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It was an unlikely venue for a chance meeting that would change popular music forever - the less than salubrious surroundings of a dingy nightclub beneath a Liverpool fruit warehouse. It was here of course, in the Cavern Club,...
At over 120 years old, Glasgow’s ‘Clockwork Orange’ Subway tunnel system is the third oldest underground urban railway still in operation throughout the world. Originally powered by a ‘clutch and cable system and driven by steam-powered plant between West...

And now Crossrail 2

Now that Crossrail is 75 per cent complete (issue 146, December 2016), thoughts are turning to what comes next. Crossrail 2 is more than just a possibility. Transport for London has appointed Michèle Dix as managing director for the...

4LM+1

Four of London Underground’s lines suffer from a bit of an identity crisis. Individually they are well known; the Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines are familiar to both Londoners and visitors - they are the yellow, green,...
Glasgow’s Subway is the world’s third-oldest underground railway (after London and Budapest). When it opened in 1896, there was no rail connection to the surface so cars were lowered into the tunnels from the depot above. Although trains were steam-powered,...

Signalling Crossrail

Tunnelling for the £15 billion railway was completed last May with the final two TBMs, Elizabeth and Victoria, being decommissioned. The task of fitting out the tunnels and stations, installing track, OHLE and signalling is now well under way. Crossrail...
Subway passengers in New York are getting their first glimpses of the impressive modern architecture within the city's new $1.4 billion Fulton Center station. New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has officially opened the "fully digital transit and retail hub" which has...
The Stockholm Citybanan (City Line) is a new commuter railway tunnel currently under construction beneath central Stockholm, which will be used for the Swedish capital’s commuter rail service. The line will be six kilometres long, double track and electrified, and will...

Cables on the wall

Look out of the window as your train passes through a tunnel and what do you see? “Not a lot,” could be the answer, but if your window is close to the tunnel wall and the light shines out...

Keeping London on ICE

The Queen’s New Year’s Honours list recognised David Waboso, capital programmes director for London Underground (LU), with a CBE. David trained as a civil engineer. After a spell teaching, and then working on transportation schemes in the UK and a...

Crossrail opening goes back to 2021

The estimated completion date of Crossrail, the new railway running under London from West to East, has now been put back to...