This afternoon, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne got on a train from Cheshire to London. Despite only having a Standard Class ticket, he headed straight to First Class
, because (obviously) he couldn't sit with the Standard Class herd. So he sent an aide to tell the ticket collector that he was going to sit in First Class
, but was unwilling to pay. Sadly for him, the discussion took place right next to a journalist, who tweeted the whole thing.
This comes hot on the heels of Plebgate
, of course: the protagonist in that embarrassment resigned soon after Osborne's gaffe
, apparantly in an attempt to distract attention. [more inside]
In 1957, the year of the Treaty of Rome
, founding the European Economic Community and setting the aim of an "ever closer union", the national railway companies of West Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Holland (later joined by Belgium and Spain) launched the Trans Europ Express
, a joint network of first-class-only international trains for business travellers. [more inside]
Come, take a Train Ride
through India. You could take the Palace on Wheels
, and opt for a Luxurious Travel. Or, you can take one of the Super-Fast Trains
here, according to Indian standards that is. And hey, while you're at it, how about taking a train ride to one of our Hill Stations
? [more inside]
Trains of Russia
, photos from Pavoroz.com
, a site about the railways of Russia, the Baltics and the C.I.S. (Commonwealth of Independent States
). More than 50 000 pictures of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives, EMU and DMU trains, draisines, stations, tracks, etc. The collection is updated daily. The Turkestan-Siberian railway
. [more inside]
Forgotten and derelict,
the second-biggest railway station in Europe (after Leipzig), Canfranc
rots quietly in a valley in Northern Spain. It lost its international link to France when a runaway train
demolished a key bridge. Now the campaing to save the station has attracted hunger strikers
. More info
(mostly in French).
The Canadian Pacific Railway
was not just a railway, it was a way of life, as the many posters featuring ships
and vacation land
posters can attest. Travel along the rails to a different time . . .
A miniture underground railway,
known as Mail Rail has carried the post from one end of London to another. The system is closing down this weekend.
An employee gives her story.
Another quirky piece of London consigned to history....
'Three dead' in train crash
The day after our beloved Transport Secretary Stephen Byers apparently 'saved his job'
, the British rail system experiences another fatal accident. That's around 70 people killed on British railways in the last three years according to this chronology