Today's Railways UK 225: November 2020

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The November 2020 issue of Today's Railways UK contains all the latest railway news plus interesting features, thought-provoking articles and unrivalled coverage of UK rolling stock matters. This issue also contains all our regular sections looking at heritage railways, preservation, light rail, railtours, readers’ letters, our grumpy old man and much, much more!

Our feature articles this month include:

Revised Schedule for Merseyrail Class 777 Introduction: Robert Pritchard talks to Merseytravel’s Programme Director (Rolling Stock), David Powell, about the latest developments with Merseyrail’s new Class 777 EMUs.

The North British Class 22 `Baby Warships’: Chris Booth tells the story of the distinctive North British Type 2 diesel-hydraulic locomotives and reports on progress with the plan to build a replica.

Locomotive-Haulage on the West Coast Main Line: Past & Present: Andy Flowers takes an in-depth looks back at steam, diesel and electric loco-hauled trains on the West Coast Main Line through the ages.

The Journey of a Nighttime: Michael Willmot samples the new CAF Mark 5 Sleepers and gives his thoughts on how the new vehicles compare to their British Rail-era predecessors.

On Board the North Pennine Staycation Express: Anders Beavis Berry reports on Rail Charter Services’ last “Staycation Express” of 2020, hauled by the Class 40 Preservation Society’s 40145.

East Coast: The End of an Era: Ian Beardsley presents a portfolio of photos of Class 91s during their last few months in charge of Anglo-Scottish services.

News stories this month include:

  • Government pulls the plug on rail franchising
  • Grand Central cancels its plans for London-Blackpool service
  • Impact of climate change “accelerating”
  • Network Rail publishes decarbonisation strategy
  • Transport for London takes over responsibility for Crossrail
  • HS2 construction starts
  • Nexus consults on new Metro train interiors
  • Dudley Very Light Rail test track takes shape
  • Additional Class 66s arrive for GBRf
  • Final Class 142 workings into Sheffield
  • Hydrogen-powered Class 319 on test
  • South Western Railway Class 701 introduction delayed again
  • Avanti uses coasting to keep trains moving
  • £3 million of lottery funding announced for heritage railways
  • South Tynedale Railway enters administration
  • ORR finds multiple failings at Aln Valley Railway
  • Charity gives up the lease on Elsecar heritage line
  • Royal Scotsman and Tornado Railtours return after Covid-19 lockdown,
  • Railtours Ireland launches “Emerald Pullman”
  • “Princess Elizabeth” hauls the Northern Belle

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