Railway Performance Society Magazine - Milepost

Milepost Magazine

'Milepost' is the quarterly magazine of The Railway Performance Society, issued in January, April, July and October every year.

It is published in A5 format and usually runs to 72 pages of news and articles. See below for the contents of our last three issues.

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Browse below to see a summary of articles published in the last few editions of Milepost.



In the January 2018 magazine, Martin Robertson reviews recent action on the WCML, ECML, Chiltern, Cross Country, TPE, and the Pinhoe-Honiton and Glasgow-Larbert routres, together with HST activity on the Cornish main line.

Derek Wilson recalls travel problems mainly on rail-tours in the diesel era.

Michael Rowe examines in detail Gerald Aston’s travels in South Wales, particularly during a tour just prior to nationalisation, in 1947.

Michael Burrow reviews a trip in Australia, and Frank Collins describes trips from Milan and Napoli to Rome. Alan Varley examines recent extensions to the TGV Atlantique branches.

Martin Robertson examines one of the first electrically operated services between Waverley and Queen Street, and Andrew James compares the steam to diesel transition on the ECML in the early 1960s. “Swede-basher” wonders whether the GWR “Castles” were over-rated, by comparing their operation with performance on other lines. We celebrate the 500,000th log on the RPDF data-base.

In the IET supplement we consider first impressions of the introduction of the Class 800s on the GW main line, and the Mass Timing Day supplement looks in detail at operations on the WCML between Preston and Carlisle, together with extensions to Wigan and Lockerbie in June 2017.


In the October magazine, Martin Robertson covers WCML, ECML, TPE, Northern, XC, Chiltern and Southern services. John Rishton remembers his commuting on MML with HSTs in 2003.

Noel Proudlock documents steam journeys between York and Scarborough and Charles Foss describes the route from Liverpool Exchange to Preston by steam.

Malcolm Simister explains the recently-completed Victoria’s Regional Rail Link in Australia, and Bill Long describes the Nurnberg-Ingolstadt High Speed Line,

John Heaton provides further analysis of the controversial 110mph claim during the final year of steam on the Southern Region, together with further recollections from David Lloyd-Roberts, John Sparkes and Don Benn. Frank Price describes the celebrations of the anniversary 50 years later.

Jeremy Hartill describes his experiences of Class 508s between Chester and Liverpool, and David Stannard examines performance on the Crewe-Manchester line. David Ashley reports on the introduction of Class 707 emus on SWT and SWR, and describes some journeys between Preston and Windermere in the 1950s. John Rishton compares the acceleration of Class 90, 91 221 and HSTs between Doncaster and Leeds, and Ian Umpleby discovers the recent improvements on the Shrewsbury-Gobowen line. Alan Sprod describes the recent completion of the Lahti cut-off in Finland.

In the July magazine, Martin Robertson covers East Coast main line, Chiltern, Brighton, Great Western, Cross Country and Eurostar in his Fastest Times article. David Ashley covers multiple journeys between Euston and Coventry on Classes 221 and 390. 

Derek Wilson recalls farewell journeys between Bourne End and High Wycombe, and on a class 84 on WCML, a Class 309 on its old stamping ground (GE and WCML lines), and a Class 56 on a rail-tour in Yorkshire 

Michael Rowe pays tribute to member and recorder Michael Hedges, who passed away recently, and with logs covering LSWR, GW and north Wales routes in the steam and diesel era.

In his regular article, Alan Varley looks at routes from Paris Est, David Adams recalls his journeys in Switzerland in 2015 and 2016 and Alan Sprod examines 200kph routes in Sweden. 

John Irving reviews the experience of his wife on a train from Newcastle to Kings Cross when the Class 91 had failed and was replaced with a Class 67. Andrew James covers a journey on the Cumbrian Mountain Express behind a Class 47, following the failure of the booked Class 86. David Ashley and Noel Proudlock provide more information relating to the performance of Rocket in the Rainhill Trials. Following Jeremy Hartill’s presentation after the RPS AGM, Reinhard Doute explains the restraints upon high speed running in France. David Ashley examines the extension of GW electrification to Maidenhead and the introduction of the Class 345 east of London.  

In the April magazine, Martin Robertson looks at recent performance on the WCML, ECML, MML, XC, Chiltern, Heathrow Express and ATW.  Andrew James examines EMU activities on the ECML. Jeremy Hartill reviews DMUs in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, and Martin Robertson looks at the route from Larbert to Stirling with various forms of traction. 

Andrew James appreciates Class 31s on the ECML, including comparisons with an A3 and B1  steam locomotive. Bill Hemstock examines spectacular braking with a Class 165 approaching Paddington. 

Noel Proudlock considers Yorkshire Steam between Leeds and Harrogate/York on the Steam Circular and Scarborough Spa Express behind numerous classes of steam locomotive. David Lloyd-Roberts recalls the final sections of the Birkenhead-Margate services behind Class Ns and Schools class locomotives. 

Mike Burrow describes journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer in Canada and Malcolm Simister explains a journey on the newly-opened line from Madrid to Segovia.  Bill Long  looks at activities on the Thuringian main line in Germany.  

Noel Proudlock produces a log of the SVR journey televised over Christmas, and also reviews the timetabled steam services over the S&C line in February.  Martin Robertson describes a driver’s efforts to regain time on the ECML in spite of being affected by numerous delays en-route. Jeremy Hartill reviews trains timed to exceed 100mph and Ian Umpleby examines the recently-introduced TPE non-stop services from York to Durham. David Ashley reconstructs logs with Rocket produced at  the time of the Rainhill trials.  

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