Today's Railways UK 249: November 2022

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The November 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:

New Trains for the UK on Display at Innotrans: The bi-annual InnoTrans international railway trade show in Berlin has contained plenty of British interest for the last few years and 2022 was no different. This was the first show since 2018 as the event in 2020 was cancelled because of the pandemic. The show opened on 20 September and ran for four days with a large outdoor display featuring dozens of trains, trams and engineering vehicles. The highlights included two new Stadler trains for Transport for Wales, giving most attendees their first opportunity to look at the first Class 398 and 756 units.

Assisting & Assistance: Driver John Leach, author of Platform 5's recently published Diesel Drive Manual book takes us through what happens when a locomotive may fail in service and needs to be assisted, with some memories of personal experiences of rescuing trains on the main line in the 1970s.

Pride on our Trains: In recent years we have seen a proliferation of "Trainbows" - trains displaying Pride rainbows. We present a selection from across the country.

Riding the Welsh Marches: Newport to Hereford: An important west to north route runs from Newport in the south, north towards Hereford, Shrewsbury and Crewe. From the very earliest days of railways it has been a battle ground, major companies such as the Great Western and London North Western competing for the lucrative South Wales coalfield market. Mark Lee Inman explores this route, with part 1 this month taking us from Newport to Hereford.

Chance is Coming to Merseyside: A selection of images taken around the Merseyrail network in recent years.

The Caledonian Railway: The Caledonian Railway is one of the few heritage railways hat hasn't yet been featured in Today's Railways UK. Andy Chard provides an overview of the line and reports on a recent visit.

News stories this month include:

  • London Bridge has fallen: The rail industry responds to the death of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Southeastern to abolish First Class as part of December timetable changes
  • More strikes announced for October
  • Ministers move forward ticket office closure plans
  • Bond Street to open on 24 October
  • Shapps out, Trevelyan in under new PM
  • North leaders seek clarification on Powerhouse plans
  • Ryde Pier rebuild delayed again
  • Byford quits as London's Transport Commissioner
  • Avanti announced increase in services
  • ECML engineering works see LNER diversions
  • Burst pipe results in five-day suspension of rail services in east Manchester
  • Multi-million pound resilience project completed on Cambrian Line
  • Dalwhinnie derailment caused by wiring error, investigation finds
  • First Minister of Scotland official opens new rail freight facility at Blackford
  • No new station for Doncaster Sheffield Airport
  • Plans for Levenmouth line stations unveiled
  • Light rail usage up 109.9% across England
  • First tracks laid on Birmingham Eastside extension to Digbeth
  • 'Royal Scots Grey' returns to the main line
  • CrossCountry power car naming celebrates 40th anniverasary of HST services on NE-SW route
  • Three Southern Class 171s head north for EMR
  • EMR 810 breaks cover at Newton Aycliffe
  • NRM reveals details of first 'Flying Scotsman' centenary event
  • Europhoenix 'Slug' stars at Dean Forest diesel extravaganza
  • London Transport Museum restarts running heritage train services

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