Today's Railways UK 247: September 2022

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The September 2022 issue of Today's Railways UK is full of interesting articles and features covering all aspects of Britain’s railways, plus all the very latest news from across Britain’s railway network. This month we look in depth at new trains on Britain’s railways, but we also include all our regular monthly sections covering light rail, heritage railways, preservation and railtours, with readers’ letters and our grumpy old man also in attendance.

Feature articles this month include:

Transport for Wales's CAF Class 197s: First Impressions: On 1 July, press and stakeholders were given an opportunity to look at one of TfW's CAF Class 197 DMUs ahead of their entry into service later this year. Ian Beardsley looks at their specification and gives us his first hand impressions of the new trains.

Alstom Aventra: Now and in the Future: Phillipa Armstrong, Project Chief Engineer ofor the Alstom Class 730 Aventra, recently presented an update on the Aventras programme - "Alstom Aventra - Now and in the Future" to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, giving an overview of the Aventra project to date and how the platform could be updated in future. Robert Pritchard reports.

The Stoke-on-Trent Rail Scene: The important city of Stoke-on-Trent rarely features within the pages of railway magazines these days. Cliff Beeton is our guide to the varied passenger and freight scene still to be found around the city.

Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick: In his latest guide, Ian Lothian explores the route from Edinburgh Waverley along the East Coast Main Line to the seaside town of North Berwick.

Hollycombe Steam in the Country: Phil Barnes is our guide to the railways of Hampshire's Hollycombe steam museum, which is said to be the largest collection of working steam engines in Britain, if not the world.

News stories this month include:

  • Heatwave disrupts rail network as passengers advised not to travel
  • Resilience taskforce launch by Network Rail
  • London Underground and light rail affected too
  • Barking Riverside opens but with very few passengers due to heatwave
  • More strikes announces as summer of disruption looms
  • ScotRail restores full timetable
  • Merseyrail guards' dispute resolved
  • Rail usage reaches 90% of pre-pandemic levels (again)
  • Department for Transport announces £1 billion investment in East Coast Digital Programme
  • RAIB investigating Doncaster container train crash
  • Southampton estuary tunnel proposed
  • First train into new Blackford terminal
  • DRS Crewe open day raises £39,000
  • Shapps suggests cancelling EWR next stages
  • Work stepped up for Elizabeth Line next stage
  • Night Tube returns to Northern Line
  • West Midlands Metro reaches Edgbaston
  • Daytime tests take place on Blackpool North extension
  • East Anglia Transport Museum celebrates 40th anniversary of tramway extension
  • First Rail Operations Group Class 93s take shape
  • DRS places remaining 37s up for sale
  • GBRf marks new contract with Wascosa
  • Wolverton wins new contract to repaint Freightliner 66s
  • Greater Anglia 317 EMUs bow out
  • Avanti West Coast Class 805 breaks cover
  • Nottingham Heritage Railway announced as new home for 1264
  • Southern Region EMUs take centre stage at Mid Hants Railway diesel gala
  • Record-breaking temperatures result in main line steam ban

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