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  • Tracks the monthly magazine of the

    Inter City Railway Society websites: icrs.org.uk & icrs.fotopic.net

    with the 12th century Newcastle Castle dominating the background NatExEC 43299 arrives into Newcastle with a southbound Aberdeen – London King’s Cross service

    21 August 2009

    VOLUME 37 No.9 September 2009

  • Inter City Railway Society founded 1973

    The content of the magazine is the copyright of the Society

    No part of this magazine may be reproduced without prior permission of the copyright holder President: Simon Mutten (01603 715701) Coppercoin, 12 Blofield Corner Rd, Blofield, Norwich, Norfolk NR13 4RT Chairman: vacant Secretary: Gary Mutten - secretary@icrs.org.uk (01935 600445) 1 Corner Cottage, Silfield St. Silfield, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 9NS Treasurer: Gary Mutten - treasurer@icrs.org.uk details as above Membership Secretary: Trevor Roots - membership@icrs.org.uk (01466 760724) Mill of Botary, Cairnie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB54 4UD Editorial Manager: Trevor Roots - editor@icrs.org.uk details as above Website Manager: Mark Richards - website.manager@icrs.org.uk (01908 520028) 7 Parkside, Furzton, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK4 1BX Editorial Team: Sightings: James Holloway - sightings@icrs.org.uk (0121 744 2351) 246 Longmore Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3ES News: John Barton - traffic.news@icrs.org.uk (0121 770 2205) 46, Arbor Way, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham B37 7LD Wagons & Trams: Martin Hall - wagon.corner@icrs.org.uk (0115 930 2775) 5 Sunninghill Close, West Hallam, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 6LS All Our Yesterdays: Alan Gilmour - alangilmour@Tesco.net 24 Norfolk Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 2HJ Europe (website): Robert Brown - european@icrs.org.uk (01909 591504) 32 Spitalfields, Blyth, Worksop, Notts. S81 8EA Magazine Distribution: Peter Britcliffe - p.britcliffe10@hotmail.com (01429 234180) 9 Voltigeur Drive, Hartlepool TS27 3BS Publications Team: UK Comb / Pocket Book: Carl Watson - ukbooks@icrs.org.uk 14, Partridge Gardens, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 9XG UK Wagon Comb: Scott Yeates - wagon.compiler@icrs.org.uk Paul Eveleigh (contact via Scott) Preserved / Trams / Europe: Martin Hall - preserved@icrs.org.uk details as above Website Assistant: vacant Contents: Officials Contact List.........................................2 Society Notice Board .....................................3-4 Publications ....................................................28 Publication Reviews ......................................5-6 Current News / Sightings: Gloucestershire Sightings ..........................19 Stirlingshire Sightings ...........................20-21 Light Rail and Metro News.........................27 Open Days News .........................................4 Out and About Sightings .......................13-15 Stock Changes / Liveries ...........................27 Traffic and Traction News .........................7-8

    Wagon Corner ........................................... 26 Feature Articles: All Our Yesterdays..................................... 10 Days Out...............................................22-23 Location ‘Spot’Light Update....................... 21 Memoirs of a Railman................................ 21 Open Day Report..................................11-12 Preservation News................................17-18 Rail Enthusiasts Guidelines ......................... 8 Railway Globetrotters ...........................24-25 Ramblings of a Rail Enthusiast...............9-10

