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Milepost Magazine

'Milepost' is the quarterly magazine of The Railway Performance Society, issued in January, April, July and October every year.

It is published in A5 format and usually runs to 76 pages or more of news and articles. See below for the contents of our recent issues.

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Browse below to see a summary of articles published in the last few editions of Milepost.


In the April 2024 edition, John Rishton recalls his journeys at the southern end of the WCML in the early 2000s. Martin Robertson reviews fastest times on the WCML, ECML, XC, TPE, GWR and the Highland line in Scotland. Nigel Smedley describes a Class 68 journey on the Chiltern line which captured five Fastest Times, and likewise Baard Covington managed a similar number with a Class 720 between Bishop Stortford and Cambridge. David Stannard anticipates the introduction of Class 805s on the WCML. David Ashley looks at recent rolling stock introduction including Classes 701, 755 and 777 with impressive acceleration. 

Bevan Price covers the early days of diesel running in East Anglia and Andrew James provides details of steam runs on the Peterborough-Rugby route. 

David Pawson continues his article on American Steam designs. Sandy Smeaton covers the Chester Dalesman in summer 2023 and Frank Prices describes the Castle through Cumbria rail-tour. 

There a tribute to David Adams in a supplement, covering his travels on steam, diesel and electric from the 1960s.

In the January 2024 magazine, we look at the running of the Class 68s and Mark 5 rolling stock across the Pennines, and Jeremy Hartill also describes a recent day out concentrating on these services. In the Fastest times article, Martin Robertson covers the GW main line, the Welsh Marches line, the East and West Coast main lines, Trans Pennine services, Scotrail services from Cupar and the Cross-Country route. John Rishton covers current running on the Brighton main line. David Stannard examines recent Hitachi developments and Martin Robertson reports on the recent electrification of services from Glasgow to Barrhead. David Ashley looks at the recent activity on the Welsh Marches line

 Steve Griffin recalls the early days of Class 40 running, and Bevan Price describes journeys on the East Anglia main line in the time following dieselisation. 

David Pawson looks in detail at the power capabilities of US steam power, and Martin Robertson describes recent activity with Flying Scotsman from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. 

 In the Overseas section, Alan Varley looks at the utilisation of Sybics in France in their final years, and Malcolm Simister describes the route from Melbourne to Wonthaggi in steam and railmotor days.

In the October magazine, Martin Robertson covers the WCML, the Marches line, GWR lines, Cross Country, GE, and Scotrail services in his “Fastest Times” series. As well as recalling recent journeys, David Lloyd-Roberts examines a recent diversion from Tunbridge Wells to London Bridge, via Redhill. Frank Collins describes journeys with IETs between Edinburgh and Berwick. David Ashley has produced logs from signal berth data covering very fast running from Kings Cross to Newcastle with a LUMO on an ASLEF strike day, and a Voyager with a Class 221 from Doncaster to Kings Cross. John Rishton recalls his travels from RPS meetings, particularly with a Class 67 on the Welsh Marches line and a Class 196 between Hereford and Birmingham 

Philip Tromans continues his series on WCML electric locomotives, concentrating on the Class 87s. Steve Griffin describes driving styles on the WCML Class 90 Electrics.
Andrew James covers the line from Peterborough to Rugby in the 1950s and 1960s and Alan Varley discovers detailed records covering the trains running through Appleby on the S&C between 1957 and 1962. David Ashley looks at steam arriving in Birmingham from the south and west, with logs supplied by Sean Emmett. Michael Rowe reviews runs on the line from Winchester, via Alton, to Woking. Peter Commons recalls a recent run on the steam rail-tour from Newbury to the West Somerset Railway 

Conrad Natzio describes runs between Dublin and Belfast with the VS Compound locomotives. 

 A supplement covers the 2023 Mass Timing Day from Bristol to Exeter covering recent haulage by IETs, HSTs and mini HSTs.

In the July magazine, Martin Robertson covers the WCML, ECML, GWML Cross Country, Highland and Chat Moss routes in his Fastest Times article. Steve Griffin speculates on the possible fastest time with a Voyager between Milton Keynes and Euston. Martin Robertson examines the running of the Oxwellmains-Uddingston cement working and David Ashley assesses the effect of the Oxwellmains-Aberdeen freight on the passenger services it encounters. He also examines a Lumo run from Kings Cross to Newcastle in under 2˝ hours. John Rishton looks at current operations on the Nottingham-Grantham route. Jeremy Hartill reviews 100mph running from the May 2023 timetable. David Stannard considers the performance of Northern’s Class 769s and David Ashley looks at their Welsh counterparts and compares them with Sprinters and the new Class 231s on the Rhymney branch. David Ashley reviews results of enhanced GPS signals on Voyagers and Meridians with Garmin’s GPSMAP67. 

