CAS Weekly 29/08/15


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From The CAS Team

Calling All Stations would like to wish Edward Kendall, the usual compiler of The Weekly and author of, a speedy recovery.

CAS Weekly 20/02/15

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  • IC82 is back this Sunday with a new YouTube series.

UK Rail

  • GBRf are enlisted by Serco to haul the Caledonian sleeper for the next 15 years. They’ll be using a mixture of Class 90’s, 47’s and refurbished 73’s during their stint.
  • The East Anglia franchise, currently operated by Abellio, is out for tender.
  • A recent survey highlights the continuing decline of rail customer satisfaction…
  • …And surprise surprise, the rise of Social Media as a tool for passengers to voice this dissatisfaction.
  • But what we really want to know is, which train operator has the best ticket punches?
  • And which train operator went all gooey for Valentines Day?
  • …in a time where critics are calling for the return of nationalisations, the BBC’s Timeshift will take a look at the golden age of BR next Thursday.
  • Speaking of which, The Beauty of Transport is doing a series on British Rail’s corporate identity.
  • London Underground’s D-Stock trains could find a new life for themselves in Manchester.
  • Whilst back home The Victoria Line will be part closed for a month.
  • Danny Dyer has a go at tube announcements. Warning: It’s dreadful.
  • The London Transport Museum will host Londonist’s Matt Brown, who will be talking about Tube Secrets at the Hidden London Treasures Exhibition in April.
  • This article surfaced on Twitter this week, showcasing this rather quirky Brighton curiosity: The first every Electric Railway in Britain.

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Exploration: The Fallowfield Loop (A Christmas Adventure)

This Christmas (2014) I was visiting family in South Manchester. Whilst plotting my route for the drive from London I discovered on the map a long strip of empty land near their house that looked suspiciously like an old railway bed…

The Fallowfield Loop formerly provided access to Manchester Central Station from the Hope Valley Line to the east and Sheffield via a 10 mile sweeping detour of the city centre. The line is now an answer to London’s Northern Heights and is a footpath and cycle parkway which even has it’s own website and organisation.

Well of course I had to check it out… My time in Manchester was limited, so fresh from opening presents (most of which were train related of course), we stepped out for a crisp Christmas Day stroll. This was in no way a ruse to check out The Fallowfield Loop…

Full Loop

As it was Christmas Day I felt it was perhaps mean to subject Leah to the full 10 miles, so we just explored a short section in Levenshulme. It’s my intention to one day return to do the full loop so I will save the full history lesson until then, but for now – click on a photo to find out more:

At some point I shall return to complete the other 9 or so miles and visit the other 3 stations on the line. Until then, if you want to check out the loop yourself, here’s the full route:

CAS Weekly: 02/01/15

Image by Joel Goodman (Manchester Evening News)

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Side Tracked: 2nd City Crossing Approved

Progress it seems at last, as fans of trains-that-run-on-roads excitedly read that Manchester Metrolink’s 2nd city crossing is approved.

It might not have the glamour of London’s new under construction city crossing, Crossrail; or the huge price tag of yet undecided HS2 – but The Met’s 2nd city crossing will provide much needed relief to a congested transport network.

Manchester Metrolink Map

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