Today's Railways UK 221: July 2020

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The July 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:

  • Covid-19 changes the face of the UK’s railways
  • Temporary timetables introduced as open-access operators shut down
  • Operators pay tribute to the NHS
  • TfL secures Covid-19 bailout
  • New direct awards for Southeastern and Great Western franchises
  • Government takes over Northern franchise
  • First ten “Ideas Fund” re-opening grants announced
  • Busy order books for Claytons
  • New Aberdeen–Spalding freight flow
  • Anglia Class 90s bow out
  • More than 100 HST vehicles head for scrap
  • ex-LNER HSTs enter service with East Midlands Railway
  • First Class 196 delivered to Tyseley for West Midlands Railway
  • Transport for Wales Class 230 on test
  • Class 803 assembly begins at Newton Aycliffe
  • Heritage lines fundraising to save 2020 season
  • More Pacers enter preservation
  • Auckland Project buys the Weardale Railway
  • “Union of South Africa” bows out on the main line
  • Low-key opening for new Metrolink Trafford Park line
  • £30M funding package agreed for light rail in England.
  • Nexus to study ten Metro extensions
  • Three possible new extensions for Nottingham Express Transit

Feature articles include:

East Anglia: Soon the end of variety: Mark Inman presents a review of the train types in service East Anglia, a region about to see massive changes in its rolling stock fleets.

Rhymney Valley Loco-Hauled: Andy Flowers reviews the history of loco-hauled trains on the Cardiff–Rhymney line.

Cambridge–King’s Lynn: Chris Booth explores what the city of Cambridge has to offer the railfan, and is then our guide to the route north to Ely and King’s Lynn.

Northern Ireland Railways Looks to the Future for its Fleet: Robert Pritchard hears from NIR Senior Programme Manager, Richard Noble, about Northern Ireland Railways’ plans for its future fleet, including integrating the 21 additional 4000 Class vehicles into its sets from next year.

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