RE160: Stobart shops around: DRS ditched, DB Schenker in the driving seat.
Inside the September issue:
• News: Stobart Rail swaps rail provider Direct Rail Services for DB Schenker. National Express fights to keep c2c and NXEA franchises. Colas Rail takes over the Ford/Transfesa ‘Blue Train’, the Government wants to replace short-haul aviation with high-speed rail links and the final ‘Javelin’ EMUs arrive from Japan.
• News in pictures: Electric Traction Services launches the refurbished Class 86/7 ‘Constellation’ Class, the Barrow Hill roundhouse event saw Class 56s 56006 & 56101 back in action. Hanson Traction’s 56114 leaves the NVR for Colas repaint.
• Reviews: Our lead review takes a look at a weighty new volume covering Brush-designed diesels. Plus a round-up of the latest DVDs and books to buy.
• Retrospectrum: The controversial purple and white house colours of rolling stock leasing firm Porterbrook are recalled in this in-depth livery history. Includes listing and images of all locomotives to carry the colourful scheme.
• 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 coverage such as a full shunter location listing.
• Modelling: RAIL EXPRESS reveals its next exciting limited edition locomotive in the form of Bachmann Class 37/5 No. 37670 St Blazey T&RS Depot in the latest DB Schenker red and grey. There are also images of out painted Colas Rail Class 47/7 sample. Also, reviews of Hornby’s buffer-fitted HST power cars, Bachmann’s ‘splitbox’ ‘Peak’ and Class B 100-tonne tankers, Graham Farish’s Class 150 ‘Sprinter’ and the rest of Dapol’s Class 67s. There is the usual Mostyn serial, and the first part of a detailed look at modelling the revised Doncaster ‘Grids’.
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