A blueprint for Britain’s railways

August 21st, 2011 Sunday Telegraph 21 comments
Gloom descended as commuters found that their fares would be rising by 8 per cent in January. This followed hot on the heels of news from the Office of Rail Regulation that overcrowding was getting worse – hardly a surprise for most passengers given that rail use has increased by almost half in the past decade and there are barely any extra services. To cap it all, there was now talk of ...

Time Shift – Between the Lines

December 1st, 2008 Videos no comments

Rail 600: Beeching cannot be blamed for all the railway’s ills

September 13th, 2008 Rail Magazine 4 comments
The BBC is featuring a Beeching season this autumn, with a whole host of programmes kicked off by an assessment of the railway enthusiasts’ hate figure by Private Eye editor Ian Hislop. There are also a series of regional programmes looking at the effects of the closures in every part of the country. A reassessment of Beeching it timely. It is all too easy to jump on the Beeching as anti-christ ...

Fire and Steam Review by Andrew Adonis

February 2nd, 2008 Prospect Magazine no comments
A new age of the train The story of Britain's railways is one of chaotic genius in the Victorian era followed by a century of more or less uninterrupted decline. Christian Wolmar charts this history in admirable detail, but succumbs to unwarranted romanticism when it comes to the last days of British Rail. This magnificent book tells ...

Fire and Steam Review by Rod Liddle

September 1st, 2007 Sunday Times no comments
From the age of five, I was allowed to spend entire days hanging around Darlington station, with a packed lunch, watching the trains heading north to Aberdeen and Edinburgh, south to London and (in those days) Richmond, Yorks. I suppose they’re a boy thing, trains, but it wasn’t the serial numbers on the locomotives that captured my interest, ...

Rail Horizons On the Wrong Line Review

March 6th, 2006 Rail Horizons no comments
Published by Aurum Press (2005), ‘On the Wrong Line’ by long term journalist and rail commentator Christian Wolmar gives a valuable description of how not to privatise railways. It includes not only the costly and counterproductive break up and privatisation of British Rail by the Major Government, but some useful background of railways in Britain from the 19th century up until the 1992 White Paper. This promoted franchising with ‘network ...

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