Today's Railways UK 248: October 2022

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The October 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:

The New Northumberland Line: Almost 60 years after they were withdrawn, passenger services are due to restart running over what is now know as the Northumberland Line late next year. Ian Beardsley takes a look at the line, which links Newcastle with Ashington and will be the second to be reopened to regular passenger traffic as part of the Government's 'Restoring Your Railway' programme, the learn about its history, what work is involved in its reopening and what rail services it will offer the communities along its route.

ScotRail's Fleet and Timetable in Focus: Following its biggest ever timetable consultation, Phase 1 of ScotRail's new "Fit for the Future" post-Covid timetable was originally launched in May but then postponed until 20 July. Now the timetable is in operation, Robin James and Robert Pritchard provide a comprehensive overview of the current ScotRail fleet and its operations.

The Doncaster Museum Store: In TRUK 241 Kevin Jagger traced the story of the remarkable Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection, some of which went on display at the stylish new Danum Gallery Library & Museum in Doncaster when it opened last year. Robert Pritchard was recently invited to view the new storage repository which will soon also be open for visits.

The Ffestiniog Round Robin: The Ffestiniog Round Robin is a great value ticket for exploring Mid and North Wales, allowing a circular journey from a number of stations in England and also a single trip on the highly scenic Ffestiniog Railway. Robert Pritchard reports on one such journey in August.

News stories this month include:

  • ScotRail provides details of fleet replacement plan
  • Abellio to sell franchises to UK management buy-out
  • Rail usage reaches 95% of pre-pandemic levels
  • More strikes hit services this summer
  • Fire disrupts London Bridge
  • Avanti drastically reduces WCML timetable
  • Elizabeth Line takes a step up on 6 November
  • Last-minute funding deal reached for TfL
  • Truss puts Northern Powerhouse back on the agenda
  • DfT to fund £161m capacity increase at Oxford
  • Hartlepool station revamp to go ahead
  • Dates announced for Barmouth Viaduct closures
  • Far North request stop kiosk on trial
  • Shrewsbury line upgrade business plan
  • Night Tube back to normal
  • Network Rail unveils Troon station rebuilding plans
  • DfT offers hope for Doncaster airport link
  • Pet dogs allowed on Metrolink for first time
  • More photos of new DLR trains released
  • Douglas Bay Horse Tramway reopens
  • Second Edinburgh tram route back on the agenda
  • Strong demand for new shunting locos says RSS
  • Six 69s to be fitted with translator couplers
  • Double tribute for Adrian Shooter with Class 168 naming and Marylebone statue
  • EMR Class 170s reach Liverpool
  • ROG starts to dispose of Class 360/2s
  • Greater Anglia slims down Class 321/322 fleets
  • Continued fire risk sees steam locos sidelined in favour of diesels
  • Work on 'Wadebridge' now under way
  • "Serious failure" sees "Poplar" taken out of traffic at Bluebell Railway
  • Class 144 enters traffic at K&WVR
  • Barrow Hill Roundhouse celebrates its 150th anniversary

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