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Hitachi converts GWR ‘801s’ to bi-mode operation

Hitachi is to convert 21 Class 801 electric multiple units ordered for Great Western Railway to full bi-mode operation, rather than build the straight electric multiple units (with auxiliary diesel power) that was originally intended.

CAF special issue (Issue 900) - Rail

The inside story of CAF in the UK - How the Spanish manufacturer is transforming UK rail Land of opportunity - Richard Garner explains how CAF is poised to supply trains for all sectors Inside Newport - The UK’s newest train factory is officially open and building new vehicles Hybrid ...

Latest Issue - Rail

Latest Issue . RAIL reports on the huge reduction in passenger numbers, operators suspending services, and engineering projects being placed on hold as Government-introduced lockdown takes hold of the rail industry during the COVID-19 outbreak. ALSO IN THIS ISSUE. EXCLUSIVE: Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris deliver a heartfelt thank you to the rail industry . Ticket sales down 98% ...

Debate on Welsh Valley lines future - Rail Magazine

Future of Welsh Valleys being discussed. The risks involved in transferring ownership of the Welsh Valley lines to the Welsh Government (WAG) are being considered by Network Rail, according to Rail Minister Paul Maynard.

West Coast Partnership franchise bidders named

West Coast Partnership franchise bidders named. 22/06/2017 in Network. Was this article useful? 4 people found this useful Bidders for the West Coast Partnership (WCP), which will include operating High Speed 2, have been announced by the Government today (June 22). The WCP franchise begins in April 2019, and will design and run the initial HS2 high speed services between London and Birmingham ...

Battery-powered Electrostar enters traffic

Battery-powered Electrostar enters traffic. 13/01/2015 in Network. Was this article useful? 9 people found this useful A battery-powered Class 379 Electrostar carried passengers on the Manningtree-Harwich Town branch for the first time on January 12. Its first train was the 1103 Manningtree-Harwich Town. The modified unit is 379013. NR Principal Engineer James Ambrose said: “After months of ...

News - Rail Magazine

News . Network. RIA: advance wiring schemes to ensure skills retention. Electrification schemes need to be brought forward so that the industry doesn't lose the required skills says RIA. Network. Bombardier and CAF suspend train production, while Hitachi reduces workload. Derby and Newport stop assembly, Hitachi reduces Newton Aycliffe output but maintenance carries on at various depots ...

Remembering Class 50 Bulwark - Rail Magazine

Remembering Class 50 Bulwark. 23/01/2017 in RAIL Features. Was this article useful? 2 people found this useful Thirty years ago today (on January 23 1985), British Rail Engineering Limited released 50041 Bulwark back into traffic following a substantial rebuild. The Class 50 had been badly damaged in a derailment at London Paddington in November 1983, while hauling the 2135 Penzance-London ...

Mobile operating manager - Chris Gray - Rail Magazine

Mobile operating manager - Chris Gray. 17/07/2009 in Day in the Life. Was this article useful? 7 people found this useful Chris Gray Job Title: Mobile operating manager, Network Rail Location: Cardiff “My role is to respond to graffiti, trespassing and anti-social behaviour on the railways, but we also have a standard maintenance schedule to get through (such as signal boxes and gates ...

FROM THE FILES: End of an era for East Anglian semaphores

Most of East Anglia’s railway lines have already been upgraded with new signalling systems. And I think it’s great idea to replace most of the older signalling on the Wherry Lines (Norwich-Great Yarmouth & Norwich-Lowestoft) and the Bittern Line (Norwich-Cromer-Sheringham) to provide better services aswell on the Broadland Line between Norwich-Ely & the Hereware Line between Ely-Peterborough.

Deltics up for sale - Rail Magazine

A rare opportunity to purchase two former East Coast Main Line Class 55 Deltic locomotives is in prospect. Martin Walker, the owner of D9016 Gordon Highlander and pioneer 55022 Royal Scots Grey, has decided to offer his locomotives and a large quantity of spare parts for sale.. Both locomotives are currently out of service, with D9016 stored at DCRail’s Washwood Heath base midway through an ...

MPs back Waverley Route reopening

MPs back Borders reopening. The irony of modern 'British' politics is that reopening a cross-border route raises massive interface issues which make it all to easy to 'long grass' a project.

