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TRACTION issue 248


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TRACTION issue 248, the November/December issue is published on 5th October


Over the last few months the problems of the railways, especially timetabling issues, have hardly been out of the headlines and haven’t made easy reading for enthusiasts. Hopefully, 2019 will see a resolution of these difficulties but, in the meantime, let us indulge in a little nostalgia by heading back in time.


Richard Butler returns us to 1982 when he travelled on two Class 40 hauled railtours and also experienced the special loco hauled trains run to York for the visit of Pope John Paul II.


The changeover from steam to diesel haulage was an intriguing time and Andrew James analyses some runs on the London Midland Region to see whether diesels really did improve things.


David Ratcliffe continues his series of articles about those fascinating industrial locomotives that used to be so common. This time it’s the turn of the smaller Hunslet locomotives.


Metrovick’s Stockton-on-Tees factory produced the infamous Co-Bos but, as Graeme Pickering reveals, much more successful locomotives types were exported around the world.


Colin Boocock returns with the second part of his article about the BR Mark 1 coaches with the emphasis this time being on the multiple units and the later years of the loco hauled coaches.


Class 40 fans have another treat in this issue with Steve Woodhouse describing his visits to Manchester Victoria to see the class in action in their declining years.


Gavin Morrison’s photo feature about Salisbury will take readers back to the days of numerous loco hauled services at this Wessex crossroad.


The operating problems of the leaf fall season are recalled by David Flatman when he was responsible of the Class 37s working out of Stratford Traction Maintenance Depot during the sandite season


In TRACTION MODELLING a superb Scottish layout, Kinmundy, is the featured layout whilst Will Thompson returns with an article about detailing a Hornby Class 60.

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