Ian Walmsley

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Great Turbostar Journeys

Fed up with the pleasure being ripped out of rail travel? It is still possible to enjoy exploring by train

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GBR HQ: place your bets

The answer to the ultimate question is 42. The number of bidders for the new 222 Marylebone Road

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Staggering seats

PriestmanGoode offer the first-of-a-kind seat layout. Here is Proteus – brought to you by Innovate UK, Angel Trains and Chiltern Railways

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Return to Cardiff

‘The pithead bath’s a supermarket now’sang Max Boyce. At Canton the diesel fuel tank is now a substation, which doesn’t scan quite so well but is a sign of progress

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Gentlemen, please lift the seat

Train toilets are never pleasant places – this innovation might just make them better. Don’t read this over your breakfast, or if you think the innovation process works

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Turbostar phone home

Buy a new train these days and you get more remote condition data than you can shake a memory stick at. Cross Country’s Turbostars are getting down (loaded) with the kids

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Electrification deception

Discontinuous electrification is often suggested to reduce the cost of electrification – but only by people who know nothing about electrification

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The safety dance

The creation of Great British Railways is the opportunity to simplify the organisations called into existence by fragmentation, not least in the safety industry

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Reasons to be cheerful – part two

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

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BROKEN ARROW

If it ain’t broke – keep trying