Modern Railways - February 2018

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London Bridge nears completion
New concourse fully open following Christmas works

Ebbw Vale – a decade of lessons
A reflection on 10 years of restored passenger services

New link for Northumberland
Progress with plans to reopen the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line

Restoring the withered arm
Aspirations for regular passenger services to Okehampton and Tavistock

Devon anticipates new timetable
A look ahead to improvements planned for January 2019

Settle and Carlisle rebuilds
Theo Steel examines the line’s recovery following the Eden Brows landslip

Keep bi-modes off the Midland!
Colin Boocock explores the future needs of the Midland main line

Berlin to Munich in four hours
Spectacular new high-speed line cuts journey times


An introduction from the Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Tales of train commissioning – what can experience tell us?

Readers comment on topical issues around the railway today

Blood and custard
Our diary column

Moving Wheels
Rolling stock news

Recent appointments


News Front
Electrics reach Didcot; c2c orders Bombardier Aventras; NAO highlights GTR franchise failings; Bolton wires delayed

Rail Freight
Freight volumes rise; Siemens wins ETCS fitment deal

Infrastructure News
Network Rail’s Christmas works programme; platform extension at Edinburgh Waverley

Informed Sources
East Coast franchise row rumbles on; worrying implications of Waterloo derailment; has railway subsidy really reduced?

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