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News . Network. Alstom wins £642 million contract with Avanti for Pendolino refurbishment and maintenance. Alstom to refurbish Avanti's Pendolino fleet. RAIL Features. FROM THE ARCHIVES: Eurostar celebrates 25 years of cross-Channel operations. RICHARD CLINNICK looks back at the first 25 years of Eurostar, and asks Managing Director MIKE COOPER about the future of the company . Network. New ...

Direct Norwich to Stansted trains to start this December

Direct trains between Norwich and Stansted Airport will start running from December 15. Greater Anglia will extend its Norwich-Cambridge service to the airport, although not every train will run beyond the city due to pathing constraints.

The pros and cons of Driver Only Operation - Rail

There is perhaps an over-simplistic argument doing the rounds in the industry at present that Driver Only Operation (DOO) is simply about cost-cutting in an age of austerity - and a need for Britain’s passenger railway to provide value for money. There is a second argument in favour of retaining

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.

Latest Issue - Rail

Latest Issue . Could DfT be about to take control of Northern… and could TransPennine Express follow? ALSO IN THIS ISSUE. Report from Lord Berkeley claims ‘Parliament was misled’ over HS2. South Western Railway concedes franchise could be returned to Government. TransPennine Express introduces emergency timetable. More than 1,500 trains miss the deadline to comply with accessibility ...

UPDATED: HST power cars due off-lease - Rail

The FULL list of where HST power cars are due to be used, and what '43s' will go off-lease.

EXCLUSIVE: Plans unveiled for £237m King’s Cross remodelling

King’s Cross is to partially close for three months in early 2020 to allow for major track remodelling and asset renewal, RAIL can exclusively reveal. Network Rail has confirmed that up to 50% of the UK’s ninth busiest station will be shut between January and March 2020, to complete the £237 million project.

No decision yet on future use of East Midlands Railway HSTs

A firm decision has yet to be made regarding the use of High Speed Trains from the end of the year on the Midland Main Line. The current HST fleet (nine eight-car sets owned by Porterbrook and three six-car sets owned by Angel Trains) does not meet accessibility standards, and must be modified by the end of the year or withdrawn.

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23-day blockade for Wherry Lines resignalling

A 23-day blockade will be required next February to complete the Wherry Line resignalling scheme, which will be delivered nearly a year late. Network Rail is replacing the semaphore signalling on the Norwich-Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft routes. However, this should have been completed by March this year

Welcome to RAIL Business Events

Welcome to RAIL Business Events . Since 1981 RAIL has been designed to be the first choice for anyone interested in today’s railway, whatever their reason. RAIL’s second-to-none news coverage is given context by its top-quality opinion, comment and analysis pieces from Britain’s leading expert commentators.

A ‘labour of love’ as illustrated history of HMRI launches

A major new history of Her Majesty’s Railway Inspectorate (HMRI) was launched at St Pancras on December 3. Written by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Railways Ian Prosser CBE and former Deputy Chief Inspector David Keay, and edited by RAIL Managing Editor Nigel Harris, the 184-page book covers the story of the world’s second oldest surviving railway organisation.

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.

South Western Railway's £895 million Aventra unveiled ...

The first of Bombardier’s new £895 million Aventra Class 701 fleet for South Western Railway has been unveiled at Derby Litchurch Lane. The electric multiple units had been contracted to start carrying passengers from next month, but the first ‘701’ has not yet been delivered for testing.

EXCLUSIVE: Labour’s railway vision

I like the vision of intercity travel where passengers can admire the countryside like travel on the Ghan. However, I believe there is a more pressing need in the North to improve commuting into the regional centres of Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester, not forgetting Bradford with a Mass Transit Railway similar to the planned underground Metro in Melbourne, i.e., full size with overhead ...

