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British Timetable Review – May 2016

BRITISH TIMETABLE REVIEW –  May 2016 by Alan de Burton Overview and Timetable Format Unless otherwise specified, the text refers to Monday to Saturday timetables. Major changes this time are limited to unplanned temporary line closures between Appleby and Carlisle … Continue reading

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Review of Main Line Timetables in Five European Countries – 2016

Introduction Five years ago I wrote an article on changes to main line timetables in Germany, Denmark and Spain. As a follow up, I describe in this article the major changes in December 2015 to train services in 5 European … Continue reading

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Visit Observations in September 2015

Notes compiled by Alan de Burton Introduction Between 28 and 30 September I made a ‘family’ visit staying at a hotel in Slough. This provided me with ample opportunity to make plentiful observations on the early autumn 2015 transport scene. … Continue reading

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Visit to Germany in August 2014

Notes on the tour compiled by Alan de Burton Off to Poland and Germany This travelogue is aimed primarily at transport enthusiasts. It covers the German section of a short trip made by Patrick Chandler and myself to Poland and … Continue reading

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Swiss Main Line Train Services from the 1980s

Notes by Alan de Burton compiled in August 2015 Introduction This article describes the development of prime Swiss train services from the introduction of the first nationwide Taktfahrplan (regular interval timetable) in 1982 to the present. It also looks towards … Continue reading

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British Timetable Review for May 2015

BRITISH TIMETABLE REVIEW –  May 2015 by Alan de Burton Overview and Timetable Format Unless otherwise specified, the text refers to Monday to Saturday timetables. There are no major permanent timing changes but two line openings and some new stations. … Continue reading

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A Very Political Railway

A VERY POLITICAL RAILWAY by Wayne Asher Capital Transport 184 pages Hardback ISBN 9 781854 143785 £19.95 Book Review and extended further notes by Alan de Burton, January 2015 I have extended a summary of the book ‘A Very Political … Continue reading

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British Timetable Review – December 2014

by Alan de Burton Overview and Timetable Format Unless otherwise specified, the text refers to Monday to Saturday timetables. Major changes this time are limited to Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink services which do (or did) serve London Bridge, Southeastern services … Continue reading

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West of England Route Resiliance Study

Summary of Network Rail report July 2014 by Alan de Burton Introduction Bad weather damage closed the West of England route between Exeter and Newton Abbot for 8 weeks in February and March 2014, the longest interruption of service since … Continue reading

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Trip to Glasgow and Edinburgh on 16 June 2014

by Alan de Burton Introduction On 16 June I paid a day visit from York to Glasgow and Edinburgh with  two main objectives: 1) To ride from Glasgow to Cumbernauld by electric train, a service opened on 18 May 2) … Continue reading

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