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Reasons to be cheerful – part two

Ian Walmsley

In the January 2009 issue I thought I would lighten the mood by listing the best things about the UK railway. Thirteen years on, it seems a good time to try that again

Ian Walmsley
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BROKEN ARROW

Ian Walmsley

If it ain’t broke – keep trying

Ian Walmsley
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REACH FOR THE WIRE

Ian Walmsley

Innovation where it is most needed, cutting the cost of electrification

Ian Walmsley
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WHAT’S NEW?

Ian Walmsley

A stroll around Railtex shows an industry down, but not out

Ian Walmsley
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TAKING BACK CONTROL

Ian Walmsley

The biggest research shock ever – cheaper signalling

Ian Walmsley
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The wrong name

Ian Walmsley

It’s never been done before…might there be a good reason?

Ian Walmsley
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Polishing the Crown

Ian Walmsley

Norwich Crown Point depot was opened in 1982 by Sir Peter Parker, British Rail Chairman. Nearly 40 years on, it has had a major upgrade for Swiss trains and a Dutch operator

Ian Walmsley
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The summer of (7)69

Ian Walmsley

I always thought this one was a bad idea

Ian Walmsley
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FREEDOM!

Ian Walmsley

Clayton Equipment celebrates 90 years – you’d like a locomotive with rails on the sides? No problem, comrade

Ian Walmsley
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Midland HST lament

Ian Walmsley

Pan UpBefore the last two HSTs in service on the Midland faded...

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