Railways Illustrated - November 2017

£4.70 (Approx $5.87 or €5.30)






Old Oak Common 111

Fleet Review

Heritage News

What’s Happening To…?

Steam News


From The Front Coach

Industrial News

Traction Action




Fylde’s Farewell to Arms
Some of the largest pre-Grouping mechanical signal boxes are due to be removed in November under the Preston to Blackpool electrification and re-signalling scheme. Richard Horner takes a last look at them.

To bi-mode or not to bi-mode
That is the question; Editor Mark Nicholls examines the thorny problem.

The HST Depot
Alex Fisher charts the history of the HST Depot, facilities that were necessary to accommodate a completely new type of train working when the fleet was introduced from 1976.

Beyond the Wall – The ScotRail Years
Ian McLean continues his look at the Class 47/7s and their use by ScotRail, although several examples were still found ‘defecting’ south of the Scottish Border.

Late-Summer Galas
A pictorial look at the Spa Valley Railway and Ecclesbourne Valley Railway diesel galas.

Life as a Lost Boy Pt.2
Inverness-based Richard MacLennan continues his recounting of tales as a newly-qualified driver’s assistant in the early 1980s, which got off to a poor start.