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Modern Railways November 2020 issue: video podcast

Our 'Pan Up' correspondent Ian Walmsley returns to host our latest video podcast talking about the contents of the November 2020 issue of the magazine. The video includes contributions from Editor Philip Sherratt and Industry and Technology Editor Roger Ford.

Journeys slump to 19th century levels

Passenger usage of the rail network between April and June fell to levels last seen in the mid-19th century, according to data from the Office of Rail and Road.

Stadler takes over Metro maintenance

Stadler took over maintenance of the Tyne and Wear Metro fleet from Nexus on 4 October as part of a 35-year servicing and maintenance contract which will in future cover the new fleet the manufacturer will build.

Five more ‘66s’ for GBRf

GB Railfreight is to introduce a further five Class 66s converted from locomotives in service in Germany.

HS2 awards slab track contract

HS2 Ltd has awarded a £260 million contract to supply a modular slab track system to a partnership which includes PORR UK Ltd and Aggregate Industries UK.

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Way back in the mists of time, when people still referred to Wales...

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Informed Sources: Six-monthly progress report

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New Train TIN-watch takes a longer-term view...

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Railtalk November 2020: No star to guide

Railtalk In the age of coronavirus, charts are all the...

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A pioneering online initiative aims to improve mental and physical health...

Trackwatch November 2020

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A digest of the main changes on Network Rail, London Underground...

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Informed Sources: Constraints needed for accident investigation closures

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VIVARAIL LEADS THE BATTERY CHARGE

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Battery technology could allow existing DMUs to go emission-free...

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