Modern Railways - September 2017

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An introduction from the Industry and Technology Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Classic railway failures and the lessons they offer

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

Our monthly look at changes on the national network

Recent appointments

High Speed 2
Station contracts up for grabs

Crossrail update
A look at the remaining challenges for the Elizabeth Line

Between the Lines
The extraordinary range of services to Gatwick

Alan Williams
Is third rail electrification dead?


CrossCountry’s capacity challenge
Managing director Andy Cooper discusses the operator’s plans

HSTs for 2020
A first look at the power doors being fitted to veteran fleets

Making the trains run on time
National Task Force chair Mark Hopwood discusses the move to right time

A fairer railway for Worcester
Have the city’s rail links been neglected?

Wires through the Weald
We examine Chris Gibb’s recommendations for the Uckfield line

Trains of the future
Hitachi’s sales director Nick Hughes addressed the Railway Study Association

Mobilising Crossrail
The work behind the introduction of the new Class 345s described

Mail Rail rides again
London’s new subterranean visitor attraction

Enter the ICE4
New trains to boost long-distance services in Germany

The Yellow decade
The Derby-based company marks 10 years in the rail industry


News Front
Abellio consortium for West Midlands franchise; Bakerloo extension backed again; First/MTR takes over South Western; funding for five new stations

Rail Freight
New Colas cement flow; Wentloog terminal under threat

Infrastructure News
GOBLIN blockade plan; first masts on Shotts line

Informed Sources
DfT HLOS light on detail but Scotland shows the way; electrification schemes cancelled in favour of bi-modes

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