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Rail 1007: How railways still win wars

Rail 1007: How railways still win wars

Two articles in national newspapers at the beginning of this month have highlighted the importance of a little understood aspect ...
Rail 1006: What do we want from the railways?

Rail 1006: What do we want from the railways?

In my youth I would go on demonstrations and sometimes wonder whether I  really supported the cause we were protesting ...
Rail 1005: Rail reform process slammed by National Audit Office

Rail 1005: Rail reform process slammed by National Audit Office

One day I hope to be able to write up a report from a government agency highlighting the success of ...
Rail 1004: Rail reform bill stutters out

Rail 1004: Rail reform bill stutters out

So after five years or the operation of around 36 million train services, the Government has managed to produce a ...
Rail 1003: The HS2 black hole and hyped to oblivion

Rail 1003: The HS2 black hole and hyped to oblivion

I’ve seen many damning reports by various Parliamentary committees and agencies such as the National Audit Office over the years, ...
Rail 1002: The fares fiasco just got worse

Rail 1002: The fares fiasco just got worse

There are times when I need three or four columns to adequately comment on what is happening in the rail ...
Rail 1001: What Labour should and should not do

Rail 1001: What Labour should and should not do

The draft rail reform bill seems to have been stuck in the wastes of Whitehall. The Transport Secretary Mark Harper ...
Rail 1000: a look at a quarter of a century of Rail columns

Rail 1000: a look at a quarter of a century of Rail columns

Unlike some of the contributors to this momentous issue, I was not there at the beginning but I have written ...
Rail 999: The failure of Eurotunnel and Mystic Wolmar tries again

Rail 999: The failure of Eurotunnel and Mystic Wolmar tries again

It is 30 years since I had a chat with John Major in the bowels of a freight Shuttle hurtling ...
Rail 998: Great British Railways is a lost cause

Rail 998: Great British Railways is a lost cause

  It has been clear for a long time that the proposed legislation for the railways which would formally create ...
Rail 997: Deutsche Bahn is still great despite failings

Rail 997: Deutsche Bahn is still great despite failings

Needing to go to Munich to record a TV interview, I decided to go by train, Munich, at the southern ...
Rail 995: Lots of factories but no orders

Rail 995: Lots of factories but no orders

A new train production plant is to be opened by Siemens in Goole, east Yorkshire, next May, to produce, initially, ...
Rail 994: Tories step over the line

Rail 994: Tories step over the line

Regular readers will know that I am a Labour supporter but my political allegiance has nothing to do with the ...
Rail 992: Oh so you want to buy a ticket? Not here guv

Rail 992: Oh so you want to buy a ticket? Not here guv

‘How on earth did we get here? I wake up at night wondering what they were thinking’ – that was ...
Rail 991: HS2 engineering marvel but....

Rail 991: HS2 engineering marvel but….

Gosh I wish I could love HS2. Life would be easier and I would not suffer the opprobrium I get ...
Rail 990: Leaderless and rudderless, hapless Harper and his Merriman

Rail 990: Leaderless and rudderless, hapless Harper and his Merriman

August is always a good excuse for inaction but this dying Tory administration has taken it to extremes. The railways ...
Rail 989: The railways in limbo and TFL needs to step up

Rail 989: The railways in limbo and TFL needs to step up

The suspension of politics for the summer has left the railways in limbo. We have a zombie government eeking out ...
Rail 988: ticket office madness

Rail 988: ticket office madness

There is foolishness, insanity and utter and complete madness. It is difficult to characterise the announcement on the closure of ...
Rail 987: Wins and losses on the Great Western

Rail 987: Wins and losses on the Great Western

There is nothing like a cab ride to learn about the state of the railway and there are few companions ...
Rail 986: The unsung railway heroes of WW2

Rail 986: The unsung railway heroes of WW2

Time for a summer diversion away from the hubbub of rail chaos and government indecision, to which I will doubtless ...
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