Author Archives: Iain

London Underground Route Diagrams

A large number of route maps of the LUL network exist, some produced by LUL itself and others by commercial firms wanting to show where their premises are in relation to LUL stations. In addition to the conventional diagrammatic route … Continue reading

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Farewell to Friends

Two good friends of the Society died recently and this note acknowledges the help that they gave over many years. Brian Martin Longworth was born in Toronto to Scottish parents but soon the family returned to Scotland and Brian spent … Continue reading

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Twenty Year Plan for Transport around Dublin

A twenty year plan for transport around Dublin was published on 16 April 2016.  Many of the plans have been discussed for a number of years but there is now much more flesh upon suggested improvements and a clearer timescale … Continue reading

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Single Track Working on Metrolink

Manchester’s tramway network has grown with remarkable speed in recent years and it has become essential that a second route across the city centre be built to prevent excessive congestion along Mosley Street.    The first section of the Second Crossing … Continue reading

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First impression of the rebuilt Birmingham New Street station.

The work to transform Birmingham’s New Street station into a spacious superbly equipped hub was finally completed and opened to the public on 20 September 2015.    The original main entrance facing the Bull Ring Shopping Centre has been reopened and … Continue reading

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NET Phase 2 Opens (Nottingham)

After months of test running the two extensions of the Nottingham Tramways serving southern and western suburbs were finally opened for public services on 25 August 2015.    The response from the public was immediate and massive.    Trams during the day … Continue reading

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Reading station transformed

Reading station is a key junction situated 36 miles from London Paddington on the main line to Bristol, South Wales, and the South West. Close to the point where it is crossed by the major freight and passenger route between … Continue reading

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Quintinshill Remembered

The worst railway disaster in Britain happened 100 years ago – at 0649 on 22 May 1915.   The Scottish Government has included the disaster in its Official Commemoration Programme for 2015. Quintinshill was the name of a signal box midway … Continue reading

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Traction Equipment Replacement

What do you do with a multiple unit that is at least “middle aged” and whose propulsion unit has become outmoded?     Many operators withdraw such units especially if the body structure is made of steel that is starting to show … Continue reading

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Birmingham City Centre Tramway

Construction of the new tramway across the centre of Birmingham to link Snow Hill Station with New Street Station has been making steady if at times seemingly very slow progress.   The new tramway will leave its present right of way … Continue reading

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