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 October magazine David Ashley reviews recent developments with the IETs on the GW main line, and Sean Emmett covers their introduction into the south west (as a supplement).Virgin Driver describes Voyager driving techniques on the north Wales main line to Bangor. Martin Robertson covers WCML, GW, TPE and Scotrail in his Fastest Times article. Frank Collins covers recent developments with electric traction between Glasgow and Edinburgh and between Preston and Blackpool. David Adams describes driving techniques following the introduction of EMUs on services to Bromsgrove and on the Lickey Incline. John Rishton covers an XC service with an unusual stopping pattern from Exeter to Bristol.  

Swedebasher describes experimentation with gas turbine locomotives in the 1950s and compares subsequent performance with Class 52 diesel hydraulics. Noel Proudlock recalls his journeys to work behind Class 31/4s in the 1980s.  

Following the publication of the "final years of BR steam"ť supplement in July, members recall their final journeys: Frank Price describes the Belfast Boat Express in 1968, Sandy Smeaton on the WCML north of Carlisle and Derek Wilson on the ECML in 1962/63.Frank Price commemorates the 50th anniversary by travelling behind Galatea over the S&C line. Sean Emmett covers Clan Line's exploits in the south west this summer  

David Lloyd-Roberts describes his German journeys in 2017



In the July 2018 edition, Martin Robertson reviews recent fast runs on the WCML, XC services on the ECML, Class 185 from Leeds to Huddersfield, Class 158 on the West Coastway line, Class 175 on the North and West route, Eurostar to St Pancras, and Scotrail in the central belt and the Highland Line.

Virgin Driver explains in detail the driving techniques for Class 390s on the WCML. Frank Collins describes his travels early in 2007, and it's interesting to compare what has changed over the intervening years. 

Derek Wilson describes his travels on excursions and charters in the 1980s and covers the Cambrian line, the Redmire branch, the WCML and his travels in Ireland and on the KWVR.

Michael Rowe covers steam operations in the south west on lines long since closed. This covers the MSWJ, the Salisbury and Dorset Junction Railway, the Taunton to Barnstaple line, the LSWR route from Plymouth to Okehampton, services in north Cornwall and trains out of Ilfracombe. 

Overseas, Alan Varley covers the routes from Paris to Bordeaux and Mulhouse to Troyes and Strasbourg. Ian Umpleby continues his travels in Switzerland, this time in summer. 

Following earlier correspondence, David Maidment describes his notable 200,000 miles of steam travel between 1951 and 1968

We look at the use of WCRs diesel locomotives on the Windermere branch in June. Paul Jeffries describes a trip in Canada where trains running 30 hours late is commonplace. We look again at recent developments with the GWR IETs, and describe the initial problems with the introduction of the Thameslink timetable. We finish with some recent steam runs from Sean Emmett in the south-west. 

In the "End of British Steam"ť supplement we look, on a regional basis, the final two years of British steam with over 230 logs and cover:

 The Fifteen Guinea Special

Eastern Regions: ECML with A1, A3, A4s and visitors 

London Midland Region: WCML with Royal Scots, Black 5, Duchesses Britannias and visitors, and on the Cumbrian lines 

Midland Main line with Royal Scots and Britannias 

Scottish Region between Buchanan St and Aberdeen via Forfar 

Western Region on main lines and the Cotswolds line with Castles, Kings, Granges, Counties, Halls and visitors 

Settle & Carlisle and Yorkshire We cover a number of lines with various classes of locomotives.

 In the April magazine, Martin Robertson covers the West of England and SWR main lines, the Chiltern route, GWR, EMT, HS1, Scotrail, XC and Virgin West Coast. David Ashley lists recent Fastest Times with the Class 800s and shows how they are settling in.

Derek Wilson describes his experiences behind Class 37s 

David Pawson explains how powerful UK steam locomotives are and finds out what can be done to improve them. 

Ian Umpleby recalls his time spent in Switzerland in the winter of 2016 

Martin Robertson describes his travels on the ECML in 2017 and Nigel Smedley recalls a near-perfect HST run on the MML. John Rishton shows recent speed increases on the Calder Valley route and David Ashley recalls his search for 110mph with Class 387s.

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.

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