 Philip Tromans reviews the operations of the Class 86s on the WCML and John Heaton describes the operation of a Deltic special from Kings Cross to Edinburgh in April. 

 Michael Rowe examines steam working on the Mid Hants, Strathspey and Gloucester and Warwickshire railways before they became heritage railways. He also describes the operations of two 21st century rebuilds running on the West Somerset Railway. Richard Neville Carle recalls a steam trip from Folkestone to London at a time when Eurostar were operating on the domestic routes. In contrast, Sean Emmett examines rail-tours with an M7 locomotive on the Southern Region and the railmotor on the Looe branch and Alan Varley looks at steam working on the Okehampton branch in the 1960s. Noel Proudlock celebrates the 75th anniversary of his train timing activities and Mike Burrow describes a run on the North Wales Coast Express to and from Llandudno.

 Alan Varley also reports on a non-TGV tour around France revisiting neglected places and assessing how the routes compare with the past.

In the April magazine, Martin Robertson covers the WCML, ECML, GW main line, XC and Scotrail in his Fastest Time article. Steve Griffin describes differing driving techniques on the WCML and David Ashley reviews operations there since the December timetable change. Ian Umpleby reviews initial running of the Class 777, and describes operations during the Morley diversions. Martin Robertson questions the performance benefits of electrification when there is little evidence of faster journeys. David Ashley and David Stannard review the recent introduction of 110mph running of Class 67s between Crewe and Wilmslow, and David Ashley describes recent developments on the Elizabeth Line. Baard Covington examines the introduction of automatic running on the District Line, and with David Ashley explains initial results from using Multi GNSS GPS equipment.

Alan Varley remembers the introduction of “Warships” west of Salisbury in the 1960s. Bill Long recalls the operation of the “North Wales Coast Express” in the 1990s, and Charles Foss describes a disastrous Scottish rail-tour in 1966

Overseas, Frank Collins reports on Pendolinos in Portugal and Slovakia and Malcolm Simister describes performance of the V/Lines in Australia.

In the January 2023 magazine, David Ashley looks at operations on the Welsh Marches line in anticipation of Class 67s being introduced from the December 2022 timetable change. Steve Griffin compares differing style of driving Pendolinos on the WCML. Martin Robertson covers recent fastest times on the ECML, GWML, WCML, Greater Anglia, TPE, TfW and Scotrail. David Ashley compares the running of Class 802s and 397s at the north end of the WCML, and looks at the final running of Locomotive Services train from Crewe to Euston. Ian Umpleby examines Azumas running through Lincoln on recent diversions. Jeremy Hartill looks at the 100mph+ running in the winter 2022 timetable, and Nigel Smedley considers the fastest speeds ever reported. David Ashley looks at recent fast Lumo runs. Mike Burrow describes his recent journeys on the luxury Northern Belle land cruise, and Philip Tromans recalls the early days of Class 86s on the WCML Alan Varley describes his experiences on his Southern Region rail-rover in 1964 over steam routes out of Waterloo, and also reviews services in the Pyrenes. There is also a Mass Timing Day supplement covering services to and from Liverpool and Chester.

In the October 2022 issue, Martin Robertson reviews the ECML, WCML. GW, MML, TPE and Scotrail routes in his fastest times article. He also examines the “pathing” allowances on the XC Aberdeen trains, and recent experiences of delays on the east and west-coast main lines. Ian Umpleby describes his loco-hauled travels along the North Wales coast, current operations on the Bidston-Shotton line and IETs on the Calder Valley route. There is also a supplement covering LNER and TPE IETs between Edinburgh and Newcastle. Philip Tromans recalls the early days of electrics on the West Coast main line, and Steve Griffin describes driving techniques of the Class 87s. Andrew James reviews two runs behind a Class 31 in the south west. Bevan Price describes the Swindon Inter City dmus in Scotland in the early 1960s. Nigel Smedley and Frank Collins describe current running on the main line between Dublin and Cork. Richard Neville Carle recounts his travels with Bulleid pacifics on the LSWR Exeter line. Peter Commons explains his recent steam railtours on the ECML, and Jeremy Hartill his recent trips behind four Class 20s. Bill Long describes a chance meeting during a visit to the Talyllyn railway and David Ashley explains the second phase opening of the Elizabeth line, and the reintroduction of loco-hauled electric services on the Crewe-Euston route during the summer.

