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Archive for May, 2012

ROSCO Rip-off!

At least one good thing (and probably only one) has come out of the government’s look at the costs of our railway system.   There are, we are told, £3.5 billion of ‘inefficiencies’ and out from under the stone has crawled the scandal of the ROSCOs, the Rolling Stock companies who actually own all our railway […]

5043 – a fabulous performer but why?

I can’t begin to say what a marvellous engine 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe is. It continues to tear up the record books as far as performances go, on Shap, in Scotland and on its home patch. Indeed, pretty much everywhere it goes, it flies the flag for the very best of what GWR locomotive […]

Two good news stories from the GWR network

It is easy to get gloomy and grumpy-old-man-ish about how the GWR heritage is being slowly lost as the network is modernised so it is nice to be able to comment on 2 stories that show that same heritage being recreated. Firstly, Hagley station footbridge in the West Midlands has been refurbished at a cost […]


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