Railways Illustrated - October 2017

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Comment – Vandalism

Fleet Review

Heritage News

What’s Happening To…?

Steam News

Industrial News

WIN! A Class 56 model & In Box


From The Front Coach

Traction Action




Saving 2859
The 2859 Locomotive Group is working hard to realise its dream to restore a GWR 28xx Class freight loco to working order.

Hoover at 50
Editor Mark Nicholls summarises the Class 50, a design once plagued by over-complicated electrics that has survived the test of time.

Mail Rail
Part of the Postal Museum exhibit in London, Mail Rail offers visitors an insight into an unseen rail network beneath the capital’s streets.

All hail the saviours!
The Class 68s are gaining a cult following, and it’s easy to see why. Pip Dunn explains why ‘Cats’ are the cream of the new loco fleet.

Life as a Lost Boy Pt.1
Lost Boys were Driver’s Assistants who joined British Rail between 1968 and 1988. Among them was Richard MacLennan, an Inverness-based recruit with a fascinating tale to tell.

Lancs delivers yet again
Pip Dunn reports from this year’s ELR Diesel Gala.

Mid-Summer Galas
A pictorial look at the Wensleydale Railway and Gloucester Warwickshire Railway diesel galas.

The stretch of line between Westbury in Wiltshire and Reading in Berkshire is packed with interest, as Stephen Roberts discovered.