Modern Railways - September 2019

£4.70 (Approx $5.90 or €5.33)



The line to legend land
Western HST commemoration at Swindon

SWR gets into its stride
A progress report from the Waterloo operator

What next for Island Line?
Prospects for the Isle of Wight’s railway

Northern Powerhouse Rail
Plans for the new line across the North

Operating across Birmingham
Challenges of the West Midlands Trains May timetable

The Castlefield conundrum
Network Rail’s Tim Shoveller on challenges in Manchester

Capacity investment is paying off
Statistics show overcrowding is reducing


An introduction from the Assistant Editor

Modern Railways’ editorial view

Pan Up
Seat comfort researched; environmental claims questioned

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

High Speed 2
Will HS2 survive a Government review?

Crossrail update
Financial update on the troubled project

In Business and small ads
Latest happenings in industry

Between the Lines
West Midlands timetable performance in focus

Alan Williams
Our pundit in the North


News Front
South Eastern competition axed; Hitachi for East Midlands bi-modes; Azuma debuts in Scotland; South Yorkshire rail strategy

Modern Railways RVE
Four more buyers and six more exhibitors for our October show

Rail Freight
Castle Donington interchange; new services from Maritime Transport

Infrastructure News
Platform extensions at Glasgow Queen Street; Barking Riverside extension work

Informed Sources
Sandy overspeed reviewed; managing diesel engine temperatures; new train TIN-watch

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