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Use It Or Lose It
THE coronavirus crisis has given the railways a problem they have not faced for decades: there is now far more capacity than actual passenger demand. Six months on from the initial countrywide lockdown, most trains are still carrying only a fraction
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DB Cargo Active Fleet Grows
THE net number of stored locomotives in the DBC fleet was further reduced in August. A total of five Class 66s were stopped and placed in the WFMS fleet management pool during the month, Nos. 66041, 66060, 66155 and 66194 at Toton and No. 66063 at Wa
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A Treat For Class 20 Fans
TYSELEY-based Vintage Trains has issued a small taster of its 2021 programme in that it says it plans to run some excursions with hired-in Class 20 traction. Such ‘Chopper’ operations epitomise Summer Saturday heyday trips from yesteryear. Possible c
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‘OO’ HYA And IIA Bogie Hopper Wagons Announced
DESPITE the problems Covid-19 caused for manufacturers, announcements of new models and reruns remains a steady flow, showing confidence in the future modelling scene in all scales. Accurascale has kept very quiet about a brand-new wagon model, for w
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Freightliner's Colourful ‘90s’ Return To Traffic
FREIGHTLINER’S G&W orange-liveried No. 90014 was returned to service on August 5, and it plus Nos. 90003, 90006, 90007, 90010 and 90011 were all transferred to the active DFLC pool following completion of modifications, despite all still wearing thei
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‘Goyle’ Re-enters Preservation
THE future of No. 31255 at the Mid-Norfolk Railway has been assured following its purchase from Harry Needle Railroad Company by a group of members of the railway. The Class 31 had been stored on the line since May 2018. No. 31255 had previously had
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New Dapol ‘Turbots’
SIX new models of the Dapol ‘OO’ gauge YCV Turbot bogie ballast and spoil wagon arrived in the shops during August. Three EWS examples will satisfy late 1990s modellers with Nos. DB978105, DB978279 and DB978372 fitted with end foot steps and grab rai
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RAIB Investigates Stonehaven Tragedy
THE DERAILMENT following a landslip at Carmont, four miles south of Stonehaven (Aberdeenshire), on August 12 brought the first loss of life in a train accident in Britain since the Class 390 derailment at Grayrigg on February 23, 2007. ScotRail’s 1T0
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News Round-up
ONLY one British-based Class 66 in the Freightliner fleet was still in the DHLT storage pool as August ended, No. 66604, and this was moved from Basford Hall to Leeds Midland Road during the month. The other six stored Class 66s in the UK (Nos. 66418
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Locomotive Services hires CFPS ‘40’
FOLLOWING its return to the main line in July (see last month’s issue), No. 40145 has been hired by Locomotive Services for asix-month period. The agreement between the Class 40 Preservation Society and the expanding train operating company will like
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Murphy Models CIÉ Class 121
CÓRAS IOMPAIR ÉIREANN Class 121 models in ‘OO’ gauge are on their way from Murphy Models, with three separate batches expected to arrive by the time this issue goes to press. Murphy Models shared atantalising look at the models which cover the locomo
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Major Engineering On Island Line
SOUTH Western Railway has announced no services will run on the Isle of Wight from January 4 to March 31, 2021. This is to allow engineering works to take place in advance of the introduction of Class 484 trains in the spring. The work will include c
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Loram-liveried Coaches On Tour
DRS hired-in Class 37s Nos. 37059 and 37069 both finally saw action on Loram’s advertising runs in August featuring the Loram’s temporarilyvinyled Mk.2 air-con coaches (also borrowed from DRS – see also Coaches, page 30). August 19/20 saw two separat
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Diesel Running Days On The Increase
ALTHOUGH it is highly unlikely there will be any more galas this year, the number of railways offering running days using their diesel fleet has increased over the last few weeks. Many of these require booking in advance, and it is pleasing to record
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Heljan ‘O’ Class 17 ‘Clayton’ Livery Samples Revealed
CLAYTON EQUIPMENT COMPANY Type 1 locomotives are grabbing their share of attention this summer with the sudden release of the EFE Rail ‘N’ gauge model in August and the revealing of factory livery samples of the forthcoming ‘O’ gauge model from Helja
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Emergency Rail Funding Deal Extended
THE Government is extending the current Emergency Measures Agreements with the franchised operators. It had been due to expire in mid-September, and action will be taken to increase passenger numbers and thus revenue from ticket sales. The arrangemen
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‘Pacer’ Latest Developments
THE use of Class 142s in the Manchester area has been reduced, and so on August 4 No. 142071 ran from Newton Heath to Blackburn King Street for warm storage, with No. 142068 following two days later. With Nos. 142058/090 already at Blackburn, this le
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In Brief
MARKING 50 years since the export of the first ‘EM2’ to Holland for use by Nederlandse Spoorwegen, No. E27003 Diana (NS No. 1501) has been placed on display at Utrecht Railway Museum. REPAIR work on the heads, pistons and liners of the power unit
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‘Oo’ Al6 Livery Samples
THE first of the BR condition Heljan AL6, Class 86 locomotives arrived for livery assessment and include the Class 86/0 in early BR blue with ‘E’ prefixed numbers together with early TOPS numbered BR blue locomotives. Some details are being fine-tu
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Heathrow To Staines Plan Wants Go-ahead
THE Government has created a Transport Acceleration Unit with the aim of shortening the period required to authorise projects that create jobs and economic value. One such scheme is proposed by Heathrow Southern Railway Ltd (HSRL), which is a private
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EMRHST Fleet In Focus
THE announcement by the Department for Transport that it had given authority for East Midlands Railway’s ‘old’ HST fleet to continue in service beyond the original expiry date of its dispensation (July 28) came as no surprise. It had little option gi
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Class 37 Group Starts Work On Rebuilding Type 3 Power Unit
THE Class 37 Locomotive Group has taken delivery of a replacement block section at UKRL in Leicester. The block had been stored at the Severn Valley Railway since its purchase in the summer of last year and will be used to rebuild a complete power un
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Popular Dapol Models Rerun
POPULAR Dapol models are lined up for much needed reruns including the telescopic hood wagon in VTG grey livery in ‘OO’ gauge. Four models in pristine condition with unique running numbers will be released in the first couple of months of next year p
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In Brief
SOUTH Western Railway has unveiled ‘Arterio’ as the name for its new £1 billion Class 701 train fleet. The name was unveiled by SWR’s managing director Mark Hopwood during a special event at Wimbledon depot in August. The name comes from Waterloo bei
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More Surplus HST Stock Goes For Scrap
THREE different scrapyards took delivery of surplus HST coaches for scrapping during August. The first to be disposed of were 12 Porterbrook vehicles, which arrived at Sims, Newport from Gloucester New Yard behind No. 66782 on August 7. The former GW
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Work To Return ‘Westerns’ Into Service Resumes
AFTER the Severn Valley Railway’s diesel depot at Kidderminster reopened to volunteers in July, work has restarted on the Western Locomotive Association’s Nos. D1013 Western Ranger and D1062 Western Courier. Work is focused on making No. D1062 availa
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Rolling Stock Rolls In
As the modelling season gets under way, a backlog of new releases is finally arriving in the shops along with progress reports on models under development. Irish Railway Models (IRM), Cavalex Models, Hornby and Dapol all delivered new models during A
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Dublin Electrification Scheme Takes A Step Forward
EXPANSION of the electrified DART network in the Greater Dublin area has progressed with the awarding of a contract for consultancy services to a joint venture of Atkins, TYPSA and TUC Rail, write William Watson and Alan McFerran. The Kildare Line El
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Shed Talk
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