Category Archives: railways

First Arctic Commercial Shipping & UK Rail Electrification U-Turn

First Tanker Sails Over The Arctic Ocean A report in this BBC article highlights the first commercial ship having crossed the Arctic from Norway to South Korea transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG). This ship – the Christophe de Margerie – … Continue reading

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Stealth Station Closure? & Arctic Warms Rapidly

Arctic Warming Rapidly This Autumn: Hot, Hot, Hot The Arctic is far too warm this year in autumn when compared to other average years. Traditionally in November the arctic cools, freezing the Arctic Ocean’s surface and sea ice returns. 2016 … Continue reading

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Coupled Transport Systems & Start of the Anthropocene?

Coupled Transport Systems A recent Royal Society research article considers studying different transport modes together as “coupled systems”. The road networks and public transport networks in large cities such as London and New York should be studied as a holistic … Continue reading

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Rail Expansion Continues

Two new rail projects have made significant progress in June: the London CrossRail tunnelling and a brand new local railway station in South West England. CrossRail Tunnels Completed June saw the completion of 42 kilometres (26 miles) of the new … Continue reading

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Far South West Cut Off (Again) & Other Stories

Two Years Before Global Warming Exceeds 2 Degrees Warming Unless there is a significant change in emissions there is a strong likelihood that the two degrees temperature ceiling will be exceeded. A UK research programme, named AVOID, has shown that … Continue reading

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South Devon Railway Landslip

South Devon Railway Landslip A further example of extreme weather over the festive period has caused a major landslip on the South Devon Railway line. It was caused after an intense storm over the Christmas period. The average rainfall for … Continue reading

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A tale of two railways: Half a Century Later…

2013 marks two significant anniversaries for the UK railway system: the first affecting the national railway network was the “Beeching Report” and the other is a celebration of saving of a small section of rural line in Sussex, the Bluebell … Continue reading

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