August 11, 2002

Rail - General

Patrick Crozier | Crossrail | Rail General | Rail Miscellany

Rail chaos: the voters blame Blair
Is there light at the end of the tunnel? - the prognosis
Rail rage
Germans recreate little bit of England
Crossrail back on track
US groups plot £20bn rail deal
Commuters: Don't ever expect a seat
Effect of a new North-South railway
Cash plea to boost West Country rail
200mph dream of North-South railway to end roads gridlock
Commuters 'expect lasting chaos'
Christian Wolmar: £300m is worth it to get railways heading for the right destination
Glass graffiti craze could halt trains
Rail link slammed over advert claims
Two-thirds of rail advice 'wrong'
Long and short of rail inquiries - computers can be wrong
Insurance fight for GB Railways
Royal Train more B&Q than Orient Express
The coal was painted white so as not to offend Victoria
Flair on the rails - short diary item on the late Peter Parker
'Children writing on walls is better than robbing old ladies' - yes, but it's still wrong.
The state must step in to save our railways - Anthony Hilton calls for re-nationalisation. Utter drivel of course. I only hope I get the time to do a proper takedown one of these days.
3000 miles of line 'should be closed ' - Institute of Directors calls for a Beeching Mk2. Quite right too. Unfortunately, they are quite wrong about the relative sizes of the British and French networks. The French is almost twice the size of our own.
Railway warning - insight into what it is like to run trains over Railtrack's infrastructure
Virgin's 'captive audience' gets Branson sales pitch - 'A Virgin employee at Euston station found it hard to believe. She said: "You must be joking. These are our passengers they're going to be harassing."'
Falling to pieces - the Mirror reports on Britain's crumbling rail network
Waterloo commuters' daily worry - the Evening Standard reports that the tracks used by South West Trains are the worst around London. It is certainly true that they look bad. I can't find the exact quote but I seem to remember that although SWT hands over £260m to Railtrack in access charges Railtrack spends a mere £60m on the infrastructure.
Six days of despair - interesting insight into daily disruption and its causes.
Firms want to keep slam-door trains
Scot Rail adopts no-frills approach - well, actually, they are simply offering bargain fares which is what everyone else does. In fact, bargain fare offers are one of the few real plusses from rail privatisation.
Afghan gangs taking over stowaway routes, rail firm says - tales from the frontline in Northern France
Train overcrowding is 'breaching rules'
The issue New Labour can no longer duck - Christian Wolmar (see posts passim) makes some good points along with a few bad ones.
Eurostar trains join East Coast line - I am not entirely sure I believe this. There are already some Eurostar sets on the line and have been for some time. They're hardly the sort of thing you keep in storage for a rainy day.
Commuters will still be waiting no matter who takes charge
What Darling must do to get the railways working again - written by Phillip Beck, former Chairman of Railtrack, known as the Invisible Man. Some useful insights and quite a lot of special pleading for engineering.
Threat of huge rise in rail fares
No end to train driver shortage
Trains run later since change in Railtrack status
It's worth boarding National Express - scroll down to end
'Taxpayer carried all Chunnel link risks'
Tunnel offer adds to Railtrack bail-out
Rail fare discounts - whingeing
Record £12.5m fine for SWT
Rail punctuality still poses problems
Still room for train improvements
Rail network 'still unreliable'
Trains late but fares still rise above inflation
Trains worse than before Hatfield
Gray paves way for airport and Borders rail links - new services in Scotland
EU will enforce late-train refunds
Big profits rise for Jarvis
Chain of contracting out on railways
Why a return to state ownership would not deliver a golden age of rail - Telegraph editorial
Jarvis defends work record as profit soars
Rail industry raps 10-year transport plan
Eurostar's symbol of a distant dream suggests railways are on the wrong track
Railways may need extra £10bn
Muggers jailed for rail raids 'orgy'
New bid to police trains
Rail crisis turned into BBC drama
On old sleepers - Times Editorial
Government vetoes railway pay offer
Rail firms criticised for big fare rises
Rail fares under fire as discount is withdrawn - see High fares are good for you
Jail for railway pickpocket who stole £30,000
Accounts key to winning rail supremacy battle Amey v Jarvis
Rail trip takes longer than in 1909
Eurotunnel in line to make a profit - Graphic
Tunnelling starts for Channel link
Rail costs review Byers tried to block goes ahead
Rail commuters face huge fare rise
Death sparks surge in train graffiti
Rail fares could rise
Rail fares to increase as price caps scrapped - interesting graphic. Not sure about the claim that fares account for 50% of railway spending. I am sure the real figure is nearer 75%.
BA links up for bullfight on Spanish routes
Railways see sharp rise in crime
Extra £100m handout for Virgin Trains
A compensation that tests logic
Aboard the tilting train that can't tilt... yet
Taxpayers could face rail bill of £556m
Commuters revolt over rail failures
Fewer seats, 'more comfort' - Connex
Planning blow to Thameslink scheme
Connex looking to be loved
Crippling rail delays on West Coast - Excellent article in the Telegraph on how the disaster unfolded
Special trains for Labour conference - the uplifting news that while everyone else will have to get off and take a coach, politicos will travel non-stop.
Insurance threat to rail work
Railtrack in 'consultancy spending spree' - I must have missed this first time round
Soon all this could be railway (again) - plans to re-open the Great Central Railway
Connex warning over new trains
Rail venture sets off on the track to better service
Insurance snag threatens 'new Railtrack'
Wheels within uninsured wheels - rail's insurance crisis
Skellett likely to step down at Jarvis
Rail repairs to stay with contractors
CPS given Hatfield dossier

