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December 31, 2013

International & UK Railway News Tuesday 31st December 2013

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Epic "404" for Italy's Messina Straits Bridge and TAV High Speed Rail To France - Industry Tap

Steam Locomotives Of A More Leisurely Era 1918 – ‘clan’& ‘clan Goods’ Highland Railway - The Staffie

High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Funding by Region | Federal Railroad Administration

High-speed railway to link Beijing, Shenyang - Chinadaily USA

Green Party calls for rail service to be re-nationalised

North Dakota oil train crash sparks fireball

The High Speed Rail Network of the Future - YouTube

HS2 will 'destroy' nature reserve

Shanghai railway authorities covered up fatal accident: report

Railway Tickets for 1st Day of Spring Travel Peak on Sale


Appeal for information after lorry tyre left on rail line in Cornwall

Roadworks cause Turkey’s state-of-the-art high-speed train track to collapse in Eski┼čehir

Alstom launches high-speed rail between Paris, Barcelona

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Other news stories

TfL to re-tender Sub-Surface resignalling - Railway Gazette

China opens seven new lines - Railway Gazette

National Rail Enquiries - Official source for UK train times and timetables

Timetable | North Yorkshire Moors Railway :: A steam train adventure through the stunning Yorkshire Moors

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways - 2014 timetables available for download

Updated Casselton Derailment Statement  here..from BNSF

December 30, 2013

International & UK Railway News Monday 30th December 2013

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Eurostar celebrates two record-breaking passenger milestones

Travel Biz Monitor :: Deutsche Bahn receives oeprating licence for Eurotunnel

As high speed rail is being dropped in California and France, it's time for Britain to take the hint

Primrose Hill set go to war to derail HS2: Residents furious their homes could be seized to make way for the scheme  

HS2 will boost numbers at run-down Wolverhampton train station

Harbin-Shanghai high-speed train service opens - People's Daily Online

High-speed railway to link Beijing, Shenyang - People's Daily Online

Last Train Home | POV | PBS (Film review and link)

Customers crash online railway ticket system - Headlines, features, photo and videos from|china|news|chinanews|ecns|cns

From other sources....

China opens seven new lines - Railway Gazette

GWR - Gloucestershire's mainline heritage railway - Latest 4F update

Tom and Erica Salmon | North Yorkshire Moors Railway :: A steam train adventure through the stunning Yorkshire Moors

Siemens trainees on heritage line - Railway Gazette

The failings of the 1993 Railways Act still haunt us today (Christian Wolmar)

Transport Committee - Ninth Report
High speed rail: on track?

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 9 December 2013.


Terms of Reference
Summary 1 Introduction 2 Is there a case for HS2? 3 Benefits and costs 4 Conclusion Conclusions and recommendations Formal Minutes Witnesses Published written evidence List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

December 29, 2013

International & UK Railway News Sunday 29th December 2013 - The Railwayana Website

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China's Railways Mileage Tops 100,000 km
S.Korean railway strike intensifies after gov't issues license for new subsidiary - WORLD -
Delhi: Kejriwal promises action in railway demolition drive that left over 150 families homeless
Deadly fire engulfs India train
High-speed rail opens up line of prosperity
Gallery: New rail bridge is hoisted into place
Heritage railway's future 'secure'
Other News........
'Suicide bomber' hits Russia's Volgograd train station

The Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway
The Trans-Siberian stretches nearly 6,000 miles between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast and was the most ambitious railway project in the nineteenth century. A journey on the railway evokes a romantic roam through the Russian steppes, but also reminds travellers of the vastness of our world and hints at the hardships that were endured in its construction.  


Freight Services - Linking Eurasia

One of the Company’s main strategic goals is to achieve full integration into the Eurasian transport infrastructure in order to expand the East-West and North-South transport corridors across our huge continent to give operators the benefits of door-to-door delivery and greatly reduced costs and shipping times.

Russian Railways run national and international freight services for all types of commodity, ranging from coal, iron ore, cement and oil and oil products to automobiles and grain using specialised tank, box, flat, open-freight and grain cars.

