Modern Railways - January 2018

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South Western Railway – the masterplan and its challenges
MD Andy Mellors told the IRO about the operator’s plans

Restoration triumphs
Winners at the 2017 National Railway Heritage Awards


Year of deliveries
2018 is set to be a busy year for new train introduction

The Golden Spanners
Roger Ford’s annual review of fleet reliability

Golden Spanners conference
A summary of the presentations given prior to the awards

Building better battery trains
Hitachi explains how it is looking to harness this advancing technology

Enter the Aventra
A detailed look at Bombardier’s highly successful new EMU platform

Automating maintenance
Bombardier’s train scanning system in focus

Interlocking for safety of personnel and equipment
Zonegreen highlights the importance of safety within depots

Hydrogen trains for the UK?
Could Alstom’s emission-free train be a solution for Britain?

Talgo targets the UK
A profile of the Spanish manufacturer looking to win orders for HS2 trains


An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
As production comes to an end, Ian Walmsley examines the history and success of Bombardier’s Electrostar EMU

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

High Speed 2
Change coming to the area around Euston station

Crossrail update
Progress towards May’s Stage Two opening

Between the Lines
Chris Stokes discusses the Government’s vision for rail

Alan Williams
What do community rail partnerships need to thrive?


News Front
MML timetable overhaul in May; early end for East Coast franchise; Great Western franchise split mooted; South Eastern franchise specification

Rail Freight
NIC freight study; logistics centre construction underway

Infrastructure News
NR unveils new grinding trains; 4LM signal testing progress

Informed Sources
Franchising schedule changes – extension for GWR but East Coast ends early; the raw numbers behind IEP bi-mode performance

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