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 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.  

In the January 2017 magazine, Frank Collins recalls his travels on Class 350s in northern England in advance of the Mass Timing Days. Ian Umpleby explains the diversion of XC trains via Barnsley during the May 2016 bank holiday. Martin Roberson covers the ECML, WCML, Glasgow-Perth, TPE, Cheltenham-Birmingham and the Festiniog Railway in his Fastest Times series  

Peter Absolon recalls a journey from Canterbury via Liverpool Street to Cambridge in 1966, involving two reversals with Class 31s. Derek Wilson explains three journeys on the southbound Flying Scotsman in the 1960s. Noel Proudlock describes journeys from York to Leeds and Scarborough behind Classes 33, 37 and 47. Bill Hemstock recalls his journeys behind and HST and Class 45 from the East Midlands to St. Pancras.

David Lloyd-Roberts describes his travels on a Sussex day rover ticket in 1961. Martin Robertson explains his journeys behind steam on the Borders line. Sandy Smeaton compares journeys from Carlisle to Glasgow in 1939 (Patriot and Royal Scot), Perth-Glasgow in 1965 (73149), and Carlisle-Edinburgh in 2014 (46115)

Malcolm Simister describes a journey from Adelaide to Melbourne, and Alan Varley covers services to Strasbourg

John Rishton describes journeys on Cross country services diverted via Worcester owing to the closure of the main line at Bromsgrove. He also covers a diverted service from Warrington to Rugby, and David Ashley analyses the effects of Storm Angus in the south-west of England. He also samples the new service from Marylebone through to Oxford.

 

 

In the October 2016 magazine, the Fastest Times article covers the West Coast and East Coast Main Lines, Cross Country, Trans Pennine, Chiltern, Great Western and Anglia main lines. Ian Umpleby covers a journey from Manchester to Newport on a Class 153 dmu. Bevan Price reviews services to St. Helens from the days of steam through to the recent introduction of Class 319s on the newly electrified routes 

Michael Rowe commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Somerset and Dorset closure by reviewing services from 1915 until closure. 

Derek Wilson recalls his travels on the Biarritz Express behind steam in 2006. John Heaton describes his journeys in Holland and Belgium, and Malcolm Simister explains his journey on the route from Perth to Mandurah in Australia. 

Martin Robertson explores the Glasgow suburbs on the diversionary route from Glasgow to Stirling. Sandy Smeaton describes the exploits of Class 37 37025 on the Highland Main Line, and Alan Varley achieves his ambition of recording a 280kph average speed between Champagne and Lorraine on the TGV, and David Ashley describes the introduction of electric traction by GWR to the west of London. 

The HST supplement celebrates the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the HSTs and compares current running with the performance of the trains when first introduced, and plots the changes through the years on the GW main lines, the East Coast and Cross Country services.

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