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Video: National Records Centre

One of York’s most anonymous buildings houses the railway’s engineering memory - an archive of around nine million records dating back to the 17th century, but still expanding to take in documents from the...
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Video: Torksey Viaduct reopens

A new footpath has been officially opened across Torksey Viaduct, bringing function to a structure that has been quietly rusting since the railway it was built to carry closed in 1959. Designed by John Fowler in the late 1840s, the viaduct prompted considerable debate amongst the engineering fraternity due to...

Farnworth Tunnel – Once in a lifetime

Unique is an overused word and it’s often applied erroneously. Whilst all rail projects are different – due to the location and scheme design – there is always some commonality between, for example, every bridge replacement or track renewal. But the same cannot be said of the events at Farnworth last...
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Video: Cheshire viaduct repairs

New drainage systems are being installed on two Grade II listed viaducts as part of a £17 million investment on the West Coast Main Line. Dating from the 1840s, the structures’ original drainage had failed, causing track quality issues and numerous brickwork defects which are undergoing repair. An 11-day blockade...
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Video: Conwy Valley recovery

The railway network has suffered the consequences of a very wet winter, with some sections of line closing for several weeks. In North Wales, the Conwy Valley branch has been out of action since the 27th December due to the effects of severe flooding. Since then, a small orange army,...

Healing wounds

Before the advent of Xboxes and all-singing smartphones, kids signed up to a vivid, multi-sensory game accessed through a portal at the far end of the kitchen, known as ‘outdoors’. In the black and white era – albeit slightly rose- tinted – this was unfettered by health and safety, the...

Pressure points

Doncaster punches above its weight. From some angles, it looks like a dozen other Yorkshire towns – Rotherham, Castleford, Pontefract – but its position is significantly elevated by its strategic importance as a railway hub. It’s Crewe, but the right side of the Pennines. With six routes converging, Doncaster’s population can...

HS2 Leeds – Closer connection

For those of us afflicted by a get-on-with-it culture and a lifestyle built on thrift, there is something rather uncomfortable about HS2. Back in the autumn of 1890, visionary industrialist Sir Edward Watkin presented to Parliament his proposals for an ambitious new main line – 92 miles in length –...
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Video: Apperley Bridge Station formal opening

Apperley Bridge Station – on the line between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square – has been formally opened, five days after the introduction of a half-hourly train service. It is one of three new stations opening in West Yorkshire over the next few months, the others being at Kirkstall Forge...
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Video: Farnworth Tunnel

Work is being driven forward on the reboring of Farnworth Up Tunnel, on the commuter route between Manchester and Bolton, which is being enlarged to accommodate two tracks and overhead line equipment as part of the North West Electrification Programme. Despite carrying out extensive ground investigations, the project team was...

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