In the July 2022 magazine, Martin Robertson covers the ECML, WCML. GWML, MML, TPE, Highland and other Scotrail main lines. He also charts the development of services on the Edinburgh-Falkirk High-Glasgow route from 1977, and describes a recent trip on the West Highland line and a freight train’s journey from Grangemouth to Carlisle. John Rishton covers the diversions around Derby in 2018 on MML and XC services, and he also describes a non-stop XC journey from Leeds to Sheffield, via a very unusual route. David Ashley covers the initial running through the Central core of the Elizabeth Line, and also describes a journey through Cornwall with a single-engined IET and the introduction of bi-mode battery trains on the Chiltern line. Jeremy Hartill summarises the 100mph scheduled services in the summer timetable. David Pawson considers the running of single-chimney A4s, and discovers some strange and puzzling runs. Richard Neville Carle describes receiving original V2 logs from trials in 1946, and donating them to the NRM. Alan Varley describes the introduction of the Frecciarossa units in shuttle services within France, and compares them with the TGVs. He also looks at Sybics and compares them with EMUs.

In the April magazine, Bevan Price reviews recent activity on the Crewe- Liverpool route, and Martin Robertson looks at early journeys with the mini-HSTs between Edinburgh and Aberdeen. In his Fastest Times feature, he reports on the ECML, the GW main line, mini-HSTs in the south west, Trans-Pennine, East Anglia and Scotrail on the GSW and Highland main line Andrew James looks at the final days of the Great Central Michael Rowe describes the performance of the Claughtons in the 1930s. Ian Umpleby reviews the railways of Brisbane, and with Martin Robertson also looks at the Azumas working on the Durham coast diversions. David Ashley examines open rail data to produce a very fast log of a train from Reading to Paddington, and also describes main line delays during a week’s travelling last October, David Lloyd-Roberts recalls his travels during the same week. Sean Emmett samples the early days on the Okehampton line, together with a very recent rail-tour with two Class 50s, and then compares it with a run behind a Class 52 “Western”

In the January 2022 magazine, Martin Robertson covers the ECML, GEML, MML, XC, GW lines and Scotrail services in his fastest times article. David Ashley looks at recent running on the Portsmouth Direct line, and compares it with the Class 442s in the 1990s. He also looks at the recent introduction of the Class 484s on the Isle of Wight. David Adams describes a trip with a Class 387 from Bristol Parkway to Paddington, and John Rishton covers journeys on Lumo, and Azumas diverting via the WCML and on the Edinburgh suburban line. Martin Robertson also covers Azuma diversions and also a poor Scotrail journey from Aberdeen. Jeremy Hartill scours the December 2021 timetable to find runs at over 100mph. There is a supplement which examines the south end of the MML in detail, with Class 180, 222 and 360s 

Andrew James reviews Type 2 performance on the WCML. 

Sandy Smeaton reviews his best runs of the Aberdonian in 2019 and 2021. Conrad Natzio recalls a weekend in 1960 when he travelled from Ireland to cover steam journeys to London and into South and east England. Frank Price reminds us that it’s 50 years since preserved steam returned to British main lines. Michael Rowe recalls the L1 class of the Southern Railway. Richard Neville Carle and Frank Price describe a journey around the Surrey Hills with Clan Line. In his article, 

Alan Varley celebrates anniversaries and looks at new stations and new trains – mainly multiple units - in France.

In the October magazine, Martin Robertson compares the running of Class 170s with mini-HSTs on the Highland Main Line. In his Fastest Times article, he looks at ECML, MML, WCML, XC GW and Scotrail operations. Bevan Price looks at the introduction of Class 195s on the CLC between Manchester and Liverpool. Alan Varley remembers his travels on a Britrail pass in 1981 covering ECML, WCML, MML, GW, Anglia and journeys in Scotland. 

David Lloyd-Roberts recalls his travels behind Standard Class 5s on the North Wales coast in 1961, and David Maidment describes his involvement with steam railtours in the 1980s on the Settle and Carlisle and the Chiltern line. Conrad Natzio describes Irish steam between Belfast and Dublin in the 1920/30s 

 Michael Bruce explains a good Class 91 run between Leeds and Kings Cross. John Rishton and David Stannard describe recent developments with Class 769s in the north-west. David Ashley reports on the introduction of Norwich in 90 services with Class 745s and John Rishton samples current running on Heathrow Express. Frank Price and Bill Long describe recent steam specials with a Jubilee in Devon, and on the Aberdonian.

