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Five get to Bristol briskly

Last week most of Central London had copies of the Evening Standard with a special feature cover from Great Western Railway. It was no doubt aimed at day trippers who ...
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Whatever happened to the North Downs Railway?

North Downs Steam Railway? Never heard of it! Surely you mean the North Downs Line? No it wasn't that! Where was this other railway then? It was a short-lived heritage ...
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Is the Nikon D6 that bad?

Apparently a lot people think so! Many have in fact expressed a huge disappointment with the new D6. What they are saying is the new camera is in no way ...
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Euston HS2 #11

Being the one where the PM has given the project the full go-ahead for stage one from London to Birmingham Curzon Street. The stages northwards will be known as High ...
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Those noisy Barbican tube trains!

Briefly, this is an overview of the problems of tube trains running beneath the Barbican Estate in the City of London, and the huge noise nuisance that's generated as a ...
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The House of Dots

Only for six days! The House of Dots is at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross, London, and the venue launches a new range of fun stuff from LEGO. Visitors ...
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That Class 745 breakdown….

You'd think our railways couldn't get any worse! Whilst a certain You Tuber was extolling the virtues of the new Greater Anglia 745's, their biggest reputation at that very moment ...
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A runaway tram & the fall-out

The incident of a tram careering through the dead of night because its driver had suffered a seizure has caused much alarm in Europe. In fact it was the implications ...
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The Tokaido Shinkansen

While we in the UK battle wits over whether a new high speed railway should be built or not, I thought it would be a good idea to do a ...
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The new Wood Wharf development

On the 17th January Canary Wharf's new Wood Wharf development received its first residents and there is also a new pedestrian route through the area which opened in early January ...
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The County Donegal Railways #2

This is part two of the tribute to the famed County Donegal narrow gauge railways which closed on the very last day of 1959. In the first part we took ...
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A Euston station era ends #2

This is the second part covering the Euston station underground taxi rank - and features some more stuff that has now been 'lost' since the old taxi rank closed nigh ...
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Crossrail to Heathrow in 2021?

Amidst all the reports this week on the openings of Crossrail is one that was greatly missed (as well as another important factor too!) Everyone has been saying Crossrail (as ...
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A Euston station era ends

They haven't closed Euston station - not yet! The HS2 machine is still marching on relentless however as reported sometime back it all depends on the Oakervee report. They were ...
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By Rail to the Mumbles

Today is the sixtieth anniversary of the closure of South Wales famous electric railway, the Swansea and Mumbles. It was a very unusual line being one of the world's first ...
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Welder on the Tube

Welder Dave's message 'Have a wonderful day.' People have been thanking Dave the welder - but who is he? He's one who wrote on a newly laid rail at Baker ...
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The County Donegal Railways

Sixty years ago this week the last passenger trains rain on the County Donegal Railways. Its popular knowledge the last public trains bowed out on December 31st 1959, but what ...
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Whatever happened to Brunel’s bridge?

The famous (since 2004) bridge was dismantled and taken to Portsmouth where it currently resides at Fort Cumberland in Eastney. Few know its there. It seems the stored remains are ...
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Riders on the München Looping

Everyone probably thought I'd forgotten all about the München Looping... nah it was just the way things happened and its only now I decided I had some material to write ...
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London rail stations’ bygone Xmases

Every year our railway stations have xmas trees (or Eiffel Towers if they so wish!) But what were those decorations in these stations past Christmases like? Austere. Boring? I think ...
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Bearing the gifts of TfL Rail…

Tis the season of goodwill to all suffering TfL Rail passengers. And what better than to have three wise TfL staff (two elfs and a santa) come bearing gifts for ...
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#InterCity125 Finale

This, a tribute to the final HST services on the East Coast Main Line after forty-one years. The last ever HST into King's Cross arrived at 15.09pm on 21st December ...
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Construction of Oxford Circus station 1962-69

As most will know the Victoria Line fully opened in its original format during March 1969 - and this alone ensured the Victoria Line received great publicity worldwide compared to ...
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Rails Across the Border

You've no doubt read the excellent book 'Rails Across the Border' by Alexander Mullay about the former routes between Scotland and England? This is a new one being launched for ...
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Crossrail: TFL services to Reading

Another post on that, erm... you know, new fangled London railway that I've loved writing about so much! Simply can't get enough of it! TBH that's not the case really ...
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London’s new museum

London's Vagina museum has been two years in the making - and the idea of establishing a museum has featured in the media with reviews being largely positive but some ...
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Crossrail’s ‘eading west!

So it arrives! Crossrail goes to the wild west a year after the whole damn new line had been due to open in Central London. This westwards stage in fact ...
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Avanti West Coast

The new train operator has taken over! Euston is now the main domain of Avanti West Coast, along with LNWR and Caledonian Sleeper. Virgin's 22 year regime is over. Will ...
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Those Crossrail ‘fares’ to Reading!

I didnt think I'd be writing about Crossrail soon soon after the last post I did, however this is being done because it seems there are some small myths being ...
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Crossrail’s inconsistent roundels!

Six weeks ago I published a post about the inconsistency in the signs made for the new Elizabeth Line. This is a follow up and there are some more surprises ...
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