July 2015

Winslow station - currently disused
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Editorial
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:57

The council is committed to support the development of the East-West Rail project and the finding for the purchase comes from money allocated to support the work. Justifying the acquisition, the council intimated that purchase at the present time would mitigate against the possible rise in land values in the future.
The original station at Winslow was situated to the east of Verney Junction on the ex-London & North Western line from Oxford to Cambridge. The station closed with the... read the full story

The Mountsorrel Railway
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Editorial
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:44

The OneFamily Foundation, a mutual financing company, has made a grant of £5,000 towards the cost of recreating three stonemasons’ cottages adjacent to the quarry and recreated industrial branch in Leicestershire.
The result came after a vote covering 169 projects nationwide with the Mountsorrel project coming third overall. Each of the top 15 projects will receive £5,000.
The grant will cover the materials and tools the project needs to create the stonemasons huts’ in the base... read the full story

 Rob Brighouse
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Editorial
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:35

Mr Brighouse has 40 years’ experience in the rail industry and is currently managing director of Chiltern Railways, which runs passenger services between London and the West Midlands and is one of Britain’s best performing operators in terms of punctuality and passenger satisfaction.
Rob first joined the rail operator in 2000 as projects director,... read the full story

Hitachi Press image of an AT300
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Editorial
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:29

Rail passengers are set to benefit from better and faster journeys after the government gave the go ahead for a brand new fleet of trains running between London and Cornwall.
The deal will allow First Great Western to buy 29 new long distance trains to serve the south west from 2018. The state of the art trains will have up to 24% more seats compared to the majority of the trains serving the route today, creating more than 1,000 additional peak time seats into and out of Paddington... read the full story

Snaefell Mountain Railway - Car No.4 Note Central "Fell" Rail
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Editorial
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:15

Special trams and activities throughout the day will build up to the evening’s highlight – the first airing of a specially commissioned 40-minute chamber ensemble work to be performed in the Summit Restaurant and played over loudspeakers from Snaefell Mountain to the hills beyond.
The festivities commence just after lunch with a celebration tram tour including onboard commentary departing Laxey at 13:20. Tram historian and author Andrew Scarffe has co-ordinated a transport enthusiast’s... read the full story

 Paddington station revamp
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Editorial
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:12

Details of the improvements being made to the station are as follows:

  • The area known as ‘The Lawn’ which houses the retail outlets at the back of the main station building is being renovated to provide passengers with better retail choices and more food and drink outlets.
  • ... read the full story
Rochester new station site
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Editorial
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:33

The next step for the relocation is for approval by the Office of Rail and Road.
The approval follows a period of public consultation, held between February and May 2015, and the representations received during the period. In all, 14 representations were received. Of these only one objected to the actual relocation, on the grounds that the new station was ill served by the existing bus routes.
The relocation of the station is being promoted by Network Rail as  a means of... read the full story

 Footpath crossing cyclist poster
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Editorial
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:32

Its new safety campaign is backed by Sustrans, the charity behind the creation and management of the 14,000-mile National Cycle Network.
Britain’s level crossings are among the safest in the world, but injuries and near misses still happen regularly. In the last five years, there have been around 140 incidents involving cyclists with four of these... read the full story

Siemens Class 700
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Editorial
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:21

Earlier in the year, Bombardier suggested that it might float a minority interest in its rail business whilst there was also talk of a possible tie up between Siemens and the French-owned group Alstom.
Although controlled from Canada, management of Bombardier’s railway business has its headquarters in Germany.
In terms of implications for Britain, both Siemens and Bombardier are major providers of rolling stock to the railway industry, both for services over Network Rail and for... read the full story

 M8-M73-M74-scheme map
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Editorial
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 10:17

The time lapse footage — www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHfvDSrQlPI&feature=youtu.be — reveals the new rail bridge, weighing in excess of 2,000 tonnes, sliding into its final position over what will become the new M8 motorway, to join the existing Cutty Sark rail bridge at Bargeddie, Glasgow.
... read the full story

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