Devastated by more than a decade of civil war and the Ebola virus epidemic, the government of Sierra Leone has placed a group of 14 non-functioning locomotives and carriages at the front of its strategy to become a middle-income country by 2035.
The last steam locomotive built for the Union Pacific freight railroad is to go on a 21-day roundtrip of Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. The historic train - built in 1944 - will begin its trip in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on June 11. After taking in a...
The historic Old Curzon Street station in Birmingham could be brought back to life. HS2 - with the help of Atkins - has submitted a proposal to Birmingham City Council to make alterations to the Grade 1-listed building. Currently vacant, the council-owned...
Railway enthusiasts enjoyed a historical first over the weekend as four generations of trains travelled side by side on the East Coast main line. The Flying Scotsman was joined by Virgin's new Azuma Class 800, an Intercity 225 and an HST...
Peppercorn class A1 steam train Tornado has reached 100mph during a test run on the East Coast Main Line. The locomotive was undertaking tests between Doncaster and Newcastle in view of raising its permitted maximum speed. It is currently limited to 75mph but...

Murder on the metals

There’s something about the railway that seems to stir the imagination of crime writers. Within these circles, the Victorian corridor coaches are held in the same esteem as a creepy country estate or a grand art deco hotel. Real-life crime on the railway has demonstrated the same ability to draw the public’s interest. The very […]

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The Great War cost Britain’s railways dear. In four years they went from being robust businesses that stood firmly on their own feet to ones that were near bankrupt, with their assets worn out by over-use for military traffic, and faced with massive new forms of competition. The rapidly developed motor vehicles that the armed […]

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End of the line

Tunnels do little to enhance the passenger experience, turning off the daylight and mobile phone signals. For some, this seemingly results in personal crisis. Any sense of what it took to drive the tunnel – in either human or engineering terms – is lost in the transient frustration. But then it’s hard to see the […]

Crossrail archaeology

The building of the Elizabeth line, the biggest infrastructure project in Europe, has revealed a wealth of archaeological treasures. Artefacts from earlier times have excited archaeologists and are considered well worth a major exhibition which will be staged at the Museum of London Docklands near Canary Wharf from the 10 February to 3 September 2017. […]

Come hell or high water

It symbolised the coming of the electric age: ‘new’ Euston – a monument to the 1960s. Out went the station’s Doric propylaeum and glorious Great Hall, products of Philip Hardwick and his son; in came bleak concrete and what a critic called “tawdry glamour”, brought to us by British Rail’s anonymous architects. Thanks for that. […]