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  • Rail 798: little schemes better than big ones

    The London mayoral hustings are in full flow with the two main contenders, Labour’s Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith for the Tories, locked in battle and trading insults. However, in truth, their manifestos have rather more in common than they would like the electorate to realise. Both support the continuation of the Freedom Pass (no candidate could risk losing the grey vote despite the fact it is ridiculous people can...

  • 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 797: Shaw goes for devolution, not revolution

    When I previewed the Shaw report back in December (Rail 788), I praised its author, Nicola Shaw, as an extremely bright woman with wide experience of the industry. It is precisely because of those qualities that she has not fallen into the trap of making a series of radical recommendations that would lead to further upheaval in the industry. However, in avoiding the search for a holy grail, she...


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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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