Today's Railways UK 266: April 2024

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The April 2024 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:

Manchester to Glasgow for £1: In January TransPennine Express launched its New Year sale with as many as a million tickets available for a single flat fare of just £1. Robert Pritchard takes advantage of one of these to sample TPE's West Coast Main Line offering, and also the new Glasgow Subway stock for the first time.

TRU Programme Gathers Pace: Work is now gathering pace with the Transpennine Route Upgrade programme: Robert Pritchard looks at the latest developments and hears from TransPennine Express about its own timetable and fleet plans for the future.

The EDs: Still Going Strong: The last year has turned out to be another interesting one for the veteran Class 73 locomotives, still in service and mainly operated by GB Railfreight. Ian Buck looks at some of the highlights in words and pictures.

The Western Valley Line to Ebbw Vale: In our latest route guide, Mark Lee Inman takes a ride up the recently upgraded Ebbw Vale Line.

News stories this month include:

  • HS2 work at Curzon Street under way
  • WCML upgrades to offset HS2 Phase 2 cancellation gain traction
  • Bradford Forster Square to get extra platform
  • Fury at planned withdrawal of Shrewsbury's London trains
  • New look University station opens
  • Greater Anglia added to Know Your Train
  • TfW reintroduces hourly Chester to Liverpool service
  • Trains return to Treherbert
  • Majority of Piccadilly Line trains to be assembled at Goole
  • Landslip closes Chatham Main Line
  • New names of London Overground lines
  • New footbridge for Dore & Totley
  • GWR 230 sets 86-mile distance record
  • Lumo looking at Glasgow extensions
  • Studies launched into four more Bristol area stations
  • Final Cwmbargoed coal train
  • Nine-day closure for West Highland Line
  • Bridgnorth Cliff Railway set to reopen
  • Tyne & Wear's Gosforth depot rebuilt completed
  • TfL opens consultation on DLR extension
  • Class 18 on test at Scunthorpe steelworks
  • Another new livery for GBRf Class 69 fleet
  • 37418 receives Loram livery
  • Another new route for TfW Class 197s
  • Class 730s enter service in West Midlands
  • Greater Anglia 745/1s to be fitted with tables
  • EMR Class 810 Aurora interiors: first look
  • Pendolino refurbishment programme nears completion
  • Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection set to go on public display in full
  • DPS "Deltic" to visit Great Central Railway
  • Severn Valley to welcome Freightliner Class 70
  • New homes found for residents of Penrhyn Railway Museum
  • Last surviving Class 503 EMU faces scrap
  • Southern Electric Traction Group returns 4VEP 3417 to Waterloo
  • Vintage Trains makes difficult decisions to facilitate growth plans
  • Locomotive Services' ScotRail push-pull set visits East Anglia

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