We also operate containers and provide door-to-door delivery across Russia and Eurasia for your goods, giving you real-time information on the progress and location of your shipment using our electronic trading platform.

Russian Railways is committed to improving lines and rolling stock and expanding and upgrading East-West and North-South transport corridors across Eurasia. Operators benefit from greatly reduced costs and shipping times, while Russian Railways gain from rising freight volumes and increased revenues.

Russian Railways also expedite delivery times by:
  • shipping freight containers within Russia and internationally using high-speed container trains;
  • delivering containers directly to the consignee’s warehouses;
  • employing simplified procedures at customs to ensure seamless transport across borders;
  • legalizing documents on transit freight transported in containers;
  • providing safe-passage for freight, with armed guards provided by the Russian Ministry of the Interior on all freight trains across Russia.


Dec 19, 2013

First transit container train departs from China to Nakhodka-East station via Suifenhe-Grodekovo border crossing

A demonstration container train consisting of forty wagons of transit cargo has left for the first time the People's Republic of China for the southern ports of China and the Republic of Korea via the Vladivostok region of the Far Eastern Main Line.

A special timetable schedule was developed specifically for this trip, with the train departing from the Grodekovo border station at 07:20 and arriving at the Nakhodka-Vostochnaya station at 18:00 Moscow time later the same day. Total travel time is 10 hours and 40 minutes.

Both China and Russia now need rail transport between Suifenhe-Grodekovo – Nakhodka-Vostochnaya (Vostochny Port) nowadays. Among Chinese shippers are large companies such as HuaShen, which dispatches between 300-600 containers every month loaded with paper, chemical products and agricultural products to China's southern ports.

This corridor is an alternative to the traditional route via the Chinese port of Dalian, which is now significantly overloaded. Rail transportation allows the shipment of goods in commercial quantities in the shortest possible time.

The project to develop an international rail connection between Suifenhe in China and Grodekovo in Russia was implemented in the framework of the decisions adopted by the Working Group of the Greater Tumangan Initiative (GTI) in October 2013.

One of the key areas of GTI cooperation is to organise transit shipments of Chinese exports via Russia's seaports in its Far East region. The regular dispatch of transit containers on this route will optimise the transport and logistics supply chain of goods from China's northern provinces and in the opposite direction by using the infrastructure of stevedoring companies of the Far East and Russian Railways.

Russian Railways Channel on YouTube

Published on 29 Dec 2013
Crossrail, London's £14.8bn rail programme, is approaching its halfway mark. Mark Odell reports on the magnitude of an undertaking that will connect the east and west of the city with a line that includes 21km of twin-bore tunnels dug beneath the capital.

For more video content from the Financial Times, visit

December 28, 2013

International & UK Railway News Saturday 28th December 2013 - The Railwayana Website

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Total Railway News
Headlines from selected media.
High-speed rail used to show China's mobilization capability|Politics|News|
Government drafts in consultants to keep HS2 plan moving - The Business Desk (registration)
New Rail Links to Boost China's Western Access - the Diplomat
California’s high-speed rail: delayed or derailed? (video)
HS2 campaigners reject economic benefit - Leamington Observer
 Mainline Steam ScheduleRailway Herald - Railtours

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Saturday 11th January 2014

The Deviationer (Pathfinder Tours)

  • 2 x DRS 20 and DRS 37 Crewe (pu) - Stafford (pu) - Lichfield Trent Valley (pu) - Tamworth Low Level (pu) - Nuneaton - Hinckley - Wigston South Curve - Kettering - Bedford - Cricklewood - Hertford North - Royston - Cambridge - Ely - Potter Group Terminal
  • DRS 37 and 2 x DRS 20 Potter Group Terminal - Ely (pu) -
  • 2 x DRS 20 and DRS 37 Ely - Manea - March East Junction - Whitemoor Junction
  • DRS 37 and 2 x DRS 20 Whitemoor Junction - March - Whittlesea - Peterborough - Spalding - Sleaford - Grantham
  • 2 x DRS 20 and DRS 37 Grantham - Nottingham - Trent Junction - Loughborough - Leicester - Hinckley - Nuneaton North Chord - Tamworth Low Level (sd) - Lichfield Trent Valley (sd) - Stafford (sd) - Crewe

