Today's Railways UK 269: July 2024

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The July 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:

If You Build It, Will They Come?: There is always plenty of argument over whether the case for building new railways, or reopening old ones, has been made. Promoters and rail campaigners say "Build it and they will come". Yet while a new railways is nice to have, the Treasury - and maybe the wider public - can take convincing. Nick Comfort examines the statistics.

From Goblins to Suffragettes: Riding Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside: Mark Lee Inman visits the line from Gospel Oak to Barking and Barking Riverside, for many years known as the "GOBLIN" but recently christened the "Suffragette Line" by Transport for London as part of its rebranding of the London Overground lines. Recent years have seen electrification and new rolling stock transform an urban backwater into a busy route for both passenger and freight services.

Railways of Cornwall: Keith Barrow recently published his book "Railways of Cornwall: A Decade of Change" looking at the Cornish Main Line from Saltash to Penzance. Keith presents a selections of his photos that didn't find room in the book.

A Taste of TransPennine Express: The West Coast Kitchen: 20 May saw the official launce of Transpennine Express's West Coast Kitchen, a new First Class offer for users of its services between Liverpool/Manchester and Edinburgh/Glasgow. Ian Beardsley takes a trip to Scotland to sample the new menu.

News stories this month include:

  • Lumo applies to operate open access trains on the WCML
  • Virgin set to return as open access operator?
  • Grand Central plans more services
  • Fiver bidders shortlisted for new Southeastern Metro fleet
  • Eurostar looks to fleet expansion
  • Ministerial opening for new Leven line
  • Northumberland Line opening delayed
  • New images of Merseyrail's Liverpool Baltic station unveiled
  • New station on GEML at Beaulieu Park takes shape
  • Final plans unveiled for Leicester station revamp
  • Ayr station demolition under way
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct repairs start
  • Jubilee Line extension celebrates 25 years
  • New Tyne & Wear Metro trains start daytime testing
  • Blackpool gears up for North station branch opening
  • New series of Sheffield city centre works see tram diversions
  • Rail Operations Group's Class 93 starts main line testing
  • Alstom to refurbish Shuttle locos?
  • Sold Class 90s cleared from Crewe
  • Locomotive Services Class 45 out on test
  • New Pride of the CrossCountry fleet
  • Class 777 named after Cunard founder
  • Enter the "Landmark Class" - as first Class 730 named
  • Vale of Rheidol Railway's Aberystwyth museum officially opened
  • New Hall opens at NRM's Shildon outpost
  • Class 309 "Clacton Express" EMU finds new home in East Anglia
  • Swanage stages its 17th annual diesel bash
  • 1000s attend Severn Valley Railway Spring Diesel Festival

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