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 2020 magazine, “Avanti Driver” continues his article covering the early days of lockdown. Martin Robertson covers ECML, MML, GE Main Line, Trans Pennine North Wales and Scotrail in his “Fastest Times” article. Ian Umpleby describes journeys on the recently introduced Class 195s between York and Leeds. We look at LNER IETs running on emergency diesel power, and between Leeds and Harrogate with Class 801/802s in tandem, and new TPE traction on both the East Coast and West Coast main lines 

David Ashley covers his loco-hauled (and HST) travels in the Midlands in the latter half of the 20th Century

Michael Rowe describes the operations on the Stranraer-Castle Douglas section of the GSWR throughout its life. Frank Price describes steam runs to and from Carlisle following lockdown.

Martin Robertson describes his journey from Berlin to Rostock, Don Benn covers the 003 Pacifics from Friedrichshafen in 1971 and Bill Long explains the Main-Spesshart route in Germany. Malcolm Simister describes a steam run on Victorian Railways (Australia) in 1953  

In the July 2020 edition Bill Hemstock looks at the stopping trains on the GW Main line between Reading and Paddington. Avanti Driver explains how Avanti are coping with the consequences of Covid-19 in running trains in the early stages of the pandemic. Martin Robertson covers the ECML, MML, GWML, TPE, GEML, C2C, Scotrail and the Ffestiniog Railway in his Fastest Times article. Nigel Smedley completes his review of HSTs on the MML covering the section from Leicester to Derby.  

Alan Varley looks at rare run of a Class 40 on the MML, Michael Bruce recalls the use of Deltics as substitutes for HSTs and Sean Emmett examines sections of a Class 20 rail-tour. 

Swedebasher describes the two routes from London to Birmingham in the days of steam. 

David Andrews examines a dubious log of a journey in 1893 on the Empire State Express from Buffalo to New York. Martin Robinson describes his journey from Oslo to Bergen, and in the absence of current running, Alan Varley examines some SNCF runs from the archives. 

In the absence of topical material, we look at some strange running on a video of the first day of the “superfast” service from Temple Meads to Paddington, and John Rishton describes a “walking log” on the Severn Valley Railway from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.

  In the April 2020 magazine, Martin Robertson covers runs on HS1, ECML, WCML, GW Main Line, XC, the GE main line, Hull Trains, the Aberdeen main line, Highland main line and suburban lines with Scotrail.

Nigel Smedley provides an in-depth survey of HSTs returning to the Sheffield on the Midland Main Line following the May 2018 timetable change. 

Andrew James provides an article covering the southern end of the Great Central main line in the years prior to closure. Bill Long covers the Neubaustrecke III route between Wurzburg and Kassel 

In the News section, Noel Proudlock describes his first and last journeys on HSTs on the East Coast main line. Richard Neville Carle recounts a journey to Somerset prior to “lockdown”. David Ashley provides an exceptional HST run from Bristol to Taunton. David Stannard reviews recent Hitachi bi-mode performance. Ian Umpleby provides detail of a run from Pitlochry to Inverness and back on the Highland Chieftain and also looks at TPEs Hitachi bi-modes running on diesel between Morpeth and Edinburgh and return.



In his Fastest Times article, Martin Robertson covers HS1, ECML, WCML, MML, TPE, and Scotrail runs on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line and on routes into Inverness. Ian Umpleby introduces us to Class 331s in Yorkshire and TPE’s Nova 3s on the Scarborough route.

Noel Proudlock continues his series of articles on the Yorkshire Steam Circular and Scarborough Spa Express and similarly Bevan Price covers the Lancashire line from Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Exchange in the days of steam. Conrad Natzio recalls a round trip early in 1957 from London via Rugby and Leicester.

Alan Varley covers the introduction of bi-modes to Calais, Ian Umpleby describes journeys from Coleraine to Londonderry/Derry and Mike Burrow recalls a journey in the Canadian outback from Jasper to Prince Rupert.

In the news supplement, Ian Umpleby follows the introduction of the Class 195s to the Calder Valley route and we also look at Sean Emmett’s logs on loco hauled trains on the Rhymney line. David Stannard explains recent changes on the Crewe-Manchester route. In the IET Quarterly section we look at activity on the B&H and Cotswolds lines in the summer, and look at recent activity on the main line following the introduction of the enhanced December timetable. Ian Umpleby follows the introduction of IETs on Trans Pennine, Hull Trains and LNER in the north and towards Aberdeen. Nigel Smedley wonders whether the Raildar train analysis will make train timers redundant, and David Ashley suggests how the quality of the data can be improved. 



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 1950s 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 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 1970s 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..


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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