Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
HEADLINE NEWS - Main line steam under threat as passengers stay at home; New Royal Class 47s emerge; Legal ruling halts Fort William sleeper closure plan; Steam to return to Buxton? Door-falls off 'Le Shuttle'; Trains return to Lydney Jet; York Works to close by end of year; Caledonia gets all-clear for Snaefell passenger trips; RfD wants more Class 47s; National Power orders five more Class 59s; First A1 cylinder cast; Waterman Class 47 on Cardiff Valley trains; Chinnor launches novel fund-raising plan. STEAM NEWS - Flying Scotsman repairs may take three years; East Lanes' first Barry restoration waits in the wings; Good start to Churnet Valley share launch; N7 heads for Clacton on sandcastle specials; SVR to build new loco shed? Big day for Pacifies in West Anglia; Leander overhaul has started; Foxfield finally gets its LRO; West Somerset ready for two 'Manors'. NARROW GAUGE NEWS - 'Stop this hill-billy feud', says Welsh Highland; Romney claims its 57-coach triple-header a record; Andrew Dow to lead Lynton & Barnstaple revival; Super 'All our yesterdays' gala at Ffestiniog;- Welsh Highland surveyed by satellite; 'Ghost trams' on the Manx Electric. PRESERVED TRACTION NEWS - Class 50s to be stripped and rebuilt time and time again; Bo'ness gets a Class 47; 'Deltic' D9019 to move to East Lanes; Double 'Rats' at Battlefield Line; Class 50 'Lion' makes successful run on Moorsline; Class 03 repatriated. TRACTION & ROLLING STOCK NEWS - Tyne & Wear Metro stock to get new livery; Quality award for Eastleigh; Some Class 60s get extended fuel tanks; More lorry shuttle vehicles ordered? Crewe: a tradition of railway quality; Collision at Cobh; Class 153 named Delia Smith; Class 73 push-pull on Marshlink; NETWORK NEWS - Jewellery Line nears completion; Route changes update; BRML and Level 5 sale agreed; South West Trains in logo dispute; Another big Ford contract for RfD; Centre reliability improves; More rail traffic in 'Dash for gas?' OPERATIONS NEWS - More trains attacked; Train brakes fail on Conwy Valley branch; Penzance-Birmingham 'Sprinter' overloaded; New station open on LTS line; Wessex electric damaged by vandals; Loadhaul repaints its wagons; Failure on Blackpool Tramway; Res powers 'Royal Scotsman' train; MoD buys wagons for internal use. HOME TRUTHS - Although preserved railways form part of a multi-billion pound leisure industry, when it comes to marketing or interfacing with the public, some have got an awful lot to learn if they are to survive or expand. Melvyn Hopwood, a marketing professional in the transport industry, looks at the problems. PRACTICE & PERFORMANCE - In the first of a new series of 'Practice & Performance Classics', Peter Semmens takes a nostalgic look at 'The Cheltenham Flyer', once the fastest train in the world. PANORAMA - Of all our monthly features, Panorama, sponsored by Fuji, has captured the imagination and produces hundreds of submissions every month. Turn to page 44 for a further selection. DISASTER - The tragic aftermath of railway accidents can often provide valuable lessons for the future. Despite the morbidity of the subject and the unfortunate loss of human life, the accounts of such accidents can be both educational and informative. Our expert team of Peter Semmens and Colin Marsden profile 18 accidents over the past 70 years outlining their cause in a special 12-page supplement. STEAM: CAN GERMAN NARROW GAUGE SURVIVE? - Reunification of Germany along with 'westernisation' of the east has put the future of its narrow gauge lines under threat. Chris Milner looks at six lines in the Saxony region MODERN TRACTION: DONCASTER - With ownership of Doncaster 'Plant' transferring to ABB Customer Support, Colin J. Marsden and Darren Ford take a back at the current workload and future prospects. BOLDNESS AND ENTERPRISE - John Cormack concludes the review of the summer timetable changes. REGULARS: PRIVATISATION PROGRESS READERS' FORUM TRACTION GUIDE UPDATE COMING EVENTS SEEN & HEARD COMPETITION FRONT COVER - Main picture: The first Class 60 to be painted in anything other than grey, No. 60059, stands resplendent in Loadhaul black and orange at the Loughborough works of Brush Traction in May. Its former name 'Samuel Plimsoll' has been removed. (See story on pages 14 and 15). Lower left: Parallel running on the Met: Standard 4MT 4-6-0 No. 75014 and 4MT 2-6-4 T No. 80079 pace each other on LT metals on May 21 (see p6). Lower right: Steam at Chinnor again, in the form of 14XX 0-4-2T No. 1466 (see p9).