Today's Railways UK 219: March 2020

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The March 2020 issue of Today's Railways UK is packed with railway news from all over Great Britain plus comprehensive features and detailed coverage of UK rolling stock news. Also contains heritage and preservation news, light rail news, railtours, readers’ letters, our grumpy old man and much, much more!

News stories include:

  • Arriva stripped of Northern franchise
  • Stadler wins Tyne & Wear Metro order
  • Elizabeth Line to open in summer 2021
  • Over 1200 vehicles given accessibility dispensations
  • East Midlands Gateway opens
  • Trafford Park Metrolink line set for early opening
  • Further tramway extensions planned for Edinburgh
  • TfL fares freeze to end in 2021?
  • Class 91 withdrawals resume
  • New look for Freightliner Class 90s
  • Greater Anglia introduces Class 745s and first Class 720 delivered
  • Dartmoor and Weardale Railways up for sale
  • £4.5M redevelopment for NRM, Shildon
  • Pacers enter preservation
  • Farewell railtour for DRS Class 20s

Feature articles include:

  • Rolling Stock Special: New Trains on Order: Robert Pritchard and Ian Beardsley provide our annual summary of all new rolling stock currently on order for the British train operating companies, major rolling stock changes during 2019 and the latest figures charting the average age of the current fleet.
  • Merseyrail Launches First Class 777: Robert Pritchard visits the rebuilt Kirkdale depot to look at the first of the new Merseyrail Class 777 EMUs.
  • Location Profile: Shrewsbury: Chris Booth provides a guide to the history of the railways in the Shrewsbury area, current rail traffic, and also nearby photographic locations.
  • The Churnet Valley Railway: Andy Chard finds out more about the history, operations and future ambitions of this growing heritage railway.
  • Clayton Equipment Ltd: Behind the Scenes: Ian Beardsley takes us on a tour of one of the UK’s last remaining loco builders, Clayton Equipment at Burton-upon-Trent.

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