009

rex156-cover-p1small1RE156: Comeback Kids
Inside the May issue:

• News: DB Schenker returns Class 37s to action on railtour and freight work, including a long stored Class 37/5. Eurostar Class 373 fleet is to get a new livery as part of refurbishment contract, Class 92s are to be readied for freight workings over the High Speed 1 Channel Tunnel rail link and Bombardier is confirmed as supplier for a new Stansted Express EMU build. On the preservation front, a NRM supported group is to restore Deltic No. 55002 King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry to service with a possible main line return.

• Feature: Our popular Retrospectrum feature returns with a look back at Railfreight Distribution’s ‘European’ colour scheme introduced in 1993. Seven pages of stunning images support a full history and locomotive listing. Class 47s, which are best remembered for their paired operation on Channel Tunnel feeder freights, feature prominently and include many Tinsley depot favourites.

• Nostalgia: Twenty years ago, the Settle & Carlisle line was saved after the government refused to give British Rail permission to axe the route following massive protests. Plus the railway, current affairs and pop music news from 10, 20, 30, 40 & 50 years ago.

• Columns: Not to be missed in-depth monthly reading – Railtours, Preservation, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Irish Angle, complete with top supporting photography.

• Modelling: We take a scalpel to the best ‘OO’ gauge Class 47 currently available and, linking with our main feature, upgrade a couple of ViTrains models as well as giving them a repaint into RfD European colours. Heljan’s long awaitied Class 17 ‘Clayton’ model has hit the shops. The new Type 1 is given a close critical examination to see how it measures up with some interesting conclusions. Dapol’s ‘N’ gauge DVT is also given a look over along a with preview of the forthcoming Railex (Aylesbury) and expoEM (Bracknell) shows which feature plenty of diesel and electric era content.

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