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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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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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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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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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