Posts tagged with ‘railway’

Didcot Power Station before and after

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Two views of Didcot Power Station taken from Didcot Parkway railway station. The first was taken on 12 March 2013, less than two weeks before the power station closed. The second is from 27 July 2014, just after three of the cooling towers were demolished.

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Why take the train then complain?

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The BBC News website carried an ariticle today on growing dissatisfaction with rail fares. Now fair enough, the article makes some valid points. No-one likes the above-inflation rises in ticket costs that we see each year, and it is undoubtedly cheaper to travel by train in many other European countries. However, what made me laugh […]

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Time for Channel Tunnel lorry rethink

Friday, 12 September 2008

Travellers hoping to use the Channel Tunnel face huge disruption again today following a serious fire in the tunnel yesterday. This is the third major fire in the Channel Tunnel’s history, the others occurring in 1996 and 2006. In all three instances, the fire started on board a train carrying lorries. Four types of train […]

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Standing up to yobs

Saturday, 9 August 2008

This week has seen the disgraceful case of a woman, Linda Buchanan, being pushed onto a railway line by two young men, apparently after she had reminded them that smoking isn’t allowed on stations. Interviews the following day give a slightly different version of events, suggesting that Mrs Buchanan had spoken to them about smoking […]

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How to avoid TheTrainLine fees

Monday, 31 December 2007 is a website that allows UK rail passengers to buy their tickets online. It has just introduced booking fees, meaning that a ticket booked with TheTrainLine now costs more than buying the same ticket at the station. Fortunately, there are alternatives. The slippery slope to booking fees started some years ago, when TheTrainLine introduced […]

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Farewell free tea and coffee

Sunday, 11 November 2007

From today, many of the trains serving the UK’s National Rail network will be operated by different companies. One of the changes sees Midland Mainline’s service, which connected cities such as Leicester and Sheffield with London, merged with local services on the eastern part of the network formerly operated by Central Trains. I for one […]

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Most don’t put their feet on seats

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

First it was reported that a 19-year-old woman, Kathleen Jennings, was appearing in court charged with putting her feet on the seat of a train. Train operator Merseyrail has been running a campaign against this since February, and there are apparently posters all over the trains and stations warning people. Then this afternoon, it was […]

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Eurostar beats Ryanair even without check-in

Thursday, 23 August 2007

I was quite pleased to see Ryanair get into trouble with the ASA over a misleading advert. The airline claimed it is quicker and cheaper to fly from London to Brussels than to take a Eurostar train. Of course, this is very misleading as Eurostar takes passengers right from one city centre to the other, […]

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Sky high arrogance

Sunday, 18 March 2007

Many people have blamed both sides in the dispute between BSkyB and Virgin Media, but over the last week or two it appears that Sky have launched a vendetta against their competitor. First, to fill in the background: the two companies couldn’t agree on the price that Virgin pays Sky to show Sky’s “basic channels” […]

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Rail remains safer

Saturday, 24 February 2007

Despite having heard the news of a fatal rail crash in Cumbria, I didn’t think twice about boarding a train this morning. In fact, it never occurred to me that I should think about it at all. But now I see the sensationalist media have articles such as Crash is major blow for railways, with […]

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