Jul 2020 – Fawley, Hampshire

Last month a ‘fact-finding’ passenger train traversed the Fawley branch – also known as the Waterside line – carrying, among others, Network Rail Chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, and Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, as plans for a large new residential development at Fawley have revived hopes of restoring the rail link. The line could also give […]

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Apr 2020 – Yesterday TV Channel

With such far-reaching restrictions in place as a result of the pandemic, readers may be interested in a series entitled ‘The Architecture the Railways Built’, starting on ‘Yesterday’ at 8:00 pm on Tuesday 28th April. Although this may be a repeat from another channel, it provides something of railway historical interest at this time of […]

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Apr 2020 – Nationwide

Despite the good news reported in the story below, most railway path developments are currently on hold due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, including two big projects being managed by Railway Paths Ltd – the restoration of Bennerley Viaduct as an aerial walkway and visitor attraction, and the basic restoration of the GCR’s gothic-styled Levenshulme South […]

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April 2020. Birmingham, West Midlands

Archaeologists working at the site of the proposed HS2 Curzon Street Station in Birmingham have unearthed what is thought to be the world’s oldest roundhouse. Curzon Street was once the northern terminus of the London and Birmingham Railway, which opened throughout in 1838. According to Industrial Archaeology, the roundhouse was built ‘to a design by […]

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Mar 2020 – Nationwide

On BBC Radio 4’s ‘Farming Today’ programme on Thursday 5th March, a representative of the Open Spaces Society was interviewed about that organisation’s response to proposals by the Home Office, which would make trespass a criminal as opposed to civil offence (click here for further details). While the proposals are designed to protect communities from the nuisance […]

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Jan 2020 – Southern Area members

Southern Area members have been asking our correspondent about the fate of the plaque commemorating the Surrey Iron Railway on the wall of the former Young’s brewery in Wandsworth. This extract from an article in the August/September edition of ‘London Drinker’ magazine (published by Camra) provides the answer: ‘The new Sambrook’s Brewery in Wandsworth will […]

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