In the July 2021 magazine, David Ashley compares running on the GEML from electrification through to the introduction of the Class 745s and also looks at services west of Norwich. John Rishton remembers journeys from Birmingham to London in 2003 using Chiltern and Cross-Country services at a time when the WCML was closed. Martin Robertson covers the ECML, MML, GWR west of Exeter, Glasgow-Carlisle diversions via GSWR, and IETs towards Aberdeen in his Fastest Times article. Jeremy Hartill looks at WCML freight using Realtime trains and Martin Robertson uses the same techniques to look at freight diversions via the GSWR. Jeremy also reviews the 100mph start-stop runs in the new timetable. Ian Umpleby and John Rishton look at the introduction of the refurbished Class 769s in the north-west and South Wales. David Ashley looks how the TOCs assisted GWR in tackling the “cracking” problems with the IETs and also looks at the introduction of the Class 360s on the MML, and Alan Sprod describes the special EMR train commemorating the final HST leaving London

 Andrew James examines the running of the original Peaks on the WCML, as well as the later versions and Class 40s. 

 Bevan Price describes the operations of the Liverpool-Ormskirk-Preston route from steam in BR days through to current activity. There is a 72-page colour supplement commemorating the first 50 years of preserved steam running on the main line, with contributions from 14 authors 

 Alan Varley looks at the final days of steam in France

In the April 2021 edition, Martin Robertson covers the ECML, WCML and services provided by TPE, C2C and Scotrail in his Fastest Times article. He also covers the Glasgow-Stirling local trains from 1971 through to 2018. Jeremy Hartill examines the running of the recent heaviest freight train between Tunstead and Wembley. David Ashley describes bi-directional running (or the lack of it) in south west England, southern Scotland and on the GEML. John Rishton finds a train route where it runs half as fast again in one direction, compared with the other way. Andrew James reviews Pacer journeys in the north-east, and south west England. Avanti Driver recalls journeys on an ECS train from Preston to Longsight with Class 47s around the turn of the century. Noel Proudlock covers very early diesel multiple unit runs in Yorkshire in the 1950s. Alan Varley revisits his journeys on a Southern Region Rover ticket in 1963, and Derek Wilson describes journeys on the Highland main line, with K1 62005 on the West Highland line and 43512 on the Strathspey line. Conrad Natzio recalls his journeys with steam in France in 1964.

In the Fastest Times article, Martin Robertson covers the ECML, WCML, MML, GEML, the Cross-Country route to the south west, Northern Trans-Pennine, and Scotrail services. Avanti Driver describes an eventful Sunday when driving from Crewe to Chester to Euston and Manchester. Jeremy Hartill provides details of his travels in 2020 covering the GW mainline and the diversion of Azumas between Newcastle and Edinburgh via the WCML, including a Class 800 pushing a Class 801 in the non-electrified section. David Ashley and David Stannard search for the facts relating to rumours relating to inadvertent over-speeding, and David Ashley reviews the remaining GW Superfast service from Chippenham to Paddington. Ian Umpleby reviews the running of TPE services on diesel on Sundays. 

 Richard Neville Carle recounts his experiences of travelling the Berks and Hants route, particularly around Brewham, over the last 45 years.

Conrad Natzio recalls a day out in the snow on the Settle and Carlisle route searching for newly-introduced A3s in 1961. William Alcock describes his ninety years of memories of travelling by train, and David Pawson explains power outputs with particular reference to the effects of wind. Sean Emmett recalls the visit of Tornado to South Wales and Sandy Smeaton describes it between Carlisle and Edinburgh. Frank Price describes haulage behind a Jubilee and Royal Scot on the Cumbrian Mountain Express. Charles Foss describes the eastern section of the Trans Galloway Railway. Gordon Dudman has found a description of the first freight train on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 

Alan Varley explains the effect of the Pandemic on SNCF services and the slack timetables in the south east of France. Bill Long describes the Erfurt-Leipzig High Speed line. 

There is a 68-page supplement commemorating the travels of Bruce Nathan and describing some of his journeys over the last 70 years.

