Railways Illustrated

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Railways Illustrated
CategoriesRail transport
PublisherKey Publishing
First issue2003; 16 years ago (2003)
CountryUnited Kingdom

Railways Illustrated is a British monthly railway magazine that is published by Key Publishing. Inside there is detail of news, stock changes, tours, and more, it is aimed at railway enthusiasts.

The magazine was launched in 2003, replacing Railway World, another Ian Allan magazine which had recently ceased publication. In February 2012, all Ian Allan transport magazines were sold to Key Publishing of Stamford, Lincolnshire.[1]


When the circulation of Railway World decreased to an unviable level, the magazine's original publishers, Ian Allan, decided to replace the title entirely. A new name, a new look and a new editor; the new monthly publication was initially to be called Railways, but given the heavy photographic content of the new title, as well as the similarity of the name to other magazines, the brand of Railways Illustrated was decided on. The masthead (logo) for the new title was designed by an freelance designer, Andrew Staniland; the new editor, Colin J. Marsden, appointed his own team, with just two members of the previous team, Brian Morrison and John Whitehouse, transferring to the new title; because of the timescales, the new Railways Illustrated editorial team also produced the last two issues of Railway World.

After several years, the editorship transferred from Colin J. Marsden to Pip Dunn, who replaced the entire editorial team. In early 2012, the rights to publish the magazine, along with all of the railway magazine titles of Ian Allan, were acquired by Key Publishing; some of the original Railways Illustrated team went onto join the digital magazine, Railway Herald.


The September 2015 issue is Vol. 13 No. 09. Its size is A4.


On the cover, main news stories are displayed. Inside, the news pages supply a detailed description with pictures where possible. Also, there is usually a main feature, such as Branchline Britain (March 2011 issue), or 'Inside Neville Hill Depot'; also in the magazine, you'll usually find two pages of modelling, showing you what's currently in Hattons. This is a regular. Another regular is What's in the next issue at the end, and as the title suggests, it provides a brief insight into the next issue .


Occasionally, Railways Illustrated will come with a supplement of some sort; these can include a modelling section, special rides, history (for example, the history of the Class 55 in February 2011's issue), and more.

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  1. ^ Pigott, Nick, ed. (May 2012). "End of an era as Ian Allan sells all its train magazines". The Railway Magazine. Horncastle, Lincs: Mortons Media Group. 158 (1333): 9. ISSN 0033-8923.