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In the latest issue of RAIL, Paul Clifton investigates a new report stating that with Government backing, rail freight could deliver more than £5bn in economic benefits a year, taking 20 million lorry journeys a year off Britain’s roads. In the latest stock developments, the first Stadler Class 555 for Tyne and Wear Metro arrives in the UK, whilst driver training begins at Velim test track and South Western Main Line returns to a full timetable, after NR completes repairs following landslip.

Elsewhere in the issue we delve in the Beeching report to discover how – and why – the railway network needed to change. We review several factors that over many decades led to the The Reshaping of British Railways and uncover whether Transport Minister Ernest Maples was the real villain.

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