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UK RAILWAY DATAFILE 2019

The UK Railway Datafile has been carefully checked and updated this year with every section worked on. Youll also find new Anglia Units, Manchester Metrolink and Class 93s in the 2019 edition!

Order yours at www.ukdatafile.com

 
GBRf 2018 - OUT OF THE ORDINARY

Four days, 2,000 miles, 18 locos, and numerous ground-breaking ‘firsts’ by several locomotive classes in locations many thought impossible. If anybody could do it, GB Railfreight could - this was quite simply the railtour of the year. This DVD is the inside story of the GBRf 2018 ‘Out of the Ordinary’ charity train and how it all happened. As well as featuring lineside footage of the train as it made its way around England, Scotland and South Wales, there are scenes from the driving cabs on the fourth and final day of the tour. Introduced by GBRf Managing Director John Smith, the programme also includes interviews with the key people that planned the ambitious itinerary that raised a staggering £145,000 for charity.

Full details and secure online ordering available at – http://www.locomaster.co.uk/out_of_the_ordinary.htm

 
LOCOMASTER PROFILES - TRACTION 2018 - Part 1

37407, 37521, 56090, 57501 & 47805 all return to the main line; former DB Cargo Class 66s re-enter traffic with GB Railfreight; DRS's 37716 on Peak Forest shunting duties; 50008 Thunderer on various infrastructure workings; 37608 rescuing a DB Cargo stone train at Clapham Junction; Northern Belle-liveried 57305 & 57312 on the Barrow-Sellafield flasks; 56103 on the Barrington spoil; 70814 on biomass trials with GBRf; DRS's 66304 rescuing a failed Freightliner on Beattock; 66763 hauling new sand hoppers on the Severn Valley Railway; DRS Class 37s and Colas Class 56s on winter snowplough duties; loco haulage on the Windermere branch; 70811 hauling the 'Scarborough Spa Express'; 33012 working over London Underground's Metropolitan Line; 20007 setting off 'bonnet first' from Wareham; 73118 shunting a rake of coal wagons at Barry...and the long-awaited return to traffic of 40012 Aureol at the East Lancs Railway!

Full details and secure online ordering available at -
http://www.locomaster.co.uk/traction_2018_pt1.htm

 
LOCOMASTER - MERSEY BOXES

Produced with the full co-operation of Network Rail, this latest Locomaster signalling DVD details the operation of the seven signal boxes between Halton Junction and Liverpool Lime Street. The boxes along 18-mile route are – HALTON JUNCTION, RUNCORN, DITTON, SPEKE JUNCTION, ALLERTON JUNCTION, EDGE HILL and LIVERPOOL LIME STREET.

The boxes are all vastly different and in this documentary you will see how each of them works. In addition to a high volume of passenger services, the route has six freight terminals dotted along it, and this programme features many of the signalling movements that are needed for Freightliner, DB Cargo and GB Railfreight trains to access them.

At Ditton and Speke Junction the Signallers explain the local layout and signalling operation. At Edge Hill and Lime Street, it is so busy that the Signaller provides a live running commentary as he sets and cancels the routes of the passing trains. At Lime Street, an axle counter failure at Huyton adds some drama to the non-stop action!

Lime Street - with its magnificent 95-lever Westinghouse power frame - has recently closed, as have Halton Junction and Runcorn. The rest will follow in due course. You can see them all in this 110-minute DVD which is available at £19.95 (post free) from....

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Or this website link to securely order - http://www.locomaster.co.uk/mersey_boxes.htm
 
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*NEW ICRS BOOKS - SUMMER 2018*

The new *2018 Summer Edition* of our renowned *UK Combine* is now available as is for the first time a *2018 Summer Edition* of the wire bound *Pocket Book* the first version of which proved extremely popular. Also released are the two Volumes of the *Ultimate Sighting Files* last released in 2013. All four books updated to the 11th July 2018. Other current books are 2018 UK Wagons, the original 2018 UK Pocket Book (with spine), 2018 UK Locomotives and UK Name Directory.

http://www.intercityrailwaysociety.org
 
Just published is the new Middleton Press Book 'Preston to Blackpool' (including Fleetwood) by John Matthews and Peter Fitton. This book looks in detail at the railways of the Fylde from the early days right up to the eve of electrification with over 120 photos picturing the great variety of traction, trains and lost signal boxes.

https://www.middletonpress.co.uk/books/railways/northern-lines/preston-to-blackpool.html

 
DATAFILE 2018

"Over the last few weeks major updates to the book are keeping the UK Railway Datafile as up to date as always! Major overhauls to some sections will bring you even more relevant content!
Free updates until next years edition too!