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  • Society Notice Board Editor’s Comments: Well electrification is making the headlines again since being badly stalled by the privatisation process. Clearly many will see this as helping towards climate change carbon omission reduction targets, improving the green credentials of rail transport and reducing direct dependence on oil. Whatever the ideals, politicians are now largely supporting and facilitating the process, so hopefully Network Rail will grab the chance while the door is open. Unfortunately simply electrifying London – Swansea, which might see those services operated by new electric traction, will not solve the wider long distance services into the West Country, which will still need diesel traction. So as demonstrated by the front cover photo, unless a whole route and all major feeder arteries are included, the current East Coast experience of long distance HSTs under the wires will still apply to a newly partly electrified Great Western Mainline. However electrifying smaller heavily used commuter routes into major cities is probably going to reap bigger benefits, as with the London - Newbury and Oxford sections also announced. The Manchester – Liverpool scheme will also have the benefit of removing Cl.185 diesels from under the wires on the northern section of the WCML, allowing them to cascade to other more suitable routes. Talking of the north, what has not grabbed the national headlines is the ongoing electrification of all lines between Edinburgh – Glasgow by 2016. This will allow the many Cl.156/158 & 170s to be cascaded elsewhere in Scotland and south of the border negating the need for ordering new DMUs. So if you want those elusive Scottish units…just wait a few years !! Transport for Scotland also plans to electrify all central Scotland lines and other major routes up to Inverness and Aberdeen. The latter may well help an overall ECML strategy in the future. Certainly the headline grabbing announcement and the quieter Scottish revolution will have a major effect on rolling stock procurement over coming years. Just to complete the electrification news, the 750V East London Line is again being progressively re- energised after a couple of decades and following the recent successful introduction of Cl.395s, new Cl.378s have been released into service on the North London Line. Plus Stobart Rail has agreed terms with DB Schenker to take over it’s operations from DRS. This will see Cl.92s replacing Cl.66s between the Midlands and Scotland. Perhaps it is now the age of the train…electric that is, perhaps we should stop selling Cl.87s to Bulgaria!! To redress the balance for those who prefer diesel heavy metal, the first two Freightliner ‘PowerHaul’ Cl.70 locos, are under test and due to arrive via Newport Docks in November. Great to see new locos and I hate to pass judgement until seen in the flesh, but they aint gonna win any beauty contests. With my Membership hat on can I please remind all members to promptly return their renewal forms once first received with their copy of Tracks. You will see if there is a form in the envelope from the top left-hand corner of the address label. The nature of our membership allows membership to start from the month of joining, but that means membership renewals occur every month and is therefore an ongoing task. Without wanting to ‘nag’ or be unappreciative of your continued support, having to repeatedly send further renewal forms is time consuming and wasteful, both of which I’m sure to wish to avoid imposing on the small band of hard working volunteers and our limited finances. Can I also please ask that you include your Christian name both in renewing and when submitting sightings and articles, it’s so much friendlier and less impersonal. Obituary: It is with great sadness that I learnt literally as I was about to send this issue to the printers, that John Palin has died suddenly. It was only last month that he finished his long running Lincolnshire Sightings series after taking early retirement recently, after which I spoke to him to thank him and wish him well. He was looking forward to catching up on his hobby and love of traction engines in particular, so it seems all the more shocking. The Societies heartfelt condolences go out to his widow and family. ICRS Website: PayPal: This is a reminder to existing members that you can now renew your ICRS membership quickly and easily online via the website using our new PayPal facility as many of you are. In a few clicks you can be signed up for another year, or take advantage of the 5-year subscription, saving £5 on annual fee, or take a joint membership with GB Bus Group, saving £3 on the normal combined annual membership subscription rate. Select ‘Join ICRS’ from the left-hand menu on the homepage at icrs.org.uk

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  • We have our own Yahoo Group, established in March 2004, open to members and non-members alike to post sightings and observations, share comments and debate about the current railway scene. Web address is: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/intercityrailwaysociety/ Please note also that more contributions from members would be appreciated, especially photos for the Fotopic site or news items. Event and exhibition details are always welcome as are details of railtours. Please email Mark Richards at (website.manager@icrs.org.uk) Membership Matters: Membership Rates: Annual: £16.00 Five year rate: £75.00 (saving £5.00) Joint: (with GBBG saving £3.00): £26.00 New Members: (* joint members with GBBG) The following new members joined recently but were not recorded (Jun & Jul shown twice…oops !!): Mark Carlile (York), Mark Hebden (Stockport), D. L. Keates (Barnetby), Terry Leggett (Norwich), Ian McAlpine (Peterborough), Peter Moor*e (West Bromwich), Alan Ross (Witney), J.W. Swan (Twyford), Kiyoyuki Tchizawa (Japan), P.D.Tough (Swindon), David Townsend (Doncaster), Richard Ware