Linking Lincoln - Rail

For an historic university city, Lincoln is surprisingly difficult to get to. Sidelined by rail operators and Network Rail alike, its lack of connectivity stimulates continuing debate in RAIL’s Open Access pages. The city’s pre-privatisation direct services to Birmingham, Coventry, Crewe and

VIDEO: Dawlish Sea Wall cab ride - Rail Magazine

On September 26 2014, RICHARD CLINNICK travelled in the cab of First Great Western 150243 as it worked an Exeter St David's-Penzance. This is the view of the iconic Brunel sea wall between Dawlish Warren and Teignmouth, filmed from the cab.

Great Western Railway to keep using Pacers into 2020

Pacers are to be retained by Great Western Railway into the New Year, meaning that all three operators of the trains will use them beyond the original withdrawal deadline date of December 31 2019.

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 ...

Built in the 1960s… rebuilt for the 21st century

Built in the 1960s… rebuilt for the 21st century. 19/02/2014 in Current Trains. Was this article useful? 12 people found this useful GB Railfreight Fleet Engineer (Traction) Bob Tiller calls the Class 73 “a successful British Rail project”. His boss, Managing Director John Smith, calls them “very useful little engines”. There is a lot of appreciation for the locomotives. Their ...

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 .

Autumn start for TPE’s new locomotive-hauled Mk 5A stock

The first Class 68/Mk 5A trains for TransPennine Express will enter traffic this autumn, the operator confirmed on April 12. TPE unveiled the first set of five coaches at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic.

New trains - coming to a line near you… - Rail Magazine

New trains - coming to a line near you… 26/09/2017 in Network. Was this article useful? 8 people found this useful Over the Christmas period, the national media was keen to highlight research showing that the UK’s train fleet in 2015-16 was the oldest in many years, with an average age of 21.0 years. It was less inclined to point out that this will soon drop to 16.0 years. Prior to June 8 ...

October 2019 - Northern Pacers’ final termination date

The first Pacers will be sent off-lease from Northern on September 15 2018, with the final trains released on October 12 2019. In the franchise competition eventually won by Arriva, the Government had announced that the Class 14x fleet in use by Northern would have to be withdrawn, with the disabled access deadline of January 1 2020 acting as the catalyst.

Does Great Western Railway's Class 800 IET pass the test?

This feature appeared in RAIL 841, published on December 6-December 19 2017. It is available digitally on Android and iPad. Great Western Railway’s Intercity Express Programme Class 800s entered traffic on October 16, in a launch marred by technical failures - air-conditioning poured water on unsuspecting passengers on the first run from Bristol Temple Meads, and there was a failure in the ...

A lost line... and a lost opportunity - Rail Magazine

This feature was first published in RAIL 840 (November 22-December 5 2017). It is available digitally on Android and iPad. In 2011, a new road opened from Spalding in Lincolnshire to the outskirts of Peterborough, providing a much-needed diversion from the inadequate road via Crowland and Cowbit

Sidings returning to use in Norwich - Rail Magazine

Network Rail is returning Victoria Sidings, Trowse, near Norwich on the right to operational condition. They are to be used for storing vehicles leased by Greater Anglia when new trains are delivered. GA must retain stock until the end of its lease period as a contingency. Last used in the early

LNER reveals HSTs could stay - Rail

High Speed Trains could remain in traffic with London North Eastern Railway beyond December 31 2019. In an interview with RAIL on July 31, at the launch of the first new Scottish diesel-electric hybrid Azuma, LNER Engineering Director John Doughty said HST withdrawals were to start in mid-November.. However, this was dependent upon Network Rail successfully testing and commissioning a sub ...

Class 745s to enter traffic soon with Greater Anglia - but ...

Stadler Class 745s could enter traffic on the Norwich-London Liverpool Street route next month, says Greater Anglia. GA Managing Director Jamie Burles explained that subject to final certification and approvals, the plan is for ten sets to be in traffic by the end of the year, which would enable the Class 90s and Mk 3s to be withdrawn.