RE170: First for traction news and photography!
Inside the July 2010 issue:
• News: Eurotunnel snaps up GB Railfreight for £31 million to become a major European operator, First Great Western marks GWR 175th anniversary with a repaint for Class 57/6, Freightliner rolls out Class 86/6 in Powerhaul livery, Great Anglia and LTS line franchise renewals on hold as Government looks at consultation, the Con-Lib coalition also reviews plans for new rolling stock.Falling income from government and train operators causes Network Rail to struggle. Class 67s return to mail as DB Schenker takes over mail trains.
• News in pictures: DB Schenker celebrity Class 37/4 Pride of the Valleys continues its UK tour with a trip along the West Highland line, the former EWS Executive Train visits Foewy in connection with a new freight contract and the Direct Rail Services-operated ‘Floodex’ trains come to an end.
• Pictorial: The Class 50s dominated on the old London & South Western route to Exeter from the early 1980s, but by 1991 their tenure was coming to an end. Photographer Mark Darby made several trips to during that final glorious summer to record the 100mph English Electric machines in action and we reproduce a selection of them in this article.
• Feature: The acquisition of GB Railfreight by Eurotunnel could be a marriage made in heaven, especially in view of the Channel Tunnel operator’s expansion in France through the purchase of Veolia Cargo last year. With the jigsaw complete, and the company also intending to bid for High Speed 1, Andrew Cardle and Philip Sutton provide and overview of the company and explain the strategy behind the deal which, at long last, should see cross-channel rail freight begin to prosper.
• Railtours: West Coast Railway’s class 37s stand in for steam locomotives after a string of failures. PTG Bulgarian railtour is a success and GBRf set to operate UK Railtours’ late-summer charters. Includes full railtour listings for July and outstanding photography of May’s specials.
• Preservation: The National Railway Museum’s 08911 Matey lands a starring role in a play based on the Railway Children which will premier at the old Waterloo International platforms. Harry Needle puts 22 locomotives up for sale, while Pete Waterman’s 47401 gets a bogie swap. Plus the best gala images!
• Time Traveller: After three and a half decades of London commuter service, the end came for the Class 307s in 1990, however, eight units managed to survive the cull for a West yorkshire swansong.
• Columns: Your favourite in-depth monthly reading – Messroom, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Coaches, Wagons and Irish Angle, complete with superb supporting photography.
• Modelling: The DEMU Showcase Event in Burton-upon-Trent saw another excellent selection of new products and layouts on display. RAIL EXPRESS Modeller was there with its studio to photograph the highlights, including two brand new Network Rail infrastructure wagons from Dapol, Bachmann’s Autoballasters and the FLA Freightliner flat from C-Rail. We also reveal the first pictures of the new Heljan ‘O’ gauge Class 26 and 33 locomotives and Modelzone’s forthcoming TPO coach. New editor Gareth Bayer models the final unrefurbished Class 50 – Warspite – using the Hornby model and a selection of new detail parts from Shawplan and PH Designs. There are also reviews of the Bachmann MOA and Dapol 4mm scale catenary.
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