The real-life railway system is currently undergoing a massive upgrade which is seeing hundreds of new trains entering service, ushering in a new era for travellers and enthusiasts. EVAN GREEN-HUGHES looks at what is on offer and at future modelling possibilities.
WE ARE ALL USED to hearing about the radical changes brought to the railways by the introduction of standard class steam engines, or by dieselisation in the 1955 Modernisation Plan. We are also all aware of the revolution in travel of the 1980s which saw the widespread introduction of Pacer and Sprinter units, and the subsequent withdrawal of many locomotive-hauled trains. However, another revolution is currently under way bringing with it the wholesale introduction of fleets of new trains and once again the disappearance of many old favourites.