Today's Railways UK 256: June 2023

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The June 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:

Into the Garden of England with a Kent Rover: Robert Pritchard explores some of the lines and destinations which can be enjoyed with a Kent Rover, a three day ticket promoted by Southeastern.

Core Valley Lines: Electrification Progress: On 14 April, Transport for Wales provided an update at a Light Rail Transit Association members day being held in Cardiff on progress with the electrification of the Core Valley Lines. Robert Pritchard reports, in words and pictures.

The New Spring Timetable: Mike Stone presents his guide to the new May 2023 timetable which starts on Sunday 21 May and includes some more improvements, particularly to CrossCountry and Elizabeth Line services, as well as some significant changes to those services operated by Chiltern Railways and West Midlands Railway around the West Midlands.

Letting the Train Take the Strain: Sampling the Through Service to Swanage: The Swanage Railway recently restarted running services to and from Wareham. Ian Beardsley takes a ride on one of the heritage diesel multiple units that have been restored especially for this purpose to learn more about the operation.

An Afternoon at Nottingham: Mike Reynolds visits this important East Midlands city to observe the variety of train services and types than can be seen passing through the station.

News stories this month include:

  • Emergency two-month closure of Nuneham viaduct causes chaos
  • HS2 to Handsacre still on track
  • Fuel problems hit SWR DMU fleets
  • Battery hybrid 230s' chequered launch on Borderlands Line at last
  • Improved performance for TPE
  • Reading Green Park set to open in May
  • Ryde Pier Head to reopen - for now
  • GWR extends Hitachi's maintenance contract
  • Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre hosts major incident training exercise
  • LNR is the latest company to remove First Class
  • Carstairs upgrade continues
  • New Docklands Light Railway units start test running
  • Tram testing starts to Wolverhampton station
  • First Rail Operations Group Class 93 due in May
  • GBRf awards Stadler service and maintenance contract for Class 99s
  • GWR to retail some HSTs into 2024
  • 196s enter service on Hereford route
  • TfW Class 170s head north to EMR
  • Final scheduled trains for Greater Anglia Class 321s
  • GTR's 100th Electrostar re-enters service after Project Auroro upgrade
  • TfW 769s enter final month of operation
  • Severn Valley Railway launches £1.5m appeal to help overcome financial crisis
  • Class 321 set to enter preservation

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