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  • Rail 773: Safety still an issue

    When my esteemed editor Nigel and myself had one of our regular breakfasts (pow-wows perhaps best describes them given our differences over some aspects of the railway!) at the beginning of the year, we agreed that one of the threats faced by the railway was safety. We were both very concerned that an element of complacency had crept in and that some of the safety procedures had become box...

  • Rail 772: Questions for the politicians

    It is election time so the railways are forgotten. Every time there is a general election, I make the point that the railways, indeed transport as a whole, are do not figure in the hustings apart from the odd reference to fares and perhaps potholes. On the day I wrote this column, (April 7), the Times ran a feature listing the 11 key issues of the election, ranging from...

  • Rail 771: The nonsense of very high speed high speed rail!

    You may not have noticed but you have got just a pound richer. Or rather, the economy has been boosted by some £57m which equates to almost a quid each annually thanks to an innovative new policy from the Department for Transport. Don’t, however, get too excited. This extra boost in the UK economy has been achieved by allowing tractor drivers to go 5 mph faster than previously, and...

  • Rail 770: it’s all words at election time

    Don’t ya just love politics? It is especially fun at election time, as a couple of examples I will outline in this column show. Indeed, sometimes the self-interest of the politicians is so naked that it is a wonder they don’t appear starkers on TV. Take the announcement that, at last, there is a firm commitment to replace the much hated Pacers. Well, not announcement really but the information...

  • Book review: The English Railway Station

    The English Railway Station Steve Parissien English Heritage £25   Railway books tend to fall into two categories: those that provide too much extraneous detail (as in: ‘The first sod of the Dorset Central was cut at Blandford by Lady Smith of the Down House…the expenses of the ceremony amounted to £224 13s 2d including £71 for wine…’;  and at the other extreme, those aimed at the presents-for-my-trainspotter-uncle type,...

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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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