Saturday 18th January 2014

The Old Battle Axe (UK Railtours)

  • DBS Class 90 London Finsbury Park (pu) - Potters Bar (pu) - Welwyn Garden City (pu) - Stevenage (pu) - Peterborough (pu) - Tyne Yard
  • DBS Class 66 (Pair) Tyne Yard - Newcastle - Forth Banks Branch - Newcastle - Blyth & Tyne Line - Bedlington Junction - Battleship Wharf (rev) - Winning Junction - Lynemouth Power Station (rev) - Marchey's House Junction - Newcastle
  • DBS Class 90 Newcastle - York - Peterborough (sd) - Stevenage (sd) - Welwyn Garden City (sd) - Potters Bar (sd) - London Finsbury Park (sd)

Friday 24th January 2014

The VSOE British Pullman Surrey Hills Luncheon Train (VSOE)

  • 35028 London Victoria (pu) - Staines - Woking - Guildford - Shalford - Reigate - Redhill - East Croydon - London Victoria

Saturday 25th January 2014

Buffer Puffer 11.0 (Pathfinder Tours)

  • DRS Class 37 (Pair) Crewe (pu) - Stafford (pu) - Tamworth Low Level (pu) - Rugby (pu) - Milton Keynes (pu) - Wembley Central (pu) - Kensal Green Reversing Siding (rev) - Clapham Junction (pu) - London Blackfriars (rev) - London Cannon Street (rev) - Lewisham - Hayes (rev) - New Cross Spur - London Bridge (rev) - North Dulwich - Clapham Junction - Battersea Rounding Loop (rev) - Brixton - Crystal Palace - East Croydon - Tattenham Corner (rev) - Norwood Junction (rev) - Sutton - Epsom Downs (rev) - Streatham South to North Junctions- via Fast Spur - London Victoria (rev) - Kensington Olympia - Wembley Central - Milton Keynes - Rugby - Tamworth Low Level - Stafford - Crewe

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express (Railway Touring Company)

  • 44871 and 45407 Manchester Victoria (pu) - Bolton (pu) - Preston (pu) - Shap - Carlisle
  • 44871 and 45407 Carlisle - Appleby - S&C - Hellifield - Blackburn (sd) - Bolton (sd) - Manchester Victoria

Jonathan Glancey: Giants of Steam. The Great Men & Machines of Rail’s Golden Age.
(Courtesy: Atlantic Books)
The cover of this enthralling book tells it all.. but only  the half of it!
True, the splendid appearance of the express steam locomotive at its best is magnificent to behold.. but behind the scenes are the engineers who dared to improve, refine and develop further Stephenson’s legacy to the world into the far distant future.
The “Mallard 75” and “The Great Gathering” (of the six surviving A4s) celebrations have come to a close at the National Railway Museum, York. Thousands have visited …. And enjoyed the experience. But exhibits in a museum, being static and lifeless, convey the very idea of something being very definitely of the past. Discerning eyes, though, see something else. They see the development of steam traction over the nearly 200 years of commercial service and use.. and the prospect of this continuing far into the future. Which is where this book “Giants of Steam” comes into its own..
We are introduced through this book’s pages to a veritable “Who’s Who” of engineers who made contributions to improving the steam locomotive’s capacity for power, speed  and its thermal efficiency. (Don’t worry about the technical expressions in the book…-and there are many-..there is a helpful glossary at the end of the volume)
Following on in the footsteps of Stephenson come…..George Churchward, Andre Chapelon, Kyosti Kylala, Louis Armand, Otto Jabelmann, William Woodward, Paul W Keifer, Vlastimil Mares, Lev Sergeyevich Lebedyansky, Kenneth Cantlie, Alan Griffiths Watson, Egide Walschaerts, Alfred Belpaire, Nigel Gresley, Oliver Bulleid, William Stanier, Dr Piero  Crosti, Ing. Attillio Franco, Dr Giesl, Livio Dante Porta, David Wardale…………and others….
Each of the above made significant contributions to the development of the steam engine..some quite radical designs… Gresley’s “Hush Hush”, Stanier’s “Turbomotive”, Bulleids “Leader” and turf burner for CIE, and Wardale’s 5AT…and Jonathan Glancey   argues persuasively that steam traction could still be developed further to maximise its full potential. The aggressive marketing techniques of diesel manufacturers and  a love affair with being “modern” have marginalized the very notion of steam traction. But in countries where indigenous fuel is available (and not expensive imported oil using up valuable home currency) and could be used to fire locomotives, then steam very definitely has its place.
Andre Chapelon has been described as a “passeiste” or “man of the past”. But thanks to such men of the past , steam traction may yet have a very useful future.     
Get your copy of this excellently researched book   HERE

