March 2024


Grab the brand-new March 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 March issue:

How they fell – the rundown of the Class 50s

The withdrawals of the Class 50 fleet began in early 1987 and it took just over seven years before the final locomotives were withdrawn by British Rail in March 1994. Author and Class 50 historian Ian Horner takes a look at the rundown period for the fleet.

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Mr Fifty

Andy Coward visits Laira depot in Plymouth to meet former area fleet manager Geoff Hudson, the man who played an instrumental role in the final years of Class 50 operations on BR, providing many memorable highlights for followers.

Class 50s for scrap

The disposals of the Class 50s that didn’t survive into preservation spanned a period of just over two decades. We take a look at those Class 50s which are no longer with us, accompanied by some atmospheric scrapyard photography provided by Richard Lillie.

Founding the Fund

Within three years of being officially formed, the Fifty Fund was responsible for three preserved Class 50s. Co-founder Jonathan Dunster discusses the early years of Class 50 preservation and the efforts made to continue the story for future generations.

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