New train services between London and Greater Manchester planned
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Alex Bestwick
1w ago
New train services could be launched between London and Greater Manchester to encourage more people to switch to rail travel. David Parry/PA Wire Transport company FirstGroup announced its plan to run six return trains a day between London Euston and Rochdale via Manchester Victoria. The services would operate under the Lumo brand, which is run on an open access basis, meaning it receives no taxpayer-funded subsidies and takes on all revenue risk. The company has submitted an application to the Office of Rail and Road seeking permission to launch the London-Rochdale route. The services could b ..read more
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DfT proposes lowering minimum age to drive trains
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Alex Bestwick
1w ago
The Department for Transport (DfT) is proposing that the minimum age for driving a train on Britain’s railways is reduced to 18 in order to ease staffing shortage. The age limit, currently 20 years old, could be lowered as early as this summer. DfT said that the average age of a train driver currently is 48. The workforce is “projected to shrink” as many older employees retire in the next five years. The department said that lowering the minimum age would “build resilience” and enable school leavers to take up apprenticeships and train to join the profession. Rail minister Huw Merriman said ..read more
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Railway lines reopen following gas leak
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Alex Bestwick
1w ago
Railway lines in and out of Inverness Station have reopened following a closure due to a gas leak from a freight train. Gas distribution firm SGN said on social media its staff had stopped the leak at about 2.30pm. Buildings in Inverness were evacuated and railway lines closed earlier today after a gas leak from a freight train. Police Scotland said they were alerted to a “a gas leak from a train in Inverness” at about 10.25am. They said: “Emergency services are in attendance and the public are asked to avoid the Millburn Road and Academy Street areas. “The Eastgate Shopping Centre and Morriso ..read more
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June 2024
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Derek Wright
2w ago
  Grab the brand-new June issue of Railways Illustrated magazine for the best coverage of today’s railway scene. Railways Illustrated reflects the energy and vitality of the present-day railway scene. Here’s what’s in the June issue: Next-generation preservation The InterCity 225 Class 91s and Mk.4 coaches were the last locomotive hauled fleet to be built by British Rail in the late 1980s, but the surviving examples are now in the twilight period of operation. Andy Coward met up with Ben Denton-Cardew and Chris Curtis from the 225 Group to hear about their efforts to celebrate the legacy ..read more
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Tribute to WW2 railway hero
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Alex Bestwick
3w ago
A memorial and dedication service honoured the life of LNER Railway Police Constable Robert Smith, who lost his life during an air raid in 1942. LNER, the British Transport Police (BTP) History Group, ‘Raids Over York’ heritage project, and Normandy veteran Ken Cooke joined together to commemorate the life of Robert Smith, who served at York Railway Station during World War Two. A memorial and dedication service took place at York Cemetery on April 29, where a wreath was laid at the site of a new headstone. LNER organised for the new headstone to be placed on the site of Smith’s previously un ..read more
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Locomotion moves 46 historic vehicles into £8m New Hall
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Alex Bestwick
3w ago
Locomotion has completed the movement of 46 vehicles into its new £8 million New Hall building at its site in Shildon. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Media Assignments This brings the County Durham museum’s total number of vehicles to 99,which the museum said is more than any other indoor display in Europe. The vehicles moved into the New Hall include steam locomotives, hand-powered track inspection machines, freight wagons, snow ploughs and an armoured vehicle on tracks. It took four weeks to fill New Hall in a complex operation. Sarah Price, head of the museum, said the new building is “magnifice ..read more
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Labour pledges to renationalise railways if elected
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Alex Bestwick
1M ago
The Labour Party will renationalise the railways if elected, says the shadow transport secretary. James Manning/PA Wire In an announcement at the Trainline headquarters in London, the shadow secretary Louise Haigh said that “today’s broken model simply doesn’t work”. Ms Haigh said a Labour government would expect to transfer the 10 remaining privately run rail networks to public ownership “well within the first term” by folding existing private passenger rail contracts into a new body as they expire. The shadow transport secretary said the UK deserves “to be proud” of its rail legacy, but that ..read more
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Leighton Buzzard Railway announces a diesel gala with a hint of steam!
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Alex Bestwick
1M ago
Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway’s upcoming Diesel Gala next month will also feature a hint of steam. The Bedfordshire-based railway will showcase its impressive collections of two-foot gauge heritage diesel locomotives on Monday, 27th May. The event will feature nine diesel locomotives pulling a mix of passenger and freight services across the line’s demanding gradients. Spectators will have the choice of nine passenger and six freight departures throughout the day, including rare double- and triple-headed trains. For the first time in over a decade, several locomotives will return to t ..read more
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7 gift ideas for your train-mad dad this Fathers’ Day
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Web Editor
1M ago
Here are a few different places you can find the perfect Fathers’ Day gift for your train-loving dad, from model railway products to fascinating reads. TONY’S TRAINS Surprise dad with a Father’s Day Gift from Tony’s Trains of Rugby. A wide selection of OO, N & O gauge from all of the major manufacturers with a variety of new and used products to suit all eras and budgets. If in doubt why not go for a good old gift voucher and let him choose his own model! www.tonystrainsofrugby.com 01788 543442 CHESTER MODEL CENTRE Chester Model Centre is a true Tardis! Treat Dad to a day out exploring our ..read more
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Peer calls for toilets on new Elizabeth line trains after passengers held up ‘for 10 hours’
Railways Illustrated Magazine
by Alex Bestwick
1M ago
A Labour peer has called for toilets on Elizabeth line trains after an incident in December when passengers were held for hours without access to one. Lord Berkeley called for facilities to be installed on any new trains built at the Alstom factory in Derby. The rail manufacturer is in talks with the Government over potential new orders, with reports that new Elizabeth line trains could be requested. Lord Berkeley told the House of Lords: “In relation to the Alstom potential order from the Government for extra trains on the Elizabeth line, this is allegedly to cope with more passengers who wil ..read more
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