Today's Railways UK 235: September 2021

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The September 2021 issue of Today's Railways UK contains a range of interesting articles covering all aspects of Britain’s railways, plus all the very latest news from across the railway network. Our regular monthly sections take an in-depth look at light rail, heritage railways, preservation and railtours, with readers’ letters and our grumpy old man also in attendance.

Feature articles this month include:

The Meridians and Pioneers: Chris Booth looks back over the lives of the Class 222 Meridian and Pioneer DEMUs to date and looks at their potential future prospects.

Back on the rails on an All Line Rover: TR UK Publisher Andrew Dyson heads out and about again and sees how the rail network has changed compared to during his previous travels.

Wandering the Woodhead: 40 years on from its closure as a through route, Ian Beardsley puts on his walking boots to discover just what is left of the Woodhead Line, which once provided and alternative route to the Hope Valley for getting between Manchester and Sheffield, and was the UK’s first electrified main line railway.

Llangollen Railway rises from the Ashes: Paul Abell reports on a Welsh railway renaissance.

Exploring Polmont to Glasgow: Ian Lothian continues his exploration of the railways of the Scottish central belt by taking us along the “Edinburgh & Glasgow” from Polmont to Glasgow Queen Street, a journey of exactly 25 miles. The Edinburgh to Polmont section of the E&G was covered as part of the earlier Edinburgh to Stirling article in TRUK226.

The Northern Timetable and Fleet Evolves in 2021: There have been many changes to both the Northern fleet and timetables since our last review in TRUK224. Robin James and Robert Pritchard present an update.

News stories this month include:

  • “Pingdemic” hits the railways with reduced timetables.
  • Rail usage remains around 50% of 2019 figures.
  • Covid restrictions end in England: What does it mean for face masks?
  • Croydon tram crash passengers accidentally killed.
  • LNER scraps plans to keep compulsory reservations.
  • Crossrail to open in February-June 2022.
  • Werrington dive-under lines connected up.
  • Transport Decarbonisation plan published.
  • Troon station gutted by fire.
  • New Glasgow Subway trains on test.
  • Network Rail takes over Okehampon line prior to reopening.
  • One million HGVs taken off the roads as first train departs HS2 hub at Willesden.
  • Nexus unveils new Metro train interior.
  • Detailed proposals for Bristol tram network.
  • September changes to Class 91 diagrams.
  • Rail Charter Services HST set unveiled.
  • ScotRail Class 153s enter service.
  • Testing of new TfW FLIRT DMUs begins in mainland Europe.
  • Freight Multiple Units ready for action.
  • Orion Class 768 breaks cover at Euston.
  • Class 777 testing ramps up.

  • Keeping the dream alive – Great Central Railway looks to resolve A60 bridge problem.

  • New lease of life for St Blazey turntable.
  • Victory from the jaws of defeat – BLS charity charter raises £74 000 for good causes.

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