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Two more ‘Pacers’ for Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway
THE Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway’s No. 142006, which was acquired last year, is to be joined by a pair of Class 143s from the Transport for Wales fleet that was retired at the end of May. Nos. 143606/607 are due to arrive from Landore in the coming
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‘N’ gauge PCV ‘Cemflo’
TWO batches of ‘Cemflo’ bulk cement tank wagons were built between 1961 and 1965 for Associated Portland Cement Manufacturing Co (APCM), by Gloucester Carriage & Wagon Co (Diagram 6/433) and Metro-Cammell (6/430) respectively, to overcome problems wi
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Mk.4s For Swansea To Manchester Service
TRANSPORT for Wales has purchased 30 Mk.4 carriages that were refurbished for the abandoned Grand Central London to Blackpool open access service. They will be used to make up four trains of five carriages for use on the Swansea to Manchester route f
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More Loco-powered Trains Return
THERE was a gradual increase in the number of locomotive worked trains on the Dublin to Cork and Belfast routes during April as Government lockdown measures were to be eased. In late April, Irish Rail announced that a new systemwide timetable was to
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THE ‘PACER’ STORY Part 1: The BR Years
THE ‘Pacer’ name is one that has become more widely known to the general public in recent years, although sadly this is largely due to the bad press these railbus fleets have received in the mainstream media owing to their continued use well after th
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40 Years Of Midland HSTs
THE departure of the 1F70/20.02 St Pancras-Leeds on May 15 marked the end of nearly 40 years of HST use on the Midland Main Line. It was a route on which they first appeared largely due to the recession of the early 1980s, which had resulted in falli
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Acknowledgements
BESIDES those credited elsewhere, this issue has been made possible by the contributions of the following readers, to whom the editor is most grateful: Chris Addoo, Alex Ayre, Ben Bucki, Paul Clark, Steve Donald, Peter Foster, Chris Gee, Stephen Ginn
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‘Bag-in-the-box’ Dry Bulk Containers
COLOUR is one thing that modern intermodal trains has brought to the railways in a variety of liveries and shipping company logos, some of which have appeared on Class 66s in recent years as the relationships between shippers and rail freight compani
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Wabtec Releases More GWR And ScotRail HST Coaches
MORE HST coaches with sliding doors emerged from Wabtec, Doncaster during May. The last full rake for GWR, set GW16, arrived back at Plymouth Laira on May 5, power cars Nos. 43153/171 bringing them south from Doncaster. The set comprises Nos. 48146-1
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Rainbow Railways Exclusive ‘OO’ Caustic Soda Tank Wagons
TANK WAGONS are always a welcome addition to any range, making the announcement of acollaboration between Rainbow Railways and Revolution Trains to produce the distinctive 1977-built TUA Caustic Soda Liquor tank wagons particularly good news. The spe
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HS2 Tunnelling Gets Underway
The largest tunnel boring machine ever used on a UK rail project has started work north of Denham in Buckinghamshire. The 2000-tonne, 170 metre-long TBM Florence will dig out about 15 metres a day and take three-and-a-half years to complete the 16km
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Nuclear Pfa Update
LIVERY samples of the forthcoming Accurascale ‘OO’ gauge PFAs loaded with various nuclear material containers have been received by Accurascale for assessment. The 2896-series containers, ‘Nupaks’, ‘Novapaks’ and ‘Dragon’ containers are the latest lo
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‘Electrostars’ Break New Ground
THE use of Class 387s between Paddington and Swindon, owing to the Hitachi-built IET fleet being stopped for checks, began on May 11. On the first day, three 12-car rakes were in use comprising Nos. 387144/159/171, 387154/163/173 and 387155/162/174.
