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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This weeks blog post looks at how railway hazards are a global problem for any railway line
Sometimes humans can have a major impact on the railway network but mother nature, the environment and animals can also wreak havoc on the railway network here in the United Kingdom and globally.
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My blog post this week looks at Railways & Historic Vandalism:
“With all the current debates and arguments over the effects on the built and natural environment with the upcoming construction of HS2 it is worth remembering that from the beginning of the railway age there has always been an impact on the built and natural environment from the building of railway lines and related infrastructure.
The examples shown below are cases where construction of railway lines and related infrastructure have had an impact on historic structures and sites which have either been badly damaged or lost entirely.”
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A truly fantastic Article from Edward, looking at Britain’s steepest railway incline, where Banking Locomotives are still used to help trains climb the 1-in-37 hill today.
– Full Blog by Edward Kendal (RailwayManiac.com)
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Image From Simon Oddie
From The CAS Team
Compiled by Edward Kendall & Andy Carter