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November 15, 2004

Crossrail website ...link
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November 11, 2004

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November 08, 2004

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Ufton Nervet crash - 6 now confirmed dead ...link
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November 06, 2004

One person dead as train derails ...link
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November 04, 2004

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November 02, 2004

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October 30, 2004

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October 26, 2004

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October 24, 2004

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October 20, 2004

The air hostess, the long hair and the sun roof - one of the more imaginative ways of staying awake at the wheel. ...link
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Wheelchair-using MP travelled in 'cattle truck' - so, that's just the same as the rest of us then ...link
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23 escape from burning train ...link
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Wikipedia accuracy under fire - so, it's back on with the Glossary? ...link
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October 19, 2004

Rail chief quits after four months - walking away from £130,000. Golly ...link
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October 14, 2004

New comment on old posting - Tim Hall explains the story of the Highland Railway, its new locos and its soon-to-be-ex-Chief Mechanical engineer ...link
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Out now: DVD version of leaves on the line ...link
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October 13, 2004

New link - Transport Watch UK. Lots of facts, lot of comparisons. Doesn't look good for rail ...link
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October 11, 2004

Take the car and save the planet - walking kills, apparently ...link
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Hybrids better than the real thing - golly ...link
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Don't invest in mega-projects - says Peter Gordon ...link
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October 05, 2004

Prescott backs plan to reopen branch rail lines - well, he says he does ...link
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October 04, 2004

New Glossary Entry - the Advanced Passenger Train ...link
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October 03, 2004

People are building their own speed cameras - One fellow is even selling fully functioning ones ...link
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Omedetō gozaimasu! - Tech Central Station on the 40th anniversary of the Shinkansen ...link
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October 02, 2004

Compulsory purchase to go - in US? Johnathan Pearce has some musings ...link
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October 01, 2004

Indian railway runs out of wheels - because it refuses to import ...link
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All for sprawl - Tyler Cowen links to a couple of articles including one from the NY Times magazine which is attracting a lot of attention ...link
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Underground maps as art - according to Brian ...link
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September 30, 2004

Recent comment - Uncle Roger on the difficulty in working out accurate subsidy figures ...link
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Europe by train - Tim Hall on Stephen Karlson's adventures ...link
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Carpool lanes = communist gulags - Tim Hall is beginning to get it, possibly ...link
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September 29, 2004

P&O axes 1,200 jobs as ferry travel sails into past ...link
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September 27, 2004

Hurtling towards a £7.6bn bill at full tilt - Alistair Osborne on the WCRM fiasco. Actually, I thought £7.6bn was on the low side ...link
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September 26, 2004

A double-decked shame - RJ3 laments the passing of the Routemaster. It's those EU bastards, I tell you ...link
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Tilting trains are rubbish - according to Ross Clark. Now he tells us ...link
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Delays plummet by 28% - says Network Rail ...link
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September 25, 2004