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LETTERS & REVIEWS
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Enlarged Network Rail to become Great British Railways
THE Williams-Shapps plan for rail was published on May 20, three years after the failure to implement revised timetables in May 2018 caused a breakdown of services that resulted in widespread train cancellations and the use of replacement buses for T
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Class 47 Special For Kernow
IN keeping with the Cornish theme of Kernow Model Rail Centre’s limited edition range, a Western Region Class 47 ‘namer’ in ‘O’ gauge is added to the range with delivery expected in either late autumn or early winter this year. The chosen locomotive
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Developments
DB CARGO: The latest WIA five-unit car carrier to arrive at DB’s former Marcroft Engineering site at Stoke is No. 85 70 4971 047-1, which was the sole vehicle inbound on the Arpley ‘tripper’ behind No. 66009 on May 7. It swapped places with overhaule
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HSTs Depart Midland Main Line After Four Decades
AS April ticked into May, and with a little over two weeks left before retirement, just three HST sets were still active on the Midland Main Line formed with power cars Nos. 43102/43274,43251/43257, and 43272/43309. This left Nos. 43238, 43295, 43310
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Heljan’s ‘Clayton’ success
WHILST the real Class 17 ‘Clayton’ Type 1 locomotives were short-lived, their appeal is far reaching, with successful off-the-shelf models being produced in ‘N’ gauge under the EFE Rail label alongside an ‘OO’ gauge model by Heljan which was first re
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Powerscene
AN evening move involving the 125 Group’s HST set (power cars Nos. 43048 and 43089) ran on May 24 as the 5Z20/19.11 Chaddesden-Butterley (Midland Railway Centre). The HST was hauled by a pair of venerable English Electric Type 1s Nos. 20227+20205, be
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IoWSR Takes Delivery Of Ex-Island Line EMU
EMU No. 483007 entered preservation on May 20 after being moved by rail from the Island Line’s Ryde depot to Sandown (using a Unimog road-railer to push the set at slow speed) for onward road transport to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstree
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GBRf Electro-diesels And 'Teddy Bear' For Mid-Hants June Gala
GB Railfreight is to supply a pair of its veteran Class 73/1s for the Mid-Hants Railway event in late June, and Class 14 No. D9551 will be visiting from the Severn Valley Railway. Most other lines are, understandingly, sticking to home fleet events f
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SHUNTERS & INDUSTRIALS
A CARAVAN site may seem a strange location for an industrial locomotive, but that is where you can currently find 0-6-DH No. 01562 Chug, a rebuild of TH No. 257v. Originally working at the Croft quarry of Aggregate Industries, it has been purchased b
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Dartmoor New Track Work Completed
NETWORK Rail has completed the relaying of track and sleepers on the 14 mile stretch of track between Okehampton and Coleford Junction, where the Dartmoor Line joins the Exeter to Barnstaple line. Work on the track began in March after confirmation o
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Bachmann Retools Its CLASS 24
CONSTRUCTION of the Sulzer Type 2 locomotives commenced in 1958 at Derby, initially as part of a pilot scheme of 20 locomotives. It heralded the start of a long construction programme of locomotives culminating in the Class 25/3 locomotives which wer
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Shed Talk
Correct to May 26, 2021 QTRV Network Rail Track Recording Vehicles 10300/06/09/11/13/24/33 BN-NL 11229/79/84/85/86/88/95 BN-NL 11306/08/12/13/15/17/26 BN-NL 11406/08/12/13/15/17/26 BN-NL 12205/08/12/14/20/23/26/28 BN-NL 12303/09/11/13/25/28/30 BN-NL
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Retro Repaints Create More GBRf Celebrities
MAY was heritage month at GBRf, with not one but two members of its ever expanding fleet being outshopped from Arlington’s paint factory at Eastleigh in iconic BR liveries. The highlight was No. 69002, which surprised almost everyone by emerging in l
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More Accurascale Pfa Wagons
SUCH is the popularity of the Accurascale 4-wheel PFA container wagon that it is being reissued with Cawoods, British Fuels and half height low level nuclear waste containers in packs of three wagons with different running numbers. Two new packs ofwa
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Mixed fortunes for LNER Class 91s
RAIL Operations Group’s No. 57305 was given the unhappy task of delivering ‘demic’ Class 91s No. 91102, 91113, 91126 and 91129 to Sims Newport for dismantling, the quintet forming a 0Q76 from Doncaster Belmont on May 10. The four former East Coast Ma
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C-Rail ‘OO’ gauge Bulktainers
AT £8.50 each, the brand-new ‘ready-to-load’ 30ft ‘bulktainers’ (bag-in-box dry bulk containers to ISO code ‘BO’ and ‘B1’ (closed or airtight non-pressurised dry box)) released by C-Rail Intermodal are very good value for money. There are two version
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