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.

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In the October Fastest Times article, Martin Robertson covers the ECML, WCML, TPE, XC, Scotrail services (mini HST and Classes 170 and 385) and Eurostar. Jeremy Hartill describes his travels on a North East Rover ticket with a variety of rolling stock, and Ian Umpleby explains recent developments on Northern’s network between Leeds and Harrogate and Sheffield and Worksop. Swedebasher takes us back to the 1950’s and compares the early diesels with the steam locomotives that they were to replace. Sandy Smeaton describes outings with 45699 “Galatea” and other Jubilees’, and Conrad Natzio recalls outings with the “Baby Scots”. Derek Wilson remembers examples of slipping with preserved steam locomotives. Bill Long describes the route from Berlin to Leipzig over the last ten years. In the News supplement, Nigel Smedley looks in detail at the Liverpool St-Norwich route and examines the Norwich in 90 services. John Rishton describes his journey on the Finstock Flyer, and on the newly-introduced Class 331s to Northern. David Stannard recounts early appointments with the diverted Lowland Sleeper through Chelford. Baard Covington travelled on the newly-opened “third line” between Stratford and Meridian Water and with the newly-introduced Class 755 FLIRT units in East Anglia. Jeremy Hartill explains how the UK relates to other countries in respect of high speed (160kph) lines throughout the world. David Ashley describes recent developments on IETs, and Baard Covington provides a new post-2008 Fastest Time with an IET from Peterborough to York. Frank Price describes a fast run from Bristol to Taunton behind 6233 Duchess of Sutherland.

 

 

In the July magazine, Martin Robertson reports on new fastest times on the WCML, ECML. GWML, North Wales coast, XC, Chiltern and Trans-Pennine. He also reviews recent developments on the newly-electrified lines in Scotland’s central belt. Mike Burrow examines developments over the Stranraer-Ayr line over the last 50 years.

David Lloyd Roberts recalls his travels behind loco-hauled Class 33s in the 1970’s on the line between Waterloo and Exeter in Devon, and again with Class 159s in 2018. 

Michael Rowe has been looking through the RPS archives and found cross country “port to port” services recorded by AJ Wrottesly in 1933 and Gerald Aston in 1954. The routes from Swansea to Cheltenham, Banbury, Nottingham, Sheffield and York, and Swansea to Llandovery, Shrewsbury, Crewe, Stockport and Leeds. We also look at trains through Lansdown Junction, Cheltenham on summer Saturday in 1959. Andrew James examines some test runs behind 46441 from Sheffield to Derby. 

Sean Emmett recalls his travels in India in 2011, and Alan Varley describes punctuality on the LGV Atlantique in France. 

In the News section, Bill Long describes the replica 2-4-2 tank being used on the Welsh Highland Railway between Beddgelert and Rhyd Ddu. Noel Proudlock explains the use of timetable allowances on the Eastern Region. David Ashley tries to find the shortest distances to achieve a 60mph average speed., and to consider whether these are likely to be improved with new, faster rolling stock. This seems unlikely, as any benefits of faster acceleration seem to be countered by more cautious braking. John Rishton has his first encounter with the refurbished District line D78 stock between Bletchley and Bedford. Bevan Price describes journeys over the re-opened Halton Curve, and David Ashley describes initial “Norwich in 90” trips. We describe recent GW record attempts, and Jeremy Hartill gives his annual report of services over 100mph in the UK. We look again at recent IET developments, including their introduction on the ECML, the possible enhanced GW timetable in December, and the possible upgrading of Class 800 to 802 levels of power..

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In the April magazine, Martin Robertson covers the WCML, ECML, Trans Pennine, Cross Country and Scotrail services in his article on Fastest Times. Paul Walker describes his travels on the ECML which he covered on two “All Line Railrovers” in 2018. Bill Hemstock describes peak operations on the Underground, and Richard Neville Carle travels around London on modern stock. Nigel Smedley explains the operation of EMT trains during the Derby closure and the diversions via the Erewash Valley line in 2018. 

“Swedebasher” describes the multiple duties of the V2 station pilots from the 1940s and 1950s

 Bill Long describes the Austria’s new Westbahn railway. 

Our correspondence columns cover a considerable number of topics, including the power of steam, the achievement of average speeds of 60mph by steam and 100mph by modern stock. Paul Jeffries expands on his experience of modern travel in Canada. 

In the News section we cover recent rail-tours by Classes 47, 67 and 68, and Flying Scotsman and Tornado. Baard Covington describes the introduction into service of the Class 717s on the Great Northern lines.

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In the January 2019 edition (Milepost 39¾) Martin Robertson covers both the East and West Coast main lines, Southern services to the south coast, the Edinburgh-Aberdeen route, the Festiniog railway and the Madrid-Alicante route in Spain. We look at recent developments around the introduction of the IETs, including the electrical services from Didcot to Swindon, and onwards to Bristol Parkway. Bill Hemstock compares IETs on the Berks and Hants line with Class 165s, and Frank Collins looks at their introduction in Cornwall (and also the 2+4 HSTs)

Derek Wilson recalls his travels behind Class 20s on rail tours from the 1980s onwards.

Andrew James recalls services around Market Harborough in steam days. 

Alan Varley describes the cross-country services in France, from Lyon to Montpellier and Toulouse, and from Nevers to Bourges and St Pierre des Corps Peter Smith remembers his travels in North America between New York and Toronto and from Toronto and Vancouver. 

There is considerable correspondence covering a number of steam topics that have appeared in recent magazines. 

An unusual run behind an XC HST from Bristol to Birmingham is described by David Adams, and David Ashley reviews the recently-introduced Virgin services from Blackpool to Euston. 

There are also two supplements covering our Mass Timing Days in July 2018 from Reading to Bristol and Cardiff

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