Modern Railways - March 2017

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Island line at a crossroads
We mark 50 years of tube trains on the Isle of Wight

The Elizabeth Line – an exercise in collaboration
MTR Crossrail is busy preparing for the 2018 launch

Crossrail 2 planning underway
The proposed new cross-London line in focus

Elizabeth Line triumphs at the ‘Whistles’
A rundown of the winners at our annual awards for excellence in operation

Golden Whistles conference
Presentations on operating issues preceded the awards

New railway under the Alps
The construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel described

Cable protection for Gotthard tunnel
ABB was a key supplier to this landmark project

Tangerine tickets refuse to die
A report from the Transport Ticketing Global 2017 conference

Rail Minister Maynard to open Railtex 2017
A look ahead to the May trade show at the NEC

Welcome
An introduction from the Editor

Railtalk
A guest editorial from Michael Holden, based on his keynote speech at the ‘Golden Whistles’ awards

Pan Up
The Superannuated Anoraks tour Anglia; new traction for ‘323s’

Forum
Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and custard
Our diary column

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

People
Recent appointments

Trackwatch
Our monthly look at changes on the national network

Crossrail update
Further progress with stations

Between the Lines
Will the intensive Thameslink timetable work?

Alan Williams
Still no clarity on driver-only operation

News Front
Call for franchising overhaul; first Class 88 reaches UK; trial of fares changes; Thurso sleeper plan

Rail Freight
Freight train from China reaches UK; GBRf wins kaolin contract

Infrastructure News
GOBLIN wires delayed; Northern Line tunnelling set to begin

Informed Sources
West Coast Partnership prospectus issued; HS2 train procurement kicks off; upgrading overhead wires on the East Coast main line

Europe View
Keith Fender presents a round-up of news from across the Channel

Investing in ‘323s’

Tunnelled metro for Manchester?

HS2 train procurement starts

Thurso to Edinburgh sleeper plan

Portishead reopening prospect