Today's Railways UK 257: July 2023

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The July 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:

Loco-Hauled Trains & HSTs: Summer 2023: Ian Beardsley provides our annual round up of where to find scheduled loco-hauled and HST-operated passenger trains around Great Britain this summer.

Exploring East Anglia with an Anglia Plus: Mark Lee Inman explores the Greater Anglia area with a local ranger ticket and discovers a diverse selection of lines on which it can be used and different towns and cities to explore.

Rail Rover Ticket Guide to Britain & Ireland 2023: Compiled by the Today’s Railways UK team, this comprehensive feature lists the validity, price and availability of all British and Irish rail rovers, and similar tickets promoted by local transport authorities in the major conurbations. Wherever possible, details of combined bus and rail tickets are also included. The essential guide for anyone planning to make the most of rail travel this year!

The Rhyl Miniature Railway: Phil Barnes explores this delightful miniature railway in North Wales.

News stories this month include:

  • First Group stripped of TransPennine franchise
  • Fresh confusion over extent of HS2 mothballing
  • 10 million tonnes of material moved by rail for HST
  • Strikes disrupt Eurovision and FA Cup
  • Passenger numbers at record post-Covid high
  • Preferred Bedford-Cambridge route for EWR announced
  • Reading Green Park station opens
  • Marsh Barton station due to open in June
  • Rail carries 6000 service personnel to Coronation
  • Elizabeth Line up to full frequency
  • Treherbert line closes for nine months
  • Glasgow Subway trains still on target to enter service before end of year
  • EMR: Book in advance for Skegness
  • Nuneham viaduct works on track
  • Edinburgh's Newhaven extension ready for opening
  • New Tyne & Wear Metro trains start testing
  • New name for GB Railfreight's 66718
  • More Class 58s scrapped in France
  • First 69s to the West Country
  • EMR withdraws Class 180s
  • First Avanti 807 on test
  • Southern Class 313s bow out of service
  • North Yorkshire Moors recreates first train for its 50th anniversary
  • Class 76 cab moved to South Yorkshire
  • Severn Valley Railway celbrates 50 years of diesel loco preservation

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