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September 14, 2010

The Rail Express site is changing! We’re moving to a larger website which will offer an easier layout, more articles, galleries and polls.
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New issue: RE170 July 2010

June 30, 2010

RAIL EXPRESS No. 170RE170: 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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Freightliner reveals new Powerhaul livery

September 15, 2009

New pictures of the GE/Freightliner Class 70 have been released.

Freightliner Powerhaul livery

THE INTRODUCTION OF the new General Electric Class 70 ‘Powerhaul’ locomotives for Freightliner will also see a radically revised colour scheme and branding debut on the new machines. Pictures of the newly painted locos have been released by Freightliner and they are reproduced here.

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New issue: RE144 May 2008

April 22, 2008

RAIL EXPRESS No. 144RE144: New Wrexham-London direct service begins
Inside the May issue:
News: National Express drops it Class 90+Mk. 3 train plan for the ECML and joins several other TOCs all bidding to secure redundant Class 180 DMUs. Hull Trains, Grand Central and NXEC all plan service expansion and Wrexham & Shropshire services begin running. The DfT reveals plans for expanded ‘Pendolino’ fleet and 1,100 new EMU vehicles for Thameslink.
Feature: Retrospectrum returns with a detailed look at the Railfreight Metals sub-sector livery complete with a history, full loco listing and some stunning images.


Columns: Your favourite monthly reading – Railtours, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Irish Angle, complete with superb supporting photography. There is a big surprise as DRS is to return 10 Class 66/4s to Porterbrook Leasing.
Modelling: All the news including more surprise Heljan announcements and details of our next limited edition Hornby model which will take the form of the blue DB Schenker TCT Charity Class 60. We also feature Mike Anson’s superb 1970s Western Region diesel depot modelled to ‘P4’ standards.

New issue: RE135 August 2007

July 24, 2007

RAIL EXPRESS issue No. 135

RE135: Best value, best pictures

Inside the August issue:
News: Franchise shake up sees Arriva grab Cross Country, Stagecoach win in the East Midlands and Govia in the West Midlands. Fastline and Victa Westlink announce new orders for Class 66s. HNRC to run stone trains for Lafarge.
Features: Former EWS boss Ed Burkhardt gives an insider’s view of the past, present and future operations of EWS following the DB takeover. Time Traveller special – 40 years ago DP2 was destroyed in an accident at Thirsk.
Columns: All your favourite monthly reading – Railtours, Traction & Rolling Stock, Unitary Authority, Irish Angle, etc.
Modelling: Nuclear is the theme for this month’s Modeller’s Guide, with photography, formations, and wagon drawings. REM reviews Bachmann’s new Class 47, VAA/VBA vans and TEA tanker, while Farish and Dapol ‘N’ items are also covered.