More ways to enjoy RAIL EXPRESS!

August 3, 2010

Your favourite modern traction magazine is now available as a digital-only version.

RAIL EXPRESS on the iPad

AS PROMISED IN last issue’s editorial, not only was RAIL EXPRESS No. 171 out on time – in most places – but we are now pleased to debut the digital-only subscription to the magazine, perfect for the emerging range of PC tablet products, including the iPad.

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UK launch for Freightliner Class 70

November 8, 2009

After two years of design and construction, Freightliner’s new GE Powerhaul locos hit the UK.

Nos. 70001 & 70002 are the first examples of a brand new main line locomotive design to arrive in the UK for over a decade.

AT AN EVENT at Newport Docks, Gwent, today (November 8th, 2009), representatives from Freightliner and General Electric unveiled the first two ‘Powerhaul’ locomotives to arrive in the UK.

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New issue: RE158 July 2009

June 29, 2009

RAIL EXPRESS No. 158RE158: Decision time for DRS over Class 20s
Inside the July issue:

• News: DB Schenker wins a five-year contract to operate services for the Royal Mail, taking over from First GBRf. Direct Rail Services sends its Class 20 fleet to Eastleigh Works for assessment, but how many will get overhauls? Colas Rail begins Dollands Moor to Hams Hall container service. South Central remains Southern as Govia retains franchise. Past-Time Rail goes ‘bust’. New freight terminal opens in Telford. Government reorganises London & Continental.
News extra: 20 British locomotives are in action in Spain on high-speed work, find out more here.
• Feature: Popular with enthusiasts and photographers the original Direct Rail Services colour scheme is being rapidly replaces with the ‘compass’ image introduced with the Class 66/4s. In the latest installment of our popular Retrospectrum series, Simon Bendall gives a history of the livery and a full run-down of the locomotives which carried it.
• Nostalgia: Two decades ago, British Rail accepted the first Class 60 Type 5 at a handover ceremony at Brush, Loughborough. Plus the railway, current affairs and pop music news from 10, 20, 30, 40 & 50 years ago.


Preservation: The Mid-Hants Diesel Gala – the first in four years – flops but the organising team promises to listen to enthusiast feedback. The Plym Valley is the new home for No. 50017 Royal Oak, while there is a listing of all the latest Class 50 news, including happenings with Nos. 50008 Thunderer, 50026 Indomitable, 50049 Defiance and several others.
• Columns: Your favourite in-depth monthly reading – Railtours, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Irish Angle, complete with superb supporting photography. Some columns feature expanded pictorial coverage.
• Modelling: Reviewed is the much anticipated Bachmann Class 150 ‘Sprinter’ DMU, while there is a run down of the latest new products, which includes a surprise brand new 4mm scale Mk. 3b Driving Van Trailer from Hornby, which will be released in September this year! Plus, we present a selection of images of new models on display and some of the layouts that attended the recent DEMU Showcase Event at the beginning of June.

DB Schenker unveils new look

January 22, 2009

DBS swaps maroon and gold for red and grey.


BRITAIN’S LARGEST RAIL freight company, DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd, formerly known as English Welsh & Scottish Railway Company, has revealed its brand new image, which will be displayed on everything from locomotives to stationary and uniforms. Clearly inspired by the famous livery of its parent company, Deutsche Bahn, it continues the use of the ‘Schenker’ name in the UK, which first appeared on Class 60 ‘specials’ Nos. 60040 & 60074.

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D9016 saved… and to go main line!

October 8, 2008

You can’t keep controversial ‘Deltic’ D9016 down!

Deltic D9016 Gordon Highlander

CLASS 55 No. D9016/55016 Gordon Highlander, the ‘Deltic’ owned by Harry Needle Railway Company and under threat of being scrapped for spares, has been saved in a surprising twist.

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