New glossary item - the Health and Safety Executive - in which I demonstrate my almost complete ignorance of this institution ...link
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Scant improvement in train times - according to latest figures ...link
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September 22, 2004

EU plan will hit safe women drivers - and it's all in the name of sex equality ...link
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Unions gang up to demand railway renationalisation - they mean it isn't already? ...link
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September 21, 2004

Top car makers support road-jam charging - Ford, GM, Honda, Daimler ...link
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September 18, 2004

ABD calls for environmental audit of public transport - all those particulates ...link
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Camera Partnerships must come clean on real causes of accidents - says ABD ...link
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September 16, 2004

The Green Quadratic - ASI paper on planning from 1988. Now available on-line ...link
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September 14, 2004

Up with conductors - they're really good, you know ...link
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Speeding Britons fined in car race to Spain - "Among the cars were Ferraris, Porsches and Rolls-Royces." ...link
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MPs to lose free airport parking - oh, how my heart bleeds ...link
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The case against driving licences - Paul Clark in Lew Rockwell ...link
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September 10, 2004

Drivers trade privacy for insurance discounts ...link
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September 08, 2004

Free mints infuriate delayed commuters - some even threw them away, ingrates ...link
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Privatize the roads! Liberate the streets! All we have to lose are our parking tickets! - Anthony Gregory in Lew Rockwell ...link
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M6 Toll hits 10m journey mark - er, about a month ago ...link
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September 07, 2004

California high-speed rail plan - all sorts of claims being made but Peter Gordon doesn't like the precedents ...link
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September 06, 2004

Swedish farmer fined 1,211 kronor for illegally parking a snowmobile in Warwick - Krister Nylander lives 205 north of Stockholm and has never been to Warwick. "They can wait till Hell freezes over and I can get to Britain on my snowmobile to pay the fine.” ...link
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September 05, 2004

"Obsession is not too strong a word to describe how railway enthusiasts feel about railways" - Matthew Parris goes to Peru and meets some trainspotters ...link
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September 03, 2004

Hidden costs do not justify the level of tax on petrol in Britain - says Graham Seargeant ...link
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Shovelling cash - utilities to pay for digging up roads ...link
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Government 'willed' Railtrack to fail - says Corbett ...link
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Cyclists saddled with seafront speed trap - in Bournemouth ...link
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Historic Amsterdam tram photos Aaaah. Where's amg going to pitch up next? ...link
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Why so little US electrification? - Tim Hall ponders the answer ...link
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September 02, 2004

London Underground Map - as it really is. ...link
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Electric v steam - in 1923. But who won ...link
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September 01, 2004

Fares and charge up in London - says Livingstone ...link
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'Fair fines' planned for speeding drivers ...link
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Railtrack is cleared over Hatfield crash ...link
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August 31, 2004

Thousands 'ready to quit Aslef' - where would we be without brotherly love ...link
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August 30, 2004

Rural watchdog attacks road sign blight - See it's not just me who can't abide the avalanche of street furniture. ...link
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What the traffic will bear - Bob Poole discusses the merits of tolling ...link
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Prague trams - photos. Aaah ...link
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August 24, 2004

What if you can't drive? - Catallarchy's Sean Lynch considers the options ...link
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97% of accidents within speed limit - according to the ABD ...link
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August 22, 2004

Prosecute motorway lane hogs - says RAC ...link
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August 20, 2004

Radio tags for congestion charge? ...link
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World's longest road opens - in Russia ...link
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Sprawl is cheap - says Iain Murray ...link
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August 19, 2004

Strike threat to BA and Eurostar ...link
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Toll roads are safer - at least according to my reading of this Marginal Revolution post ...link
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Peking metro to hit 1000km mark - I'm not sure even London's is that long ...link
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August 15, 2004

Squander Two calmly talks about speed cameras ...link
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Parking anarchy in St Albans - Police withdraw traffic wardens, Herts council won't have any until October, it's bedlam! ...link
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The future of transport - as seen from the past ...link
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Trains less efficient than cars - yes, I know, it's old news ...link
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Ferry solution, please - Eamonn Butler wonders how you could introduce competition to a subsidised ferry service in the Western Isles ...link
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August 14, 2004

Drink less, speed less, save on insurance - Marginal Revolution has the story ...link
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