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Building the P2

Steam locomotives are inefficient and costly to operate, hence British Railways replaced them with diesel and electric traction nearly fifty years ago. Today, however, steam-hauled...

Video: Torksey Viaduct reopens

A new footpath has been officially opened across Torksey Viaduct, bringing function to a structure that has been quietly rusting since the railway it...

Video: Flying Scotsman returns

Painstakingly overhauled and repainted in BR livery, Flying Scotsman has returned to its former stamping ground on the East Coast Main Line with a...

Healing wounds

Before the advent of Xboxes and all-singing smartphones, kids signed up to a vivid, multi-sensory game accessed through a portal at the far end...

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...

Video report: Railway Paths

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

Tunnel vision

Something extraordinary is happening under London. Six mechanical navvies, bewildering in their efficiency, steer Crossrail’s tunnels through tangled subterranean history towards an end-point later...

Turning back time

It won’t sweeten the bitter fares pill commuters have to swallow. Ministers won’t be queuing to have their faces seen on site. There’s no...

Holiday in the Bahamas

Ones and noughts are now omnipresent, forming a thick digital cloud in the ether. Binary streams surge down optical fibres, pouring into data mines...

Has third rail had its day?

This fascinating question was posed and debated at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ headquarters during a recent seminar organised by the Railway Engineers’ Forum...

Derailed: The complicity dividend

History has made heroes of the men who powered Britain’s economic and social revolution through the 18th and 19th centuries. Names that still inspire:...

Bridging Dawlish

Dawlish, a seaside town on the south coast of Devon about 12 miles fromExeter, was originally a fishing port which grew into a well-known...

Royal Albert Revisited

Linking Devon with Cornwall across the river Tamar, the single track Royal Albert Bridge is of strategic importance, being the only remaining mainline rail...

Hidden Haddon: its rise and fall

If the procrastination over High Speed 2 ever gives way to construction, the line will navigate the Chiltern Hills via a series of tunnels...

Talking about Trains

With its world famous collection, York’s National Railway Museum (NRM) is truly a Mecca for railways enthusiasts. Impressive though its locomotives are, the museum’s...