• HSTs at Marylebone in Chiltern diversion

    by  • December 30, 2015

    TweetEngineering works between Slough and London Paddington led to the rare sight of HSTs at London Marylebone and on the Chiltern Line on service trains. The GWR HSTs were filmed at the former Great Central terminus on December 27th and 28th 2015.

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    Photo feature: The final years of Heritage DMUs

    by  • March 31, 2015

    TweetBroken door handles, rattles, big bouncy seats. Creaking as they moved slowly over points, thick black smoke often accompanied by a bit of soot. Acceleration that was anything but earth-shattering, slowly moving through the gears. Mixed sets, both in terms of liveries and class types. These are just some of the memories that come...

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    Competition: Win a copy of Heritage DMUs: The Final Years

    by  • March 31, 2015

    Class 117 (51354/51396)

    TweetRailwaysToday has teamed up with Amberley Publishing to offer readers the opportunity to win one of two copies of Heritage DMUs: The Final Years by Roger Marks. Click here for a preview of some of the images from the book. For an opportunity to win all you need to do is sign up to...

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    Opinion: Ditch rail link and connect Croxley to Overground network

    by  • March 18, 2015

    Entrance to the former Croxley Green station

    TweetThe London Overground network is a major success story, knitting together previously disparate lines around London and branding them all under the same banner. While there has been significant investment in infrastructure, its real success has been in unifying lines with its distinctive orange branding which speaks of frequent services and reliable trains, in...

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    Bodysnatchers on the Valentines Belle

    by  • February 19, 2015

    57305 Northern Princess

    TweetWith a loco named Princess and a train named Belle, on Valentines weekend, it sounds like something out of a Disney movie. But the scene was the west Midlands, the loco was 57305 Northern Princess and the train the Northern Belle on a special between Coventry and Swindon. Running as 1Z38 with 57312 Solway...

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    Wintry mainline return for Royal Duff

    by  • January 21, 2015

    47798 Prince William

    TweetRoyal Duff 47798 returned to the mainline in January following an overhaul, with the wintry weather making for an attractive backrop. Those braving the low temperatures on January 14th were rewarded with the sight of an immaculate looking Prince William, fresh from receiving bodywork attention and a repaint at Burton. The ’47 ran from...

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    New direction: ’37 in revised Compass livery

    by  • May 20, 2014

    37423 Cowley Bridge

    TweetClass 37423 has been repainted in Direct Rail Services’ new Compass livery, similar to that applied to the Class 68s. The 37, named Spirit of the Lakes, was repainted in plain blue last month but has only recently had its vinyls applied. On May 15th it was seen working the 6Z40 Crewe Coal Sidings...

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    Hercules: The legend returns

    by  • April 2, 2014

    50007 Hercules

    TweetThe scene wasn’t ancient Greece and the videos didn’t have the budget of the Hollywood blockbuster released earlier this year bearing the name, but Hercules was still star of the show. Or at least it will be the star of the show. 50007 Hercules was among a convoy of locomotives heading for the Mid...

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    Bombardier’s Aventra chosen for Crossrail

    by  • February 6, 2014

    Bombardier Aventra

    TweetAventra, Bombardier’s next generation Electric Multiple Unit (EMU), has been chosen as the rolling stock for London’s Crossrail when services start in 2017. The Aventra design is the sucessor to the Electrostar EMU family, which includes classes 357s and 375 to 379 and can be seen operating largely on services in the south-east of...

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    Direct Rail Services unveils Class 68 livery

    by  • December 13, 2013

    Class 68 side profile

    TweetThe new Class 68 livery has been unveiled by Direct Rail Services (DRS) ahead of its arrival in the UK in early 2014. Pictures of 68002 outside the Vossloh factory in the new version of the Compass livery were released by DRS earlier this week. The second-built locomotive of the Class will be the...

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    VIDEO: Class 68 on test in Spain

    by  • November 21, 2013

    TweetThe imminent arrival of the Class 68 divides continues to divide opinion. In one camp there’s the group who can’t wait to see this new locomotive on the UK rail network. In another camp are those fearful that their arrival will spell the end for Direct Rail Services’ fleet of Class 37s and 47s....

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    Wood-dead: Fate of tunnels sealed

    by  • November 9, 2013

    76056 passes the closed Woodhead station (photo: Paul Townsend)

    TweetThe prospect of the Trans-Pennine “Woodhead” route reopening appears remoter than ever after the government gave the green light for tunnels to be sealed. Two single bore Victorian tunnels located at Woodhead on the route from Manchester to Sheffield  will be permanently sealed by owners National Grid. The company is close to completing a...

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