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Northern to continue with Pacers until end of 2020

Further dispensation for Pacers to continue operating with Northern has been approved by the Department for Transport. In separate letters signed by DfT Managing Director of Passenger Services Peter Wilkinson on behalf of the Secretary of State for Transport, and dated May 26, permission to retain 13 Class 142s and 20 Class 144s was confirmed.

DfT has “no idea what to do”, say top railway insiders

Strategic indecision and a complete leadership vacuum have paralysed Government and Department for Transport railway strategy. “Ministers don’t know what to do,” said a senior RAIL source close to the discussions. “That is the real story at the moment. I wouldn’t credit them with having a ...

Rail Magazine

Launched in 2003, the RAIL100 Breakfast Club is a business networking club for the industry’s senior managers. It helps members keep abreast of current topics within the industry and gives them the ability to discuss these with their peers.

HS2 progress: “volume of activity is growing"

Progress on High Speed 2 Phase 1 is now at “full throttle”, according to HS2 Ltd’s Director of Infrastructure Chris Rayner. Speaking exclusively to RAIL, Rayner said the main works on HS2, which he described as the biggest railway project since the Victorian era, are set to start in around one year’s time.The peak in construction on the project would be around 2024-25.

Stadler completes 58-strong train order for Greater Anglia

The 58th and final Stadler train for Greater Anglia arrived at Norwich Crown Point on May 7. Stansted Express 12-car electric multiple unit 745110 completes GA’s order from the Swiss manufacturer, comprising 14 three-car bi-mode units, 24 four-car bi-modes, ten 12-car inter-city EMUs and ten 12-car EMUs for the Stansted route.

News - Rail

Hitachi targets UK market for battery-powered trains. Battery trains built by Hitachi could be on the national network by end of 2023, while retro-fitting existing fleets is also a possibility

Decarbonisation (Issue 898)

Decarbonisation Special Report A national traction climate strategy Designing a ‘green’ project The latest alternative train tech: batteries & hydrogen

ROG to use Class 91s for Midland Main Line electrification ...

Testing of the newly electrified Bedford-Corby route will begin in late March/early April, using a newly acquired electrification test train. Operated by Rail Operations Group, two Class 91s and a rake of eight Mk 3s will be used to test the new infrastructure, ahead of East Midlands Railway introducing planned electric services on the route from December.

LNER to retain Class 91s to supplement Azuma fleet

LNER will retain Class 91s and Mk 4s to enable it to meet December 2021 timetable requirements. This represents a marked change from the initial plan, which was for all the ‘91s’ and Mk 4s to be withdrawn by the end of June.

Class 769 - Rail

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In search of new freight markets - Rail Magazine

The rail freight market is certainly a challenging sector at the moment. With the coal market declining and the UK steel industry in jeopardy, freight operators need to cast the net wider to find work.

End of the line for locomotive-hauled Fife Circle trains

Class 68-hauled passenger trains are due to be withdrawn by ScotRail at the end of May. Two ‘68s’ and two rakes of air-conditioned Mk 2s have been supplied by Direct Rail Services since Abellio began operating the ScotRail franchise in April 2015.

Timetable for Thurso Sleeper service - Rail

Apart from the amount of subsidy needed to run this idea which should be the last we hear of it where is it going to be serviced, Inverness? If so barely time to get back to Thurso (where I think there is still run round track) for the return journey.

Railhead Treatment Train smashes through level crossing

An investigation is under way after a Railhead Treatment Train (RHTT) smashed through level crossing gates at Lingwood, on the Norwich-Great Yarmouth branch, on October 31.

Minister backs TfL inner-suburban takeover plan

Great Northern inner-suburban trains could be operated by Transport for London by September 2022, Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris has confirmed. In a letter dated June 19 to Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor, Transport and Deputy Chairwoman, Transport for London, the Rail Minister wrote: “As you ...

The sun sets on Barnetby’s signals - Rail Magazine

The famous gantries that controlled trains for more than a century at Barnetby were demolished over the Christmas period, as Network Rail carried out a £100 million upgrade in the greater Lincolnshire area.

Reopenings - Rail

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Avanti confirms class numbers for Hitachi train order

Class 805s and ‘807s’ will be the designation for the Intercity Express Trains ordered by Avanti West Coast from Hitachi Rail Europe. Funded by Rock Rail and ASI in a £350 million deal, the trains are due to enter traffic from 2022. Thirteen five-car bi-mode Class 805s will be delivered (805001 ...

PICTURES: Fully-accessible Class 153 in traffic with ...

The first Class 153 to meet Persons with Reduced Mobility - Technical Specification for Interoperability (PRM-TSI) regulations has entered service with Transport for Wales.

Europhoenix earmarks ‘91s’ for European freight use

Up to 20 Class 91s could be exported to Eastern Europe for freight duties. Europhoenix has purchased two of the electric locomotives for initial trials abroad, and more could follow as their career on the East Coast Main Line draws to a close.

Locomotive-hauled trains to cover Welsh stock shortfall

A shortage of rolling stock has forced Transport for Wales to use locomotive-hauled trains on the Valley Lines from May. Class 37s and Mk 2s will be used on two peak-time duties on the Rhymney route, with each train having 220 seats - the equivalent of a pair of Class 150s currently used on the route.

YOU can choose the name for new East Midlands Railway ...

East Midlands Railway has launched a competition to create a brand name for its Class 810 bi-mode trains. Hitachi is building 33 five-car trains for the operator. They will enter traffic from April 2022. EMR says entries must reflect train heritage, history or character of the East Midlands, or ...

First of three Swedish ‘66s’ arrives for GB Railfreight

The first of three Class 66s from Sweden has arrived in the UK for use by GB Railfreight. On June 3, 66790 was moved from Immingham Docks to Longport, where Electro-Motive Diesel will convert it to UK standards before the ‘66’ enters traffic.

Waverley Line…next stop Carlisle? - Rail Magazine

There’s something deeply satisfying about living in a time where we are talking about railway re-openings, rather than line closures. Such is the transformation in the fortunes of Britain’s Railways since the turn of the century, we are now looking at a lot more than simply station re-openings, but at a very substantial piece of new railway.

Rail Review

Launched in 2003, the RAIL100 Breakfast Club is a business networking club for the industry’s senior managers. It helps members keep abreast of current topics within the industry and gives them the ability to discuss these with their peers.

What if these lost lines hadn’t closed at all?

I'm opposed to hs2 because of its escalating cost,length of time and the fact when its finished it will be like concorde the majority wont be able to afford to use it.except for Mr barrister who wants to fall out of bed in Birmingham at 7am x stroll thro the front doors of the old bailey at 9..this isn't nimbyism spend the money repairing beatings fuel up .

East Midlands Railway plans spring 2020 start for Class 170s

The first Class 170s to be used by East Midlands Railway should enter service in late spring 2020, the operator has told RAIL.. Five three-car diesel multiple units (170416-170420) are moving south from ScotRail.

UK's stored locomotives - Rail

On January 16 2013 there were 343 stored locomotives. Twelve months ago there were 389 stored, suggesting there are now 46 fewer stored locomotives.

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HSTs bought for charter use - Rail Magazine

Future secured for ex-GWR High Speed Trains. Its better to transfer the Class 43's to other operators that would need them such as Crosscountry that could inherit few more of them to operate on Edinburgh-Plymouth, Newcastle-Plymouth and Manchester-Penzance services.