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Victoria Line renaissance

When London Underground’s Victoria Line opened in 1968, it measured 21km long and was the first metro in the world to have Automatic Train...

Clockwork Orange reborn

Andrew Smith Hallidie was shocked to see a cart overturning on the steep San Francisco streets, killing five horses. He later stated that this...

London orbital rail network complete

London’s new orbital railway will be complete on 9 December 2012 when the new timetable will introduce a service of four trains per hour...

Crossrail heads for Heathrow

Work has begun on the Stockley Interchange in west London which will allow Crossrail services to operate to and from Heathrow. Network Rail, on behalf...

Reusing the Connaught Tunnel

Crossrail contract C315 is very unusual for a major new transport scheme such as Crossrail. It doesn’t involve major new works, like the other...

Jubilee Line Transformed

London Underground’s Jubilee Line has had an interesting history. The Stanmore section was originally part of the Metropolitan Line but became a branch of the...

Catch-22 at Liverpool Street

As the largest addition to the south east rail network in 50 years, the engineering challenges presented by Crossrail are well known. But while...

Paris Metro Line 1 – A New Beginning

The first line of the extensive Paris Metro network, now owned and operated by RATP, was opened on 19 July 1900. Running from Porte...

Quiet! Rail work in progress…

Stations are busy places. And when refurbishment and alterations are taking place, and parts of the concourse and platforms have disappeared behind hoardings, the...

Sub Surface Renaissance

Considerable publicity has already emerged on the new S stock trains being delivered to the Metropolitan Line. However, these are only part of a massive...