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Contents Listing - Articles & Features in this issue
NEWS:
HEADLINE NEWS
METRO NEWS
STEAM NEWS
NARROW GAUGE
TRACTION & STOCK
CLASSIC TRACTION
NETWORK NEWS
OPERATIONS NEWS

STEAM:
BULLEID PACIFICS IN PRESERVATION - In the first of a two-part survey. David Thrower features the 20 'West Country' and 'Battle of Britain' Pacifies saved for preservation. Next month: the 'Merchant Navy' class.
PACIFICS IN PARADISE - Hugh Ballantyne reports from Myanmar - thought to be the least-known pocket of regular steam operation in the world - where British-built Pacific are still in regular operation.
UNEARTHING THE SECRETS OF A LEGEND - Robert Stephenson's Rocket is the subject of an extensive archeological exploration by two experts on early locomotive design, as Chris Milner finds.
A DELIGHTFUL ENGLISH ECCENTRICITY - It is 100 years ago since the Light Railway Order for the AxminsterLyme Regis branch was approved. 'Keith Hill recalls this fondly-remembered line on the Devon/Dorset border.

SPECIAL:
RETAIL NEWSAGENT OF THE YEAR - A special competition for the most valuable people - the newsagents who sell our magazine! Vote for your favourite - you could win a holiday.
PANORAMA - SPONSORED BY FUJI - Our monthly showcase of the best in railway photography, sponsored by Fuji Sensia II film, features a welcome return to monochrome images too this month.
PRACTICE & PERFORMANCE - Wheelslip can have a detrimental effect on the performance of locomotives and multiple units. Chief correspondent Peter Semmens gets to grips with this slippery problem.
CLASS 47 LIVERY HISTORY - PART SEVEN - There have now been more than 200 different livery permutations applied to the ubiquitous Class 47s. Part seven of our guide includes more subtle variations.

MODERN:
BUSTITUTION - The editorial in our May issue stirred up a hornet's nest of angry opposition to any suggestions that our nation's rural branch lines be tampered with in any way. Here we present a small selection of the largest mailbag received on a single subject for many years.
WHO'D BE A FRANCHISE HOLDER? - During its short existence, TOC First North Western has been beset with a variety of problems which have earned it much criticism. Tony Miles was granted an exclusive interview with its new managing director David Franks to find out how he plans to put things right.
BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET - Planning expert Peter Phillips urges Railtrack to move fast if it wants to ease the congestion at Birmingham New Street station with a new tunnel in conjunction with Bull Ring redevelopment plans.

REGULARS:
SPECIAL PAGES'
RAILWAY ANSWERS
READERS' FORUM
RAILWAYS IN
PARLIAMENT
REVIEWS
FIGHT FOR FREIGHT
TRACTION UPDATE
100 YEARS AGO
COMING EVENTS
CLASSIFIED ADS 10
PRIZE CROSSWORD
WHERE IS IT?

FRONT COVER: This is a 'Mission Impossible' photograph ... the overhanging cylinders which rendered GWR mixed traffic engines out-of-gauge on most non-GW routes in the pre-1968 days of steam have always been quoted as the reason why a 'Hall' 4-6-0 would never traverse the Settle & Carlisle. Yet this is No. 5972 Olton Hall on that famous line through the Yorkshire Dales. Full story: Headline News.
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