February 2024


Grab the brand-new February issue of Railways Illustrated magazine for the best coverage of today’s railway scene.

Railways Illustrated reflects the energy and vitality of the present-day railway scene. Here’s what’s in the February issue:

New life for old locomotives

In July 2023, work began on the extraction of the 16 stored Freightliner Class 86/6 electric locomotives from Crewe Basford Hall in preparation for a new life in Bulgaria. Anthony Sayer provides the story behind this fascinating project, which will see some of these British-built veterans reactivated for further use in Eastern Europe.

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The colourful Class 60s

In the second part of his photographic study of the various colour schemes carried by the popular Class 60s, Ian Edmondson brings the story up to date, featuring surviving locomotives from the fleet that have seen service in more recent times with DB cargo, Colas Rail Freight, DC Rail and GB Railfreight.

Putting the ‘care’ into traincare

Cranmore Traincare & Maintenance Services was established almost three decades ago and has gained a reputation for the high standards of work carried out on the various carriage and locomotive restoration projects the company tackles. Andy Coward went to meet CTMS production manager Nigel Dyson to find out more.

10 Pictures: John Hurst

This month we took a look at the selection of London-based Lancastrian John Hurst, who has been taking railway photographs since the early 1980s. John’s passion for photography is about documenting the everyday railway scene, while trying to create a story by capturing the train within a landscape.

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And there’s lots more to read in the February edition. It’s available to order here, or you can subscribe and receive every issue, every month with one of our latest deals.

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