In the October 2020 magazine, Avanti Driver continues his article covering the early days of lockdown. Martin Robertson covers ECML, MML, GE Main Line, Trans Pennine North Wales and Scotrail in his “Fastest Times" article. Ian Umpleby describes journeys on the recently introduced Class 195s between York and Leeds. We look at LNER IETs running on emergency diesel power, and between Leeds and Harrogate with Class 801/802s in tandem, and new TPE traction on both the East Coast and West Coast main lines 

David Ashley covers his loco-hauled (and HST) travels in the Midlands in the latter half of the 20th Century

Michael Rowe describes the operations on the Stranraer-Castle Douglas section of the GSWR throughout its life. Frank Price describes steam runs to and from Carlisle following lockdown.

Martin Robertson describes his journey from Berlin to Rostock, Don Benn covers the 003 Pacifics from Friedrichshafen in 1971 and Bill Long explains the Main-Spesshart route in Germany. Malcolm Simister describes a steam run on Victorian Railways (Australia) in 1953  

In the July 2020 edition Bill Hemstock looks at the stopping trains on the GW Main line between Reading and Paddington. Avanti Driver explains how Avanti are coping with the consequences of Covid-19 in running trains in the early stages of the pandemic. Martin Robertson covers the ECML, MML, GWML, TPE, GEML, C2C, Scotrail and the Ffestiniog Railway in his Fastest Times article. Nigel Smedley completes his review of HSTs on the MML covering the section from Leicester to Derby.  

Alan Varley looks at rare run of a Class 40 on the MML, Michael Bruce recalls the use of Deltics as substitutes for HSTs and Sean Emmett examines sections of a Class 20 rail-tour 

Swedebasher describes the two routes from London to Birmingham in the days of steam.

David Andrews examines a dubious log of a journey in 1893 on the Empire State Express from Buffalo to New York. Martin Robinson describes his journey from Oslo to Bergen, and in the absence of current running, Alan Varley examines some SNCF runs from the archives 

In the absence of topical material, we look at some strange running on a video of the first day of the “superfast" service from Temple Meads to Paddington, and John Rishton describes a “walking log" on the Severn Valley Railway from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.

In the April 2020 magazine, Martin Robertson covers runs on HS1, ECML, WCML, GW Main Line, XC, the GE main line, Hull Trains, the Aberdeen main line, Highland main line and suburban lines with Scotrail.

Nigel Smedley provides an in-depth survey of HSTs returning to the Sheffield on the Midland Main Line following the May 2018 timetable change. 

Andrew James provides an article covering the southern end of the Great Central main line in the years prior to closure. Bill Long covers the Neubaustrecke III route between Wurzburg and Kassel 

In the News section, Noel Proudlock describes his first and last journeys on HSTs on the East Coast main line. Richard Neville Carle recounts a journey to Somerset prior to lockdown. David Ashley provides an exceptional HST run from Bristol to Taunton. David Stannard reviews recent Hitachi bi-mode performance. Ian Umpleby provides detail of a run from Pitlochry to Inverness and back on the Highland Chieftain and also looks at TPEs Hitachi bi-modes running on diesel between Morpeth and Edinburgh and return.



In his Fastest Times article, Martin Robertson covers HS1, ECML, WCML, MML, TPE, and Scotrail runs on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line and on routes into Inverness. Ian Umpleby introduces us to Class 331s in Yorkshire and TPE Nova 3s on the Scarborough route.

Noel Proudlock continues his series of articles on the Yorkshire Steam Circular and Scarborough Spa Express and similarly Bevan Price covers the Lancashire line from Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Exchange in the days of steam. Conrad Natzio recalls a round trip early in 1957 from London via Rugby and Leicester.

Alan Varley covers the introduction of bi-modes to Calais, Ian Umpleby describes journeys from Coleraine to Londonderry/Derry and Mike Burrow recalls a journey in the Canadian outback from Jasper to Prince Rupert.

In the news supplement, Ian Umpleby follows the introduction of the Class 195s to the Calder Valley route and we also look at Sean Emmett's logs on loco hauled trains on the Rhymney line. David Stannard explains recent changes on the Crewe-Manchester route. In the IET Quarterly section we look at activity on the B&H and Cotswolds lines in the summer, and look at recent activity on the main line following the introduction of the enhanced December timetable. Ian Umpleby follows the introduction of IETs on Trans Pennine, Hull Trains and LNER in the north and towards Aberdeen. Nigel Smedley wonders whether the Raildar train analysis will make train timers redundant, and David Ashley suggests how the quality of the data can be improved. 



