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Rail Express Magazine

12 issues per year View Reviews   |   Write Review From €2,92 per issue RAIL EXPRESS is Britain's favourite modern rail enthusiast title. Undoubtedly the best for modern traction photography, the magazine keeps readers informed and entertained with undiluted coverage of Britain's railways in the diesel and electric era. First produced in 1996, RE has set a new standard for the hobby, with a clean design, high quality paper and the best reproduction.

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Rail Express  |  August 2018  


THOSE that were around before the turn of the century will likely remember a time of widespread diesel loco-haulage. In fact they were pretty much everywhere until the mid-1980s and the ‘Sprinter’ revolution, when second generation DMUs began to replace traditional hauled stock on many long-distance routes. But it was not until 2002, when CrossCountry withdrew its last loco diagrams, that a nationwide network finally came to
an end.

Since then there has slowly been something of a revival – such as the Arriva workings between North and South Wales; the former Wrexham & Shropshire’s trains, which morphed into Chiltern’s Main Line workings; Greater Anglia’s ‘short set’; and Northern’s Cumbrian diagrams.
Very soon now we will have the prospect of loco-hauled sets entering service across the North of England with TransPennine Express. A planned preview service using ex-‘Pretendolino’ Mk.3s will not now happen, but it won’t be long until we get to sample the new Mk.5s with DRS Class 68 power.

Now with the CrossCountry franchise due for renewal next year, there are indications that loco-hauled stock could be reintroduced as a solution to overcrowding. CrossCountry is not only one of the biggest networks, in terms of geographical coverage, but also one of the most used by leisure travellers, and so has to cope with seasonal peaks in demand to holiday destinations that fixed-formation ‘Voyagers’ cannot handle.

For the enthusiast, CrossCountry locos would restore a degree of national coverage sorely missed, linking in with many of the other loco-hauled routes. Add in the Cornish and Scottish overnight sleepers, which have always used diesels, a commitment to locos in Wales by taking on Mk.4s cascaded from the East Coast Main Line, plus a question mark over what will be used on the Midland Main Line post-2020, and it could be something like old times again.
RAIL EXPRESS is Britain's favourite modern rail enthusiast title. Undoubtedly the best for modern traction photography, the magazine keeps readers informed and entertained with undiluted coverage of Britain's railways in the diesel and electric era. First produced in 1996, RE has set a new standard for the hobby, with a clean design, high quality paper and the best reproduction.
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The best Rail mag out Reviewed giovedì 16 luglio 2020
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One of the best modern railways magazines on the market! Reviewed martedì 2 giugno 2020
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The Model Rail section is one-third of the magazine which I simply don't read as modern image modelling is of no interest. If there is demand, it should be a separate magazine. Reviewed martedì 26 maggio 2020
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keeps me abreast of prototype and modelling in on epublication Reviewed giovedì 16 aprile 2020
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Modelling section has been disappointing now for nearly a year, Simon Bendall was a good modelling editor, now it’s all about one mans efforts. Reviewed martedì 14 aprile 2020

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