RE168: First with the news!
Inside the May 2010 issue:
• News: Infrastructure and freight operator Jarvis enters administration, taking subsidiary Fastline Freight with it. DB Schenker wins Network Rail test train contract and purchases Arriva for £1.6 billion. DBS also offers Class 58s for sale. First considers offloading GB Railfreight and Hull Trains. The Government warns that rising Network Rail debt is unsustainable. The Underground PPP is slammed by a MP Select Committee.
• News special: RAIL EXPRESS provides a guide to the rail policies of the major parties wanting your vote in the forthcoming General Election.
• News is pictures: GBRf celebrates Metronet 100, Freightliner’s ‘Powerhaul’ GEs branch out – first railtour, first infrastrucutre train. A Class 37 finds its way onto the Workington shuttles.
• Feature: One of the newest entrants to the freight market has met an untimely end despite securing a significant long-term coal haulage contract and recording impressive performance figures. Fastline Freight operations ceased on a few weeks ago after its parent company Jarvis was forced into administrations. Here, Paul Shannon looks back over the firm’s short but turbulent history.
• Railtours: Our columnist reports from the latest Spitfire multi-traction railtour, the ‘Cumbrian Crusader II’, which saw the first appearance of an orange, black and yellow Class 66/8 on a passenger train.
• Preservation: One of the West Somerset Railway-based Class 33s, 33057, moves to Brush at Loughborough for attention and could be back in traffic later this year. Meanwhile, Scottish DMUs benefit from SRPS grant award for covered accommodation.
• Time Traveller: The famous depot at Finsbury Park, North London, was commissioned three decades ago this April. The celebrated maintenance facility, which closed in 1981, was responsible for looking after motive power on the southern section of the ECML and is best known for its association with the ‘Deltics’. With the Deltic Preservation Society marking the anniversary at its Barrow Hill depot in May, Murray Brown provides a flavour of the site’s early days of operation.
• Columns: Your favourite in-depth monthly reading – Messroom, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Coaches, Wagons and Irish Angle, complete with superb supporting photography.
• Modelling: All the news and reviews for D&E era modellers. Kernow transfers ‘Thumper’ production from Dapol to Bachmann, plus more RAIL EXPRESS Modeller reveals more upgrades for the Class 37/7 project. There are reviews of the new Class 86 locomotives released in ‘OO’ by Heljan and ‘N’ by Dapol. Peter Johnson details Brush prototype Falcon, while the Mostyn team reports from the Ally Pally exhibition.
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