Today's Railways UK 226: December 2020

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

Feature articles this month include:

It’s Never Dull in Hull!: Hull Trains’ services have been a regular sight on the southern section of the East Coast Main Line since September 2000. To mark the 20th anniversary of operations, Ian Beardsley reviews the history of this interesting open access passenger operator and examines its past and present train fleets.

Attracting Passengers Back to Rail? Today’s Railways UK Publisher, Andrew Dyson, takes a trip around the rail network to see the steps being taken by various operators to win back rail users.

Exploring Edinburgh to Stirling: Ian Lothian takes us on a journey over the line from Edinburgh to Stirling, a busy route through Scotland’s Central Belt, and one which has changed dramatically in recent years.

On Board The Cornish Riviera Statesman: Chris Morgan takes a trip from Chesterfield to Penzance and shares his experiences of what it is like to travel on a multiday charter under Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

The Kirklees Light Railway: Kevin Jagger explores the Kirklees Light Railway, a 15 inch gauge miniature railway running through the foothills of the South Pennines near Huddersfield. We discover a line with much history and heritage to interest the enthusiast.

On Diversion Through Keith: The terrible derailment at Carmont in August gave rise to service diversions via the 108-mile Aberdeen–Inverness line. Ronald Smith presents a montage of photographs from this scenic route, illustrating the diverted trains and regular traffic.

Vivarail: Keeping Busy Ahead of Southam Move: Robert Pritchard and Andy Flowers provide an update on Vivarail’s progress ahead of the move to its new home base at Southam.

News stories this month include:

  • Transport for London takes charge of Crossrail
  • Welsh Government renationalises the country’s rail services
  • East Midlands Railways names new Hitachi Class 810s “Auroras”
  • Three more years for Arriva CrossCountry
  • Kintore station reopens
  • Stadler takes over Tyne & Wear Metro maintenance,
  • Increased funding for light rail in England
  • Strong support for tramway expansion in Edinburgh
  • RHTT season features a variety of locomotives
  • Eversholt sells assets
  • former East Midlands Railway HST power cars used on test train duties
  • West Midlands Trains withdraws its Class 153s
  • London Overground Class 315s bow out
  • £7.59 million Government bailout for heritage lines from Culture Recovery Fund
  • National Railway Museum to retain “problematic” exhibits
  • Mid-Hants Railway hails success of steam gala
  • HST Power Car 43018 donated to Crewe Heritage Centre
  • “Tornado” and “Flying Scotsman” to share Settle & Carlise specials
  • Jacobite season extended again

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