Archive for category: Heritage

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 of millions of unsuspecting Londoners and passing many of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, the Post Office Underground Railway – Mail Rail – ran between 1927...
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Video report: Insight into the charity that looks at disused railway structures

Insight into the charity that looks after more than 650 disused railway structures with the intention of them hosting foot and cycle paths.
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Video: Chorley flying arches

Chorley’s historic flying arches have been restored to their rightful place above the Bolton to Euxton Junction line after seven years in storage. Read more
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Chorley flying arches return

Chorley’s historic flying arches have been restored to their rightful place above the Bolton to Euxton Junction line after seven years in storage. Writes Graeme Bickerdike The 16 masonry structures,[...]
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Weapon of war

The coming of the railways in the 19th century revolutionised military planning. The First World War saw the railways put to use as a major weapon of war. For the first time it became possible to mobilise millions of men and keep them supplied hundreds of miles from home. Colin Garratt reports World War One […]
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Hong Kong’s double-decker tram celebrates 110 years

One of the world’s last-remaining double-decker tram systems has celebrated 110 years of service. The Hong Kong Tramway, which operates a fleet of 163 two-floor trams, opened on July 30,[...]
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The role of railways in WW1

Every evening at 8 o’clock in Ypres in Belgium, four buglers from the town’s volunteer fire brigade assemble under the imposing Menin Gate. Passers by fall silent as the men sound the Last Post. The local police chief, Pierre Vandenbraambussche, instituted the practice as an expression of thanks by Belgium for those who died to […]
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The role of railways in WW1

Every evening at 8 o’clock in Ypres in Belgium, four buglers from the town’s volunteer fire brigade assemble under the imposing Menin Gate. Passers by fall silent as the men sound the Last Post. The local police chief, Pierre Vandenbraambussche, instituted the practice as an expression of thanks by Belgium for those who died to […]
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Derbyshire rail tunnel named world’s oldest

The Guinness World Book of Records has awarded a rail tunnel in Derbyshire, which was unearthed by archaeologists last year, the title of world’s oldest. Located in Fritchley near Crich,[...]
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The fall and rise of Britain’s railways: Part 5

This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Beeching’s ‘The Re-Shaping of British Railways’. Writes Colin Garratt 2013 also sees the thirtieth anniversary of the Serpell Report. These two events mirrored the tempestuous undertones of railway policy in the years following World War Two. In this eight part series, Colin Garratt of Milepost 921⁄2 outlines...
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Hiroshima tram girls remembered

Morino Nakamura will not be a name familiar to most people in Japan and even less so to those outside of the country, but her place in history is guaranteed[...]
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