Modern Railways - December 2017

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THAMESLINK PROGRAMME: Transforming travel
Cross-London connections from 2018


An introduction from contributor Tony Miles

Modern Railways’ editorial view

High Speed 2
Bidders for trains contract announced

Pan Up
The superannuated anoraks tour Scotland; is the railway gearing up for nationalisation?

Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and custard
Our diary column

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

Our monthly look at changes on the national network

Recent appointments

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

Crossrail update
Key structures are taking shape

Between the Lines
The worry of declining passenger numbers

Alan Williams
Our pundit in the North


Battersea tunnelling complete
Progress with the extension of London Underground’s Northern Line

Lime Street reshaped
Liverpool’s city terminus is in the midst of major remodelling

Ordsall Chord complete
Manchester’s new cross-city connection in place

East Coast open access
Theo Steel reviews Hull Trains and Grand Central’s operations

Britain’s best stations
Extracts from Simon Jenkins’ new book profiling his favourite locations

Built heritage restored
A preview of entries to the 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards

My Railway Life
Behind the scenes at Euston with London Midland’s Gerry Devaney


News Front
Phased introduction of enhanced Thameslink services; Hastings to get HS1 connection; Arriva withdraws from Welsh bidding; LU cancels new Jubilee and Northern Line trains

Rail Freight
Longer sidings at Buxton; ministerial approval for Mossend expansion

Infrastructure News
GOBLIN wiring closures confirmed; alliances for trans-Pennine

Informed Sources
Train factory over-capacity threat; Siemens Alstom merger analysed; the story behind the SoFA

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