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The Woodhead Route

The Woodhead route provided a link between Sheffield and the Yorkshire coalfield with Manchester and latterly a power station near Widnes. Roughly midway between Sheffield and Manchester the railway plunged through the Pennines via the Woodhead Tunnels. There are three … Continue reading

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British Timetable Review May 2019

Introduction On 20 May 2018 took place the greatest change in the timetables of Britain’s railways at any one time in the 20+ years since privatisation. As readers will know, this did not go well because of ‘timetable melt down’ … Continue reading

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Stadler Trams and Trains

The tram and train manufacturer, Stadler, has appeared many times in our news reports as the supplier of a new batch of stock for light railways in many locations across the world. The company has its headquarters in the Swiss … Continue reading

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OBITUARY: Alex Kerr

The annual exchange of greetings cards over Christmastide has one sad but none-the-less helpful result. This is when relatives get in touch to inform the sender that unfortunately the intended recipient had passed away during the previous months. I received … Continue reading

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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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British Timetable Review – December 2016

BRITISH TIMETABLE REVIEW –  December 2016 by Alan de Burton Overview and Timetable Format Unless otherwise specified, the text refers to Monday to Saturday timetables. This is very much a ‘marking time’ timetable before major changes in many parts of … 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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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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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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