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Steam Legends Help Launch Scottish ‘Azumas’
LNER introduced Class 800 bi-modes to Anglo-Scottish services from the start of August and, prior to that, ran press previews trips from York to Darlington on July 30 and Edinburgh-Berwick on July 31. The York trip was greeted by A4 steam loco No. 44
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LNER Stands Down First Class 91
HAVING spread their wings onto Anglo-Scottish services from August 1, the continuing roll out of the Hitachi-built ‘Azuma’ IETs has allowed LNER to withdraw the first of its 31-strong Class 91 fleet, the unnamed No. 91108. The electric loco was compl
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Intensive Timetable Serves Royal Portrush Open Championship
NORTHERN Ireland Railways ran a revised special timetable on the Belfast to Portrush/Londonderry line from July 14-21 for the 148th Open golf championship, which was held at Royal Portrush for only the second time, after a gap of 68 years. Just under
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Top TEA from Graham Farish
A BRAND-NEW model of the once common 102t bogie tank wagon has been promised by Graham Farish for a few years; with tantalising images of the Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge model in the Graham Farish catalogue to keep ‘N’ gauge modellers in a state of keen anti
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GWR Prepares For ‘Biggest Timetable Change Since The 1970s’
SERVICES between Paddington and South Wales will be speeded up from December as a new timetable makes use of the electrification through to Cardiff. Great Western Railway describes this as the biggest change since 1976 when HSTs were introduced. Clas
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News Round-up
FIVE more Class 60s (Nos. 60006, 60050, 60060, 60081 and 60086, all located at Toton) have been offered for sale by DB. Notably celebrity Corus silver-liveried No. 60006 (in store since November 2004) and No. 60050 (in store since June 2006) have bot
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Iarnrod Eireann / Irish Rail
■ TRAFFIC & TRACTION: Retro-liveried No. 071 was failed at Ballina on June 24 and transferred to Dublin North Wall on the 29th in the consist of the 08.15 IWT container train, which was headed by classmate No. 081. The inclusion of No. 071 ‘inside’ N
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Great Western HST Power Cars
ALL but 24 HST power cars and their associated Mk.3 trailers have been released by First Great Western for store or reallocation following the introduction of Class 800 and Class 802 multiple units on long distance intercity services originating from
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When Saturday Came Paignton
THE area around Torbay in Devon has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and Paignton itself was mentioned in the 11th century Domesday Book, remaining a small fishing town until the 19th century when trips to the seaside began to become fashionab
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Powerscene
WITH Type 4 No. 47773 unavailable, it fell to London Transport-liveried EE Type 1 No. 20142 to accompany ‘Jubilee’ No. 45596 Bahamas on the 1Z54/07.45 Dorridge-Hereford tour on July 20. The special was routed via Birmingham Snow Hill, Worcester, Lydn
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The all-seeing NOC
THE statistics of around 25,000 trains a day operating across 20,000 miles of Network Rail track every 24 hours are well rehearsed, and the National Operations Centre could be described as the heart of these operations. From its base in Milton Keynes
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Cargowaggons, Timber Wagons Announced By Revolution Trains
WITH delivery of its brand-new ‘OO’ gauge model of the up-to-date Ealnos MMA bogie box wagon imminent, Revolution Trains has turned its attention to producing a ‘OO’ gauge model of the ‘Sfins 2’, a large ferry van constructed in Germany in several ba
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0 To 60! Just How Nimble Are Today’s Locos And Units, And What’s The Quickest Off The Mark?
CATCHING up with brand-new traction can sometimes be unrewarding. Some classes are sidelined with gremlins that appear as soon as they are tested in front line service. A lot depends on good ‘intel’ too, which is less of a problem in this internet ag
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Then & Now: Doncaster
A BUSY scene – as ever –at Doncaster on June 17, 1978 finds ‘Deltic’ No. 55007 Pinza leaving northbound with the 10.55 King’s Cross-Edinburgh as Type 2 No. 31115 heads south with a load of steel girders. This was the height of British Rail’s Corporat
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Northern '144s' To Be Retained Into 2020
NORTHERN is to keep a number of Class 144 units beyond the end of the year, it has been confirmed. The news, which was widely expected, was confirmed by Rail Minister Andrew Jones on July 18, who stated that a small number of units would be retained
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Heljan’s ‘Sulzer’ Surprise
HARD on the heels of Heljan’s ‘OO’ gauge Class 45 announcement comes an exciting follow-up in the form of a brand-new Class 47 model in ‘OO’ gauge. Either by accident or design the announcement is anatural progression given that the Class 47 was fitt
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Time Traveller
The passenger service between Llanelli and Shrewsbury over the Central Wales Line, which had been proposed for withdrawal, was reprieved. The decision was made by the Minister of Transport following a study of the TUCC report and all other relevant f
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Two move to Avon Valley Railway
AS part of the drive by GWR to concentrate its remaining fleet of ‘08s’ on those with 110V electrical equipment, another of the 90V locos has been sold, with Bristol St Philip’s Marsh No. 08663 entering preservation at the nearby Avon Valley Railway
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China Clays, 'Toad B' and LMS stock
A THIRD batch of weathered Bachmann ‘OO’ gauge China Clay Open Wagons has been commissioned by Kernow Model Rail Centre as part of its limited edition range. Sold in packs of three individually treated wagons, each one is fitted with a flat tarpaulin
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MK.2Fs AND SOME MEASUREMENTS
MEASURING up various ‘OO’ gauge Mk.2 air-conditioned coaches shows some subtle differences between various manufacturers' interpretations of some important features. Two were checked after measuring up the new Hornby Mk.2f coaches: the first being
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Letters
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Weekend Project: Simple Strip Steel Coil
STRIP steel coil mouldings supplied with many ready to run models in both ‘N’ and ‘OO’ gauge are not always as convincing as we would like, assuming they are supplied at all. The simple method demonstrated in this article can be used to make coil loa
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Private sale for ‘Green’ 1986 Stock
AFTER being offered to the museum sector with no takers, the London Transport Museum has made the difficult decision to dispose of its prototype 1986 Tube Stock car No. 16, which was acquired in 1996. Currently housed at the Museum’s Acton Depot, the
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