FEBRUARY 2019

FEATURES

A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE
Using virtual reality to train rail engineers.

MANCHESTER VICTORIA 175
The station celebrates a major milestone.

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WESTERN DIESELS
60 years of change on the Western Region.

0-60: CLASS 444
Third rail but second rate?

THEN & NOW: MILTON KEYNES
Spot the difference over 10 years.

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TIME TRAVELLER
News headlines from decades past.

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REVIEWS & EXPRESS MAILBAG
More on First Generation DMUs; plus a
selection of new books.

NEWS

HEADLINE NEWS
Could there be a return to the ‘Big Four’?; Class 50s commemorate Waverley Route closure; DB’s share of freight continues to fall; Freightliner to take over Mendip Rail stone trains; Colas sells locos to Beacon Rail; Cumbrian ‘Tractors’ bow out; Damaged tram-trains laid up; South East drives rail growth; Bi-modes for ROG postal trains; Barking Riverside contract awarded.

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LU WORLD
Finances affect Piccadilly Line upgrade.

RAILTOURS
‘Deltic’ to visit Harrogate and Cleethorpes.

PRESERVATION
No. 47712 will return to the main line; ‘Whistler’ suffers boiler problems; IDRS acquires EM2 bogies; East Lancs Railway Sulzer event kicks off 2019 gala season.

POWER BY THE HOUR
Preparations for TPE ‘68s’ continue.

POWERSCENE
Notable workings, Name Game and Spectrum.

UNITS
Northern receives more units from ScotRail.

SHUNTERS
NS ‘08s’ still proving useful.

COACHES
GWR hands back more HSTs.

WAGONS
New livery for Freightliner MWAs.

IRISH ANGLE
‘Santa Specials’ provide traction variety.

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Nigel Devereux

Let off some steam...