As some of you may have realised, The Railway Magazine has been in the works for attention. The current format has been running non-stop since March 2000, so we felt that even as the best-selling monthly, the time was right to go for a new look. When the October-dated issue hits the bookstalls next Wednesday (Sept 3), you should notice a change to the cover design, and slight alteration of the masthead. Inside, two new typefaces are used, and there are changes to the styling and layout, with complimentary panels. A number of new features have been introduced, and more are planned. As regards the volume of news, photos and features, I can assure you all that nothing has been lost - in fact the tweaks we have made have allowed more words per page, so it's even better value for money. We like to think that the changes give the magazine a cleaner, fresher look, with a more up-market style but at the same time still provides the same absorbing read every month. It's fair to say that some further minor tweaks may be applied, but your comments on the new look are welcome either on here or if you prefer by private email. As I write this we are just signing off the final few news pages, then I am off on holiday with a small party of RM readers for two weeks holiday and some railway photography - hopefully away from email and the internet. \/ Who knows, curiosity may get the better of me and I may just check your comments from the other side of the Atlantic - I just hope they have cleared up in Denver after the democratic convention before the Brits hit town.