Grab your copy today at www.ukdatafile.com/shop

 
TRACTION 2017 - PART 2

The latest volume in the twice-yearly DVD review of the modern traction scene is out now. As subscribers to the WNXX website will know, the railway continues to produce many unexpected developments, along with some extraordinary workings & freight traffic changes. Featured in this action-packed 100-minute programme are - 56302 working fuel tanks to Fort William and Lairg; the last main line working of DCR's 31452; a GBRf intermodal service being rescued by two DRS Class 57s on an autumn 'leaf buster'; DB Class 66s rescue DCR's failed 56104 at Denham Golf Club; 20007 returns to the main line after 25 years; pairs of DCR Class 56s and ROG Class 47s on the Wembley-Foxton spoil trains; GBRf Class 66s working an EMT service to Skegness; 40145 and 56094 on the 'Scarborough Spa Express'; Pullman livery for two of DB Cargo's 67s; the Grand Central HST
farewell; 57604 on a GWR HST drag 50008 Thunderer on the Bishop Auckland branch; 56301 on the Ramsgate-Derby Class 375 EMU move; 33202 on the Isle of Wight....plus coverage of GWR's open day at Old Oak Common!

Full details and secure online ordering available at...
http://www.locomaster.co.uk/traction_2017_pt2.ht

 

BIG FREIGHT 18

Big Freight 18 is out now and includes: Class 88: A look at the new DRS Class 88 electro-diesels. Whatley and Merehead Quarries: Marking the 30th anniversary of the Class 59s with visits to the two main stone loading terminals of Whatley and
Merehead. Class 70: The second batch of Colas Rail Freight Class 70 locos entered service during 2017 and commenced work on a variety of new flows. The Barrow Avoider: A brief look at the short section of freight-only line avoiding Barrow-in-Furness station.

Plus: Semaphores and freight trains at Lostwithiel with a China Clay train and loco run-round, Boston and the steel train with the Class 09 move from the docks and 56302 on the West Highland line.

Full details here: http://www.videoscene.co.uk/big-freight-18.html
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drSSmdXCIRk

DIESEL HAULED PASSENGER TRAINS - THE STORY OF 2017

From the north of Scotland and Class 73s at Inverness, to Penzance with Class 57s working the Saturdays-only daytime train, there were many highlights of another comeback year. Starting with Class 37s in Cumbria and two diagrams continued to operate six days a week. As well as the long-standing Class 37 hauled diagram, Class 68s continued working short-sets in top and tail mode off Norwich for much of the year. Class 68s continued to work for Chiltern out of Marylebone. Footage
comes from Birmingham Moor Street and other lineside locations. In Scotland, the morning and evening peak Fife Circle commuter trains remained Class 68 hauled with a variety of different locos used plus 73s, 47s and 66s and 67s on the sleeper trains. In Wales the Class 67 hauled trains are featured.

An extended feature on the Great Western sleeper and daytime services with arrivals, departures and shunting at Penzance plus the daytime train - running for the final time - with 57603 filmed leaving Long Rock and then crossing the Royal Albert Bridge at Plymouth.

Full details here: http://www.videoscene.co.uk/diesel-hauled-passenger-trains-the-story-of-2017.html
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY0bHFb7Ra0

 

 

ICRS BOOKS 2018

Due for release at end of January or mid February 2018, and now available to pre-order, the new 2018 editions of our popular books - UK Combine, UK Wagons and UK Pocket Book, the latter to be released as a wire bound version which will be unique on the market. Also to be re-launched is UK Locomotives as an A6 wire bound pocket version (ideal for haulage). All books packed with even more info and all the latest known stock on order.

http://www.intercityrailwaysociety.org

 
BRITISH RAIL CLASS 60 LOCOMOTIVES

During the mid 1980s, in a drive for greater efficiency, British Rail
required another heavy freight locomotive. The new Class 60 locomotive was to be constructed using lessons learned from the Classes 56 and 58. Six organisations were invited to tender but only three did so. The contract was awarded to Brush Electrical Machines (today, Brush Traction, part of the Wabtec Rail Group) for a powerful 60mph Type 5 Co-Co design, which resulted in an order being placed for one hundred Class 60 diesel-electric
locomotives.

Using original research from the National Archives, British Rail Class 60 Locomotives is a high illustrated guide that explores the commissioning of the Class 60s and their construction, testing and running. It gives an in-depth technical appraisal of the class and details names, liveries, modifications and preservation and includes the 'Super 60' refurbishment and acquisition of ten Class 60s for Colas Rail UK, bringing the timeline to the present day.

http://www.crowood.com/details.asp?isbn=9781785001499

CLASS 504 EMU

The Manchester to Bury 'Lecky' Line and the Class 504 EMU's
A tribute to a unique railway

A new book published September 2017 by Simon Thomas and Andrew Coward. A tribute to the Manchester Victoria to Bury Line, and the Class 504 Electric Multiple Unit which operated rail services between June 1959 and August 1991 when they were all withdrawn from BR service. This book charts the history of the line, information about the signal boxes and stations and the introduction and history of the Class 504 Electric Multiple Unit up to the closure of the line when it was converted as part of the Manchester Metrolink system. Also has information on the preservation of what is now the last Class 504 Electric Multiple Unit being restored at the East Lancashire Railway in Bury.

Cost £18.50 p&p free

Full details on the Class 504 Preservation Society Website: http://www.class504preservationsociety.co.uk/sales/

All profits from the sale of the book go towards the restoration of the last remaining 504 unit.

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