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Steam Trains and Road Crossings

A press release from Network Rail the other day made me do a bit of a double-take and a bit of research. The press release itself was nothing special, being a warning that a moribund, but never technically closed (echos

Steam trains in London this weekend

If you’ve been watching the recent series of TV programs on BBC4 (and some on BBC2) about the ending of steam trains in the country – then you might be interested to learn that this weekend is an excellent one

The Cathedral Express Steam Train

We may live in an age where trains are bland tubes with garish colours and an announcement every 30 seconds, but there are still some good old fashioned steam trains in use on the UK’s railways. Not just confined to

The original passenger railway

Nearly 20 years before Robert Stephenson’s famous Rocket carried its first railway passengers, there was an earlier train which had for a short while been carrying passengers. It was in July 1908 that a radical locomotive was demonstrated in London