In the October Fastest Times article, Martin Robertson covers the ECML, WCML, TPE, XC, Scotrail services (mini HST and Classes 170 and 385) and Eurostar. Jeremy Hartill describes his travels on a North East Rover ticket with a variety of rolling stock, and Ian Umpleby explains recent developments on Northern's network between Leeds and Harrogate and Sheffield and Worksop. 

Swedebasher takes us back to the 1950s and compares the early diesels with the steam locomotives that they were to replace. Sandy Smeaton describes outings with 45699 Galatea and other Jubilees, and Conrad Natzio recalls outings with the Baby Scots. Derek Wilson remembers examples of slipping with preserved steam locomotives.

Bill Long describes the route from Berlin to Leipzig over the last ten years. In the News supplement, Nigel Smedley looks in detail at the Liverpool St-Norwich route and examines the Norwich in 90 services. John Rishton describes his journey on the Finstock Flyer, and on the newly-introduced Class 331s to Northern. David Stannard recounts early appointments with the diverted Lowland Sleeper through Chelford. Baard Covington travelled on the newly-opened between Stratford and Meridian Water and with the newly-introduced Class 755 FLIRT units in East Anglia. Jeremy Hartill explains how the UK relates to other countries in respect of high speed (160kph) lines throughout the world. David Ashley describes recent developments on IETs, and Baard Covington provides a new post-2008 Fastest Time with an IET from Peterborough to York. Frank Price describes a fast run from Bristol to Taunton behind 6233 Duchess of Sutherland.



In the July magazine, Martin Robertson reports on new fastest times on the WCML, ECML. GWML, North Wales coast, XC, Chiltern and Trans-Pennine. He also reviews recent developments on the newly-electrified lines in Scotland's central belt. Mike Burrow examines developments over the Stranraer-Ayr line over the last 50 years.

David Lloyd Roberts recalls his travels behind loco-hauled Class 33s in the 1970s on the line between Waterloo and Exeter in Devon, and again with Class 159s in 2018 

Michael Rowe has been looking through the RPS archives and found cross country port to port services recorded by AJ Wrottesly in 1933 and Gerald Aston in 1954. The routes from Swansea to Cheltenham, Banbury, Nottingham, Sheffield and York, and Swansea to Llandovery, Shrewsbury, Crewe, Stockport and Leeds. We also look at trains through Lansdown Junction, Cheltenham on summer Saturday in 1959. Andrew James examines some test runs behind 46441 from Sheffield to Derby 

Sean Emmett recalls his travels in India in 2011, and Alan Varley describes punctuality on the LGV Atlantique in France. 

In the News section, Bill Long describes the replica 2-4-2 tank being used on the Welsh Highland Railway between Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu. Noel Proudlock explains the use of timetable allowances on the Eastern Region. David Ashley tries to find the shortest distances to achieve a 60mph average speed., and to consider whether these are likely to be improved with new, faster rolling stock. This seems unlikely, as any benefits of faster acceleration seem to be countered by more cautious braking. John Rishton has his first encounter with the refurbished District line D78 stock between Bletchley and Bedford. Bevan Price describes journeys over the re-opened Halton Curve, and David Ashley describes initial Norwich in 90 trips. We describe recent GW record attempts, and Jeremy Hartill gives his annual report of services over 100mph in the UK. We look again at recent IET developments, including their introduction on the ECML, the possible enhanced GW timetable in December, and the possible upgrading of Class 800 to 802 levels of power..


In the April magazine, Martin Robertson covers the WCML, ECML, Trans Pennine, Cross Country and Scotrail services in his article on Fastest Times. Paul Walker describes his travels on the ECML which he covered on two All Line Railrovers in 2018. Bill Hemstock describes peak operations on the Underground, and Richard Neville Carle travels around London on modern stock. Nigel Smedley explains the operation of EMT trains during the Derby closure and the diversions via the Erewash Valley line in 2018.

Swedebasher describes the multiple duties of the V2 station pilots from the 1940s and 1950s

Bill Long describes the Austria's new Westbahn railway.

Our correspondence columns cover a considerable number of topics, including the power of steam, the achievement of average speeds of 60mph by steam and 100mph by modern stock. Paul Jeffries expands on his experience of modern travel in Canada. 

In the News section we cover recent rail-tours by Classes 47, 67 and 68, and Flying Scotsman and Tornado. Baard Covington describes the introduction into service of the Class 717s on the Great Northern lines.



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