Today's Railways UK 224: October 2020

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The October 2020 issue of Today's Railways UK is packed with the latest railway news plus interesting articles and detailed coverage of UK rolling stock matters. This issue also contains all our regular sections looking at heritage railways and preservation, tramways and light rail, railtours, readers’ letters, our grumpy old man and much, much more!

News stories include:

  • Carmont HST derailment leaves three dead
  • Crossrail opening put back to 2022
  • Big electrification plans announced for Scotland
  • Edinburgh–Glasgow main line to be closed for two months
  • Covid-19 franchise costs top £2.28bn
  • Oil train derails in west Wales
  • Government awards grant for Dudley Very-Light-Rail Innovation Centre
  • Additional financial support for light rail in England
  • South Yorkshire Supertram closure extended
  • Charity offers to support Snaefell Mountain Railway
  • Cross-operator travel restriction easements come to an end
  • LNER to bring back at-seat catering
  • First former Anglia Class 90 enters service with Freightliner
  • More Castle Class HSTs for Great Western
  • West Midlands’ Aventra on test at Velim – first picture
  • South Western Railway brands Aventra fleet “Arterio”
  • First Class 769 bi-mode unit delivered to GWR
  • Heritage diesel running days recommence
  • Landslip hits Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway
  • Kerr’s Miniature Railway set to close
  • Midland Pullman to return
  • “Britannia” becomes “Tornado”

Feature articles include:

One Year On for East Midlands Railway: Robert Pritchard catches up with EMR Engineering Director Neil Bamford to discuss some of the latest developments surrounding the company’s fleet.

Exploring Bristol–Kidderminster: Stephen Roberts guides us through what rail users can expect to find on a journey from Bristol to Kidderminster.

Travelling by Train – the new Normal? Paul Abell dons his face covering and takes a trip from Sheffield to Leeds to discover just what it is like to travel by train in the face of Covid-19 guidelines.

The Northern Timetable and Fleet Evolves Post-Lockdown: Robin James and Robert Pritchard take a look at the planned changes to the Northern timetables from mid-September.

A Positive Outlook for New Stations? Nick Comfort reviews recent reopenings and newly built stations and takes a look at some of the projects being put forward and the criteria they have to meet in order to receive support from the Government’s New Stations Fund.

Back on the Rails Again! Anders Beavis Berry recounts two of his recent trips by train, his first since the Covid-19 pandemic, and finds out what has changed since his last journeys.

Ayrshire Coal Decline: Stuart Fowler looks back at the rail freight scene north of the border and discovers what little coal traffic is left today.

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