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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. […]

Gotthard Base Tunnel testing underway

An extensive period of testing has started through the newly completed Gotthard Base Tunnel - the world's longest railway tunnel. Testing began on October 1 following approval from the Swiss Federal Office of Transport and will continue until the end...

Forth Bridge becomes World Heritage site

Scotland's Forth Bridge has become the country's sixth World Heritage site after being officially inscribed by UNESCO. The 125-year-old cantilever bridge spans the Firth of Forth between North Queensbury and South Queensbury. It joins Edinburgh Old and New Towns, the Heart of...

Sierra Leone’s lost British locomotives ride again

Ravaged by civil war and the Ebola pandemic, Sierra Leone is hoping the railway can help deliver a positive future for the country. Up until 1975, Sierra Leone still had a national rail network – more than 300 miles of narrow gauge track, an iron reminder of its British heritage. Locomotives built...

3D scanning of the Mail Rail system

It may come as a surprise, but London Underground doesn’t have the only underground railway network in the nation’s capital. Running directly under the feet of millions of unsuspecting Londoners and passing many of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, the Post Office Underground Railway – Mail Rail – ran between 1927...

Video report: Insight into the charity that looks at disused railway structures

Insight into the charity that looks after more than 650 disused railway structures with the intention of them hosting foot and cycle paths.

Video: Chorley flying arches

Chorley’s historic flying arches have been restored to their rightful place above the Bolton to Euxton Junction line after seven years in storage. Read more

Chorley flying arches return

Chorley’s historic flying arches have been restored to their rightful place above the Bolton to Euxton Junction line after seven years in storage. Writes Graeme Bickerdike The 16 masonry structures, now Grade II listed, were temporarily replaced with steel props...

Weapon of war

The coming of the railways in the 19th century revolutionised military planning. The First World War saw the railways put to use as a major weapon of war. For the first time it became possible to mobilise millions of men and keep them supplied hundreds of miles from home. Colin Garratt reports World War One […]

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