                                              Jonathan Glancey (Courtesy: Atlantic Books)

December 27, 2013

International & UK Railway News Friday 27th December 2013 - The Railwayana Website

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Headlines from selected media.
Crossrail project on track at midway stage -
Delays ahead as major railway work starts
Number of railways passengers reaches 6.12mn in three months - Business Recorder
HS2 teeters on the brink as support crumbles

  • BART's new president calls for study of labor negotiation issues
  • UP might open New Mexico yard in late 2014
  • Ontario unveils RFP for Eglinton Crosstown light-rail line
  • Sound Transit elects new board leadership
  • AAR: U.S. intermodal volume up, carloads down in year's 51st week
  • Northern Frac Proppants arranges funds for more frac sand facilities in Wisconsin
  • NJ Transit rolls out new mobile ticketing app

  • High Speed Rail Summit - Washington DC 2014
    Plants, trees and animals - Network Rail

    Rail network: afternoon update, December 27
    Rail services are beginning to recover from last night’s storms but there remain some major challenges to overcome on the network.

    Hundreds of Network Rail engineers have been working to remove trees from lines, repair landslips and monitor flooding.

    Several routes, including Kent, had delayed starts this morning so their lines could be examined in daylight before trains could run.

    Robin Gisby, managing director of network operations, said: “This has been one of the most challenging periods we have faced in recent times and our engineers have been doing all they can to get things moving again.

    “There is an improving picture nationwide but passengers still need to check with their operators before setting off. We thank them for their patience in what have been very difficult circumstances."
    A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group, which speaks on behalf of the rail industry, said: "We’d like to apologise to passengers whose journeys over the festive period have been affected by the bad weather of the last few days. Strong winds have damaged overhead wires and brought down trees onto lines.

    "Hundreds of rail staff have been working round the clock to clear tracks but some services have started later than planned to ensure passengers can complete their journeys safely. As the bad weather passes, many services are getting back to normal but delays are still likely on some routes so passengers should check with their operator or National Rail Enquires before they set off.”

    The most serious impacts on the network are a temporary closure until 2pm of the northern end of the West Coast Main Line, north of Oxenholme, to repair damage to the overhead power supply. In addition, the line from London to Portsmouth via Haslemere is blocked by four landslips near Liphook. We are assessing the severity of those slips and we do not expect this line to reopen this weekend. In addition, there is another serious landslip blocking the railway at Ockley between Horsham and Dorking, and again we are assessing the damage.

    There are temporary speed restrictions in place on the East Coast Main Line north of Doncaster until later today, which will result in some lengthened journey times.


    December 26, 2013

    International & UK Railway News Thursday 26th December 2013 - The Railwayana Website

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    Headlines from selected media.
    Bullet train prices may drop: high speed rail official | Economics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS
    Tom Zoellner: Imagine what Michigan Central Station could be with high-speed rail
    International Maglev Board :: View topic - [NL] TU Delft interested in High Speed Maglev for NL
    Cautiously optimistic outlook for global rail industry | International Railway Journal
    USDOT allocates grant for New York station work; FRA boosts accident reporting threshold for 2014

    Quebec port sets bulk cargo record
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