In the 1930’s The English Electric Company produced a series of booklets about its electrification projects of railways worldwide. No.51 (1932) covers the Bombay Suburban lines, the first to be electrified in India. These scans are of the original booklet.
Last week I got a look at the Severn Valley Railway‘s steam crane in operation, it doesn’t get used very often. It was at Eardington station removing the water tank, for restoration and reuse at Bewdley station, further down the line. The crane is an ex British Railways 30 ton breakdown crane, built by Cowans… Read More Severn Valley Steam Crane
The November 1926 edition of “The Railway Engineer” had a 12 page article on the construction of the newly opened City & South London Railway extension to Morden and the connection with the London Electric Railway and construction of the Kennington loop. This is today known as the Northern Line. The scans below are the… Read More City and South London Railway
I bought some large collections of images last year, slowing getting them scanned and uploaded. Here’s a few UK railway images from the late 19th & early 20th Century. Click on them to open the slide show, with captions.I’ve put another page of them in the gallery Thanks for reading. Check out my other posts… Read More Vintage railway images
The New Year holiday usually sees a James Bond film film on UK terrestial television. Last night was no exception, with ITV showing Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig. This is one of several Bond films that feature railways. The film opens with a chase after a stolen hard drive through Istanbul, ending up with Bond and… Read More Bond on Rails
I recently picked up a copy of “100 Places You Will Never Visit”, which included one railway entry, for the Moscow Metro-2. This is, it claims, a secret metro system created during the Soviet era to move government officials and the military around under Moscow. After searching various web pages, blogs and Urban explorer pages… Read More Moscow’s Secret Metro
This scooter popped up on Pinterest the other day. A person powered scooter that fits on the rails. Primarily designed for maintenance and inspection work, it can be carried by one person and will carry 50kg of equipment. Available from Safetrack in Sweden. So it’s time for a quick look at what other forms of… Read More Human Powered Rail Transport
No, I’ve not been there – yet. Though for a great view from the cab check out this Youtube cab view from a train on the Nordland Line from Trondheim to Bodø Thanks for reading. Check out my other posts on travel, heritage railways and more.Please like and subscribe for more random railways content. Follow… Read More By Rail through Norway
There’s a good article in Marie Claire about how President-elect Joe Biden has become known as “Amtrak Joe” Will he be using a Presidential train to get around instead of a 10 ton armoured limo? Maybe. He’s been a regular Amtrak user for years and took a train journey in September on the campaign trail.… Read More Will “Amtrak Joe” Biden be taking the Presidential train?
An unexpected purchase last week included volumes 3 & 4 of ‘Modern Railway Working’ dated 1913. The in depth and diverse articles included civil engineering subjucts such as tunnelling, bridges etc and station lighting, along with motive power, workshop practice etc. Here’s the article on Rail Motor cars. At the time they were a new… Read More Rail Motor Cars