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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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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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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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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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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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North Kent Line and New Cross Gate Visits, 9 January 2015

Notes by Alan de Burton, January 2015 Introduction In order to update a text on the North Kent Line that is appearing in installments in the Southern Electric Group’s journal ‘Live Rail,’ I rode from London Bridge to Chatham and … Continue reading

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The History of the French High Speed Rail Network and TGV

This is an updated article written by Michael Bunn, who gave a talk to the Society in November 2014. We are grateful for permission to post it here. On the 26th September 1981 the first Train à Grande Vitesse (TGV) … 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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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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