Today's Railways UK 251: January 2023

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The January 2023 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 December Timetable: As operators continue to add services back to their schedules, but at the same time suffer from staff shortages, Mike Stone presents his guide to the new December 2022 timetable which sees major changes on a number of routes, including a rewrite of the West Coast Main Line, West Midlands, Manchester area and Southeastern timetables.

Open Doors at Blackpool!: Robert Pritchard samples one of the depot open days that are now being run at Blackpool Tramway's Rigby Road depot.

The Isle of Man at Autumn: It has been more than three years since we ran a feature exploring the Isle of Man's varied public transport system and heritage railways. Tony Christie paid a visit to the Winter Transport Festival, held at the end of October.

Loco-Hauled Trains on the York-Scarborough Railway: In his latest loco-hauled line profile, Andy Flowers looks looks at a line which has seen a renaissance in loco-hauled trains in recent years - the 42 mile route from York to Scarborough.

Cambrian Heritage Railways: It is now 50 years since the first preservation group moved into the goods yard at Oswestry and during the decades since, the heritage railway there has been steadily increasing its reach. Andy Chard takes a look at the history of the Cambrian Heritage Railways and reports on a recent visit to its two lines.

News stories this month include:

  • HS2, Powerhouse core and East West Rail to go ahead, Hunt guarantees
  • Southeastern looks for new suburban fleet
  • Strikes cancelled, then back on as pre-Christmas disruption looms
  • Waterloo is back to being Britain's busiest station
  • GWR to withdraw HST fleet by December 2023
  • Vivarail set to go into administration
  • Grand Union's Carmarthen trains approved
  • Harper gives Portishead go-ahead
  • Carlisle clean-up operation complete
  • Luffenham bridge strike forces 18-day closure of key route
  • Tavistock reopening gathers pace
  • Ridership soars as Elizabeth Line expands
  • Second platform at Castleford takes shape
  • New departure boards for Euston
  • New Gosforth Metro depot almost ready
  • LNER opens new family lounge at King's Cross
  • First-in-class fitment of ETCS on DB Cargo UK Class 66
  • Colas and WCRC help out with North-East RHTT
  • Retro colours for 91119 as 91 repaint programme nears completion
  • TfW Class 197s slip quietly into service
  • Farewell tour for Class 315s
  • NRM's Station Hall to close for 18 months
  • Strikes set to hit December and January tours

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