Author Archives: Iain

OBITUARY: Roger Benton

Roger Benton, the photograph archivist to the National Tramway Museum at Crich for over 40 years, died on 24 January 2015 following a motor vehicle accident.     Roger amassed a wonderful archive of still and movie film photographs showing the full … Continue reading

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By Tram to Manchester Airport

Manchester’s Metrolink tram network keeps growing and the latest extension is the 9.25 mile long branch that twists and turns across the city’s southern suburb of Wythenshawe before reaching the Airport.     For the time being the route is served by … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Jim Scribbins

Jim Scribbins, long-term employee and historian of the Chicago, Milwaukee and Pacific Railroad, died on 27 November 2014 at the age of 86 years.    Jim joined the Milwaukee Road at the age of twenty and for much of his career … Continue reading

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Philadelphia gets PATCO free!

This article was written by the Society’s main contact in Philadelphia and was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 10 September 2014. Every day PATCO carries about 38,000 passengers, 90% of whom go to or from Center City.  This is … Continue reading

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London Midland “Fall” timetable

During autumn, leaves lying on the rails become squashed to a slippery pulp that causes the train wheels to slip and results in trains running behind schedule.    Simply slowing down the trains means that if the normal service frequency is … Continue reading

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London Midland takes steps to relieve overcrowding

London Midland are strengthening five extremely overcrowded peak hour trains from 6 October 2014 by putting into service three of their new Siemens Desiro class 350/3 emus.    Ten of these 110 mph units have been ordered from Siemens and the … Continue reading

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Transformation of London Underground’s Northern Line

The London Underground’s Northern Line is being transformed through a series of major upgrades that will take at least a decade to complete.    Eventually the complex line referred to as “the misery line” will have become two completely separate lines … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Tramway Opens At Last

The tramway between Edinburgh City Centre and the Airport, 13.89 km, finally started public services on 31 May 2014.   The tramway, including the abandoned section from the City Centre to Leith and the Royal Yacht at Newhaven, was estimated to … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Prof. George Woodman Hilton

George  Hilton was born in 1925, studied economics in Los Angeles and the LSE before becoming professor of economics in the University of California, Los Angeles, a post which he held until his retirement in 1990.   George Hilton died at … Continue reading

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Developments in Nottingham

A visit to Nottingham in mid August 2014 showed that over the past year a number of developments have taken place.    Over half of the new Alstom Citadis trams have being delivered and driver training is under way.    On most … Continue reading

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