The new Editor of Modern Railways will be the current Assistant Editor, Philip Sherratt, following the retirement of James Abbott after the April issue this year.
James Abbott has edited the magazine since 1983, with a five-year break at the turn of the 1990s. During that time, the brand has become the leading journal for the rail industry, renowned for its perceptive analysis on the latest developments. Philip joined the brand in 2014 as an assistant within the editorial team. As well as contributing to the title and its events programme, he has played a key role in the development of Modern Railways Insight, the online news and directory that launched in 2015.
“Modern Railways has been at the forefront of reporting on events in the railway industry for nearly 60 years,” said Philip. “Under James’s editorship it has set high standards for incisive writing that gets to the heart of the issues that matter. It is a great privilege to be able to carry on this excellent work and continue to grow and enhance the Modern Railways portfolio at an exciting time for the industry, with major investment taking place through projects such as Crossrail and HS2, as well as the potential for significant structural change courtesy of the Williams Review.”
While he is stepping down as Editor, James will remain a key part of the Modern Railways team, continuing to contribute to the monthly magazine and supporting its major programme of events including the 4th Friday Club and Modern Railways RVE. “Modern Railways has aspired to the highest editorial standards ever since its inception in 1962: it is a great comfort to me that I can hand on the editorial baton with confidence to someone who will uphold those standards,” said James.
Modern Railways continues to grow, with almost 14,000 actively purchased copies of the magazine sold each month, with subscriptions up 2% across the past year. Bookings for Modern Railways RVE, being held on 5 November at Derby Arena are currently up 65% year-on-year.
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