ScotRail targets further electrification schemes

The five years from 2019 could feature more wiring in Scotland, with ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes telling RAIL: “I’d love to see more electrification - Stirling to Perth, East Kilbride and the Edinburgh South Suburban.”. Hynes acknowledged that the East Coast Main Line would need work to increase its capacity, as more operators plan trains to and from Scotland.

The Famous Five’s latest adventure takes centre stage as ...

The Famous Five’s latest adventure takes centre stage as part of Great Western Railway’s new TV ad campaign

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.

EXCLUSIVE: More Merseytravel trains and line extensions?

Our Head of News, Richard joined RAIL in 2005 from local press, where he had been working since 2002. He covers all aspects of news for the magazine and website, specialising in operations and rolling stock.

No timetable for Piccadilly new platforms, says Rail Minister

There is no timetable for building two new platforms at Manchester Piccadilly that would ease capacity concerns at the station. Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris confirmed the situation in a Commons Written Reply on September 4, following a question from Stephen Twigg (Labour/Co-operative, Liverpool, West Derby).

Operator of Last Resort takes over Northern franchise

Northern has joined LNER in being run by Government. The Operator of Last Resort (OLR) took over the franchise on March 1. The initial aim is to rebuild passenger confidence but putting their priorities first.

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 .

Castlefield Corridor: trade-off plan for fewer trains

Joining RAIL trom an editorship at a renewable energy magazine, Paul plans the features for RAIL and writes both news and features across a number of disciplines. He also plans our regular supplements and contributes to RailReview.

UK's stored locomotives - Rail Magazine

UK's stored locomotives. 06/02/2013 in Current Trains. Was this article useful? 17 people found this useful On January 16 2013 there were 343 stored locomotives. Twelve months ago there were 389 stored, suggesting there are now 46 fewer stored locomotives. However, that is not strictly the case, because last year 29 of those locomotives were scrapped or preserved. Over the year a further 147 ...

Sold Deltics could find work on new railtours

Sold Deltics could find work on new railtours. 19/12/2017 in Fleet. Was this article useful? 13 people found this useful The purchase of two preserved Class 55 Deltic locomotives has changed the thinking at Icons of Steam, in terms of future operations. When Class 37s and ‘47s’ were bought from Direct Rail Services, the company’s initial plan was for diesel units to merely support the ...

Page 2 of 281 for News - Rail Magazine

News - Page 2. Network. Work on Crossrail sites suspended. Crossrail suspends work on construction sites due to COVID-19 outbreak. Fleet. LNER to keep Class 91s until 2023. Class 91s to remain as LNER hunts for new trains. Fleet. Greater Anglia’s new Class 720 Aventras begin main line testing. Greater Anglia's new commuter train makes main line debut . Network. Greater Anglia retains at-seat ...

Why the ‘50s’ triumphed in class struggle - Rail Magazine

Why the ‘50s’ triumphed in class struggle. 19/10/2017 in Network. Was this article useful? 19 people found this useful By the start of the 1960s, BR had appreciated that diesel locomotives more powerful, yet lighter in weight, than those currently being built were needed. A specification for a 2,750bhp Type 4 with a 19 ton axleload was published to serve as an invitation to the British ...

App - Rail Magazine

National Rail Awards 2017: Balfour Beatty, Dyer & Butler and Colas Rail win Safety Initiative Award for Close Call App Network 7 Jun Virgin BEAMs films to passengers

ScotRail to follow action points to improve performance

ScotRail is to implement all 20 recommendations from an independent review of its operations, with the aim of lifting performance towards Transport Scotland’s 92.5% punctuality target.

East Midlands Railway plans spring 2020 start for Class 170s

Turbostars to return to former haunts. 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.

Freightliner’s 50 years - Rail Magazine

While Dr Beeching is rarely remembered as a promoter of rail freight, one of the recommendations in his infamous 1963 report The Reshaping of British Railways was the setting up of a national network of liner trains, designed to replace the then archaic wagonload system.. The Doctor envisaged a network of up to 55 depots spread across the country, stretching from Plymouth and Brighton to ...

Virgin proposes London-Liverpool open access service

Virgin Trains has applied to run an hourly open access service between London Euston and Liverpool Lime Street, starting in May 2021. Working with Stagecoach, SNCF and Alstom, Virgin claims the services would be “unique” in that they would be guaranteed to be 10% cheaper than equivalent tickets offered by other operators.