HS2 & It’s Impact on One Town

My blog post this week looks at the High Speed 2 railway line and it’s impact on the town of Long Eaton in Derbyshire:

I feel myself torn between being on the pro and anti side for the construction of the High Speed Two railway line. There are many positive benefits to the construction of HS2 as well as negative impacts and the money spent on HS2 could be better used to upgrade and providing extra capacity to our largely late Victorian railway network to bring it up to a modern and efficient railway network for the modern age. As an example of the positive and negative impacts of HS2 I decided to look at the route it will take through my old hometown of Long Eaton and the positive and negative impacts HS2 will have on the overall area. Continue Reading >>

Edward Kendall
http://www.RailwayManiac.com

RailwayManiac: The Cross City Line Extenstion Proposal

A look at the Birmingham Cross City line and a possible future extension:

The Cross City line in its modern form came into existence in 1978, as a project of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE) The  7.4 million Cross City line project was sanctioned in May 1975 and launched on 8 May 1978. It involved consolidating the services into Birmingham from north and south into a single through service, and the re-opening of Five Ways station (the original had closed in the 1940s), and new stations to serve the University of Birmingham and Longbridge (the original station at Longbridge was on the branch line to Halesowen and Old Hill) several of the other stations were rebuilt at the same time.

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Edward Kendall
http://www.RailwayManiac.com

RailwayManiac: The Allington Chord

For a look at how a local train service were separated from the congested East Coast main line take a look at my blog post on “The Allington Chord”

During my lifetime I have seen two major changes to the railway line from Nottingham to Skegness and the train services that run along this railway route. The first of these changes was the withdrawal of The Jolly Fisherman trains which started operating in 1908 and connected the Midlands and parts of Yorkshire to the resort of Skegness. Many summer weekends during my childhood were spent catching The Jolly Fisherman during the summer which by the 1980s ran from Derby to Skegness.

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Edward Kendall
http://www.RailwayManiac.com

RailwayManiac: Railway Air Services

For a look at when the ‘Big Four’ railway companies operated domestic airline services within the United Kingdom take a look at my latest blog post on Railway Air Services

Even back in the 1920s the “Big Four’ railway companies were aware of the development of transport especially the growth of the domestic airline industry which they perceived as a serious threat, so in 1929 the ‘Big Four’ – GWR, LMS, LNER and SR – obtained Parliamentary approval to run their own air services. Apart from SR’s unsuccessful attempt to take control of Imperial Airways nothing much happened until 1931 when the four railway companies made an arrangement with the then Imperial Airways Ltd. for urgent freight and parcels addressed to a destination on any air route operated by Imperial to be handed in at certain railway stations and forwarded at an inclusive freight charge.

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Edward Kendall
http://www.RailwayManiac.com