Today's Railways UK 258: August 2023

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The August 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:

Junctions in Profile: Heaton Lodge: Heaton Lodge Junction is situated two miles west of Mirfield station. In Victorian times this was the point where the Trans-Pennine lines of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's Calder Valley route and the London & North Western's Diggle Line (the main Leeds-Manchester route via Stanage) converged. In the first of a series of articles on famous railway junctions, Andy Flowers looks at the history and current operations of Heaton Lodge Junction and its surrounding lines.

Farewell to the East Midlands Super Sprinters: Simon Drake takes a personal look back at the East Midlands Class 156s which finished service in May.

Ayr to Glasgow in Focus: Stuart Fowler is our guide to the line from Ayr to Glasgow Central, looking back at the different types of stock used on the route since its electrification in the 1980s and at the stations it serves.

A Cause for Celebration: Lord Hendy Officially Opens the New Corwen Station: 2 June saw the official opening of the Llangollen Railway's extension and, with it, the new station that has been built in the heart of Corwen. Ian Beardsley reports on the day's events.

Discovering the Docklands Light Railway: Kevin Jagger spends some time exploring the Docklands Light Railway before the new trains are introduced next year.

Tracking Down Former DLR Stock in Germany: The original Docklands Light Railway cars found a second home in Germany during the 1990s. Robert Pritchard finds out where to track them down.

News stories this month include:

  • Manchester makes final pitch for HS2 underground platforms
  • First Colne Valley Viaduct piers completed
  • Grand Central to lease two Voyagers
  • No end in sight for strikes as RMT announces new July dates
  • Scottish Government takes over Caledonian Sleeper from Serco
  • LNER takes Azuma to Cleethorpes on test
  • Greenford branch fast charge trial to get under way in 2024
  • Nuneham viaduct reopens ahead of schedule
  • Dawlish sea wall work completed
  • 1938 Stock trips celebrate 160 years of London Underground
  • Valleys Class 398 testing begins
  • Ebbw Vale line reopens following redoubling works
  • Barrhead line closes for six weeks for electrification works
  • £20m Motherwell transport hub opens
  • Carstairs Junction fully reopened
  • Freightliner returns to Boulby branch
  • Edinburgh's Newhaven tramway extension opens
  • Croydon crash tram driver cleared of responsibility
  • First Class 93 arrives in the UK
  • "Dutch" livery for GBRf Class 73
  • DB naming honours Martin House Children's Hospice
  • Class 37 hauls Aberdeen sleeper
  • Class 197s enter service on Holyhead-Cardiff route
  • King Charles celebrates "Scotsman's" centenary with footplate ride
  • "Dumbleton Hall" goes on display in Tokyo
  • Double deck survivors reunited at Sellindge
  • West Somerset Railway stages annual summer diesel festival

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