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Railway Magazine

12 issues per year Write Review From £2.75 per issue

The Railway Magazine has been the leading voice for train, modern, industry, traction, network, steam, heritage, metro, narrow gauge and overseas railways since 1897. The Railway Magazine provides everything you need to know about trains - from modern headline news on all the latest in the industry to diving deep into the history of the first engines and everything in between.

Read up on the most iconic engines such as the Orient Express, as well as world-leading updates in all things railway. The Railway Magazine features unmissable articles on cutting-edge technology, ready to revolutionise train travel.

Subscribe to The Railway Magazine and get instant access to the historic celebrations, industry updates and insightful news from the railway community. 

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Single Digital Issue 1424 - November 2019
£3.99 / issue
Please be aware that this issue and other back issues are not included in any of the subscription options unless stated.
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Railway Magazine  |  1424 - November 2019  

When you operate in the service sector, you are expected to provide the service advertised. In the case of railways, passengers rightly expect trains to turn up, on time, so they can plan their day and go about their business. In order to run the advertised timetabled services, one of the key components is to have a full complement of staff to cover all the diagrams, along with contingency to cover sickness, holidays, staff training and refresher courses.

Of course, full staff cover should be embodied in the requirements of the franchise, yet several train operators that have never properly tackled the issue are guilty of cancelling trains at short notice because of ‘lack of train crew’. Passengers are fed up with arriving at a station for a train that has been or will be cancelled because no crew are available – a situation not helped by occasional abysmal communications.

Some lines are getting more than a fair share of cancellations, too. Given we are 25 years into franchising, it may surprise you to learn several train operators are still reliant on the goodwill of rest days and overtime to manage daily train diagrams. It’s a practice that stems from BR days as contracts have rolled forward with successive franchise awards. Some franchisees bit the bullet and bought out the archaic contracts, others didn’t for a variety of reasons, which is part of why we are, where we are. Whatever your view, it’s a shabby way to treat customers.

Since 1897, The Railway Magazine has always provided interesting and informative updates on all the new train developments including networks, technology advancements, worldwide news, and engines in production. In every issue, you can look forward to modern and relevant news on relatable issues such as strikes, derailments, passenger service and facility upgrades that are happening across the nation.

More of a history buff? Don't worry we’ve got you covered! The Railway Magazine contains a plethora of articles on all kinds of classic, vintage, and heritage trains. All of these articles feature stunning photography of the marvellous engines, plus fan-submitted pictures and letters from different points in history.

With a team of writers and editors as passionate about the preservation and celebration of the railway, you’ll discover all there is to know about each unique steam train and its history. With a digital subscription to The Railway Magazine, you can also find the most current events happening across the country so you can view them in all their glory. 

Subscribe to The Railway Magazine today and enjoy all of these features and more from your preferred device:

  • The most up-to-date news on everything railway related
  • A list of railway events across the UK  
  • Stunning photography
  • Features of historical marvels and groundbreaking engineering through time
  • Award-winning and comprehensive news section
  • Relevant updates on strikes, crashes, facility changes and closures
  • Delivered directly to your device every month
  • A discount off the RRP of your magazine

You'll receive issues during a 1 year Railway Magazine magazine subscription.

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4 Customer Reviews
   Railway Magazine Reviewed 30 March 2020 SUBSCRIBER
Always been the best of all the magazines covering rail transport. Have been a reader for well over 60 years.
   Railway Magazine Reviewed 13 February 2020
A good general railway news magazine from heritage to modern traction allowing me to know what's going.
   VGood Railway Mag for all Reviewed 23 November 2018
VGood Railway Mag for all national, international, Metro, Heritage, History and Network Rail covered.
   Good railway magazine Reviewed 08 August 2017
A good railway mag especially if you are mainly into the steam and diesel era. If you are more into modern traction then I would go for one of the other railway mags but this is great for pictures and articles on all modes of rail.

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