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How Great British Railways can learn from the old BR

How Great British Railways can learn from the old BR

British Railways lives again. Well sort of. The Queen’s Speech contains plans for a Transport Bill the centrepiece of which ...
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Spectator review of Cathedrals of Steam

Spectator review of Cathedrals of Steam

By Julian Glover I began this book waiting for a diesel train to Derby, under the windy, boxy, flat-roofed bit ...
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Signal box battle

Signal box battle

Petersfield signal box is in the wrong place. Or at least it is now. Actually, when it was built in ...
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Book review: Monisha Rajesh, Around the world in 80 trains

Book review: Monisha Rajesh, Around the world in 80 trains

Monisha Rajesh wrote lovingly about the Indian railways in her previous book but this set her wondering whether the train ...
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The great train wreck

The great train wreck

A couple of weeks ago I met David Grime and Alan Noble, members of the Lakes Line Rail User Group, ...
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Doubts over driverless cars in the lion's den

Doubts over driverless cars in the lion’s den

I was worried that going to the autonomous vehicle exhibition in Stuttgart would be rather like an atheist walking into ...
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The big Spectator driverless car debate

The big Spectator driverless car debate

My debate with car enthusiast and advertising man Rory Sutherland Wolmar: Let’s face it: we’re talking about a technology that will ...
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Review: Britain's best 100 railway stations by Simon Jenkins

Review: Britain’s best 100 railway stations by Simon Jenkins

Stations, according to Simon Jenkins, are the forgotten part of the railway experience. People love the trains, the journey, the ...
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Book review: Night Trains by Andrew Martin

Book review: Night Trains by Andrew Martin

Night Trains, the Rise and Fall of the Sleeper by Andrew Martin, Profile Books, £14 99 As a child, I ...
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Review of Simon Bradley's The Railways, Nation, Network and People

Review of Simon Bradley’s The Railways, Nation, Network and People

Simon Bradley dates the demise of the on-board meal service to 1962, when Pullman services no longer offered croutons with ...
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