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  • Be brave – an open letter to the mayoral candidates and local councillors

    Jogging through Tufnell Park this morning, I was struck by the stream of cyclists along Dalmeny Road, a short cut that takes out much of Holloway and Camden roads for people heading into town. There was never a moment when there were not several cyclists in view and they were a mixed bunch. The Lycra speedsters were very much a minority with lots of smartly dressed women and middle aged...

  • The myth of the driverless cars revolution

    It seems that we are on the verge of a driverless car revolution. George Osborne recently announced that a “train” of automatic trucks controlled solely by the leading vehicle would be tested in Cumbria this year, one of eight driverless vehicle projects to receive £20m in funding from the government. Trials of autonomous cars are already under way in Milton Keynes and Greenwich and far more extensive testing is being...

  • Review: Early Victorian Excursions

    Early Victorian Excursions, the million go forth, by Susan Major Pen & I love books that debunk myths. Just as Edison did not invent the light bulb and Marconi did not invent the radio, Thomas Cook was the not the first to run railway tours. Indeed, railway excursions predated his famous 1941 temperance tour between Leicester and Loughborough by almost a decade, but thanks to his name becoming, like...

  • Rail 796: Melbourne’s familiar problems on the tracks

    Spending a week in Melbourne ended up being a trip in to the past. Melbourne has a very British feel, unlike its brasher and more American rival Sydney, and is a far more pleasant city, not least because it has a superb public transport system, based on trams and heavy rail. Meeting rail bosses in the city, I ended up talking about the difficulties of franchising, gauge corner cracking...

  • Rail 795: Indian railways: an experience not to be missed

    Having just spent a couple of weeks touring India by rail for my forthcoming book on Indian railways, I can’t resist getting away from my normal musings about franchising and the failings of Network Rail to try to get across the experience of rail travel in India. It could not be a more different experience from the sanitized, often rather dull, journeys on rail in the UK but paradoxically...


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About Christian Wolmar

Christian Wolmar is an award winning writer and broadcaster specialising in transport and is the author of a series of books on railway history. In the autumn of 2012, he announced he is seeking the Labour candidacy for the 2016 London mayoral election. Read more >>.


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Wolmar's Railway Library

This is a collection of classic railway history books which I have selected for reprint and which you can buy in either e-form or as special editions.

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