Jane's Railway Year Second Issue by Murray Brown Hard Cover 1983 British Rail
Jane's Railway Year Second Issue by Murray Brown Hard Cover 1983 British Rail
Jane's Railway Year Second Issue by Murray Brown Hard Cover 1983 British Rail
Jane's Railway Year Second Issue by Murray Brown Hard Cover 1983 British Rail
Jane's Railway Year Second Issue by Murray Brown Hard Cover 1983 British Rail

Jane's Railway Year Second Issue by Murray Brown Hard Cover 1983 British Rail

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Jane's Railway Year Second Issue by Murray Brown Hard Cover 1983 British Rail
 
Janes Railway Year Second Issue by Murray Brown Hard Cover 1983 176 pages BRs new class 58 freight locomotive, Deltics preserved, Papal visit, Sir Lamiel steams again, more.
How shall we remember the 1982 railway year? Probably, for many followers of our fascinating railway system, the disastrous strikes will spring to many minds. Somewhat surprisingly, it is often the negative aspects which provide the news and 1982 saw several such events which included the disruptive January blizzards and the unbelievable and sad scenes which accompanied the final Deltic-hauled train which those people who were on the ECM 1, on that funereal day will never forget.
A significant event in 1982, but one which we cannot picture, was the Serpell inquiry commissioned by the Transport Minister in May. Completed in December but not immediately published, this report sought to identify the levels of financial support required to retain the BR system in its present or reduced form.
BRB Chairman, Sir Peter Parker, now in his final and sixth year at BR's helm, has, during his term in office, expertly and vividly highlighted to the public and to the government that present subsidies are insufficient to retain the existing infrastructure, let alone renew life expired track and stock. Despite well supported arguments that rolling stock and traction built for the Modernisation Scheme has passed its intended life span, successive governments continue to give a lukewarm response to BR's vital financial requirements, as witness the continued curtailment of realistic subsidies, the inordinate length of time to sanction electrification projects and, indeed, the commissioning of yet another financial investigation in the form as that conducted by Sir David Serpell. At the same time the railway industry's apparent inability to reach a meeting of minds on manning and productivity issues provided sceptical rulers with a ready made reason to draw back from major or long term financial commitments. The national media were not slow to comment on the failure due to train manning problems to implement the Midland Suburban Electrification, energised in the autumn at a cost of E I 53m.
Nevertheless, despite the tightening financial clamp, BR continued to offer many improvements and, without doubt, the recurring theme of 1982 was the provision of cascaded stock to offer better levels of comfort. Numerous dmu services were abolished in favour of Mk I hauled stock, Mk 2 vehicles were inaugurated on some routes and 'second hand' HSTs were drafted to serve new areas, notably on the Midland Main Line hut also to Cleethorpes, Perth and Glasgow. Not all was new use of old stock and 1982 saw the delivery of the first batches of the SR Class 455 units and the continued but slow delivery of the much acclaimed Mk 3 sleepers and their introduction on both the East and West Coast Main Lines. December 1982 heralded the unveiling of the BREL-built 3300 hp Class 58 locomotive, which BR has high hopes of becoming the standard heavy freight locomotive, with potential export orders.
The splendour of main line steam on BR continued unabated in 1982 thanks, predominantly, to the enthusiasm and business appreciation of former Passenger Marketing Mananger, LMR, David Ward, who was promoted at the end of 1982 to Inter-City Services Manager, BRB, but fortunately taking his 'BR Steam Liaison Officer' duties with him to his new position! Nos 777 Sir Lamiel and 34092 City of Wells were major attractions in 1982, being let loose to fine affect On the magnificent but doomed Settle & Carlisle line, which saw its prospects recede even further with the withdrawal of through services.
Once again, preservationists amazed the railway world with their achievements, especially against the backdrop of a recession. A pleasant aspect of preservation which continued its expansion in 1982 was that of catering on trains, with several private railways now setting exceptionally high standards with this delightful indulgence, an added bonus of which is that catering is a huge and indispensable money spinner for these concerns.
It is hoped that the following pages will offer much pleasure to readers and show just what varied and newsworthy events took place in the year.

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