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Dragons of Sugar Island

Colin Garratt director of Milepost 92 ½ - picture library and photographers to the railway industry - begins a series of features derived from...

History of Russian Railways: Part 1 – The Tsars

Russia has one sixth of the world’s landmass and has more water than any other country within its borders. With the construction of various...

Sierra Leone’s lost British locomotives ride again

Ravaged by civil war and the Ebola pandemic, Sierra Leone is hoping the railway can help deliver a positive future for the country. Up until...

A Scottish Romance – the rise and rise of Scottish Railways

Report by Colin Garratt of Milepost 92 1/2 Railfuture Scotland has proposed reopening more lines and 50 new stations, publishing ambitious plans designed to maximise...

Steam Drama at King’s Cross

The Olivier Award-winning stage version of Edith Nesbit’s ‘The Railway Children’ is set for further performances during school holidays this year at its purpose-built...

Churchill Remembered

Today (30 January 2015) marks the 50th anniversary of the funeral of Winston Churchill. The National Rail Museum will be displaying the locomotive 34051 ‘Winston...

More than a match

Chris Nutty is an educational project worker for the train drivers’ union ASLEF. Here he tells the story of a little known piece of...

Great War Railwaymen

A railwayman who has served in the Territorial Army has written a book about the sacrifice of the thousands of railway staff who died...

NCB Collaboration

Two steam trains have stood side by side at Whitby station for the first time in 50 years to mark the opening of North...

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...

Gare du Nord Bon Anniversaire

Paris Gare du Nord is 150 this year and it’s starting to show. Europe’s busiest station has been at the centre of a number of modernisations...

Atlantic Concert heralds Mallard Swansong

Locomotives, Dominion of Canada and Dwight D Eisenhower, have departed Britain sailing from Liverpool for Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the Atlantic Concert. Both locos received a...

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...

Flying Scotsman cleared for take off

Work on restoring the Flying Scotsman, making it fit for main line operations, will continue after doubts about the feasibility of the project were...

The fall and rise of Britain’s railways

Part 6: Sectorisation This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Beeching’s ‘The Re-Shaping of British Railways’. Colin Garratt reports 2013 also sees the thirtieth anniversary...

Magic on the British Pullman

The Venice-Simplon Orient Express (VSOE) holds a special affection in the mind of both railway insiders and outsiders. To travel in this iconic train...

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...

Top backing for heritage railways

Relaxed planning rules and a simplified procedure for modest extensions to heritage lines are among the supportive recommendations proposed by the All Party Parliamentary...