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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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British Timetable Review – December 2014

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 Southeastern, Southern and Thameslink services which do (or did) serve London Bridge, Southeastern services … 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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