Latest updates

The most recent updates from my various webpages. To keep up-to-date on the topics covered, follow @andrew_grantham on Twitter for railways (and other things which interest me), and @ConcreteEar for sound mirrors and suchlike.

Railways of Afghanistan

If you thought Afghanistan was bereft of railroads, read on for a story of international intrigue, invasion plans, the Great Game, and powers imperial and hydro-electric.

  • Serhetabat – Torghundi railway (re)inauguration 23 February 2018
    Two ceremonies marking stages of work on the Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline were held on 23 February 2018, one in Turkmenistan to mark completion of the Turkmen section of …
  • AfRA signs contracts for Herat and Balkh administrative buildings 5 February 2018
    Contracts for the construction of administrative buildings for the Herat and Balkh railway directorates were signed on 3 February 2018 by Afghanistan Railway Authority Director General & CEO Moham …
  • Towraghondi railway photos 4 February 2018
    Mirwais Nab, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Turkmenistan, tweets two photos of railway modernisation works at Towraghondi on the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan border. Working rapidly continues on the constru …
  • Turkmenistan modernises Towraghondi rail line 3 February 2018
    Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov visted Serhetabat in late November to launch the “construction of new railway” from the Turkmen border to Towraghondi in Afghanistan, reported Turkme …
  • Khaf – Herat railway work stalled? 23 January 2018
    Work on Iran-Afghanistan railway (Khaf-Herat track) has stalled 4 unknown reason. Only half of d 64km track completed inside Afghanistan so far. An Iranian official, Abbas Nazari, in July 2017 said th …

Sound mirrors

Follow @ConcreteEar on Twitter for sound mirror news and updates.

  • 2018 Denge sound mirror open days 12 March 2018
    There will be two open days at the Denge sound mirrors this year. The open days are scheduled for 10:00 to 15:00 on Saturday 7 July 2018 and Saturday 1 September 2018. There will be a cash-only charge …
  • Kew sound mirrors 11 March 2018
    A pair of Richter Spielgeräte concrete sound mirrors in a small park on the banks of the River Thames at Kew in west London. Photographs taken on 11 March 2018.
  • Sunderland sound mirror goes viral 30 January 2018
    This tweet about the Sunderland sound mirror was a little bit popular! Delighted to discover Sunderland's sound mirror hidden behind the VW garage in Fulwell. It was built around 1917 to detect Z …
  • Denge sound mirrors from a drone 22 January 2018
    Kent, UK. Between the World Wars, before the invention of radar, parabolic sound mirrors were used experimentally as early-warning devices by military air defence forces to detect incoming enemy aircr …
  • Sketchbook drawing of an acoustic mirror 20 January 2018
    Acoustic Mirror – sketchbook drawing of an acoustic mirror for a current project, also known as a sound mirror, there’s lots of lovely stuff on them here: #wip #workinprogress …

Railways of Iraq

  • Pictures of Baghdad Central station 29 November 2016
    BBC report In pictures: The crown jewel of Iraq’s railway. See if you can spot the steam loco in the second and the last photos.
  • Mobile friendly 13 April 2015
    I have changed this website’s WordPress theme, so hopefully it should now be more mobile device friendly. Let me know if anything doesn’t work. Meanwhile, I would recommend following “Historical Railw …
  • New coaches for Iraqi Republic Railways 16 January 2015
    Tüvasaş has built 14 coaches for Iraqi Republic Railways, including 2 sleeping, 4 couchette and 2 restaurant cars — Railway Gazette (@railwaygazette) January 14, 2015
  • Derailment response vehicle for IRR 29 September 2014
    One of 7 Zagro derailment response vehicles ordered by Iraqi Republic Railways, on show at #InnoTrans — Railway Gazette (@railwaygazette) September 26, 2014
  • New Chinese train for Iraq unveiled 25 February 2014
    The first of the new inter-city trains for the Baghdad – Basra corridor has been rolled out by Chinese manufacturer CSR Sifang.

Other – travel and similar

If God had intended us to fly, He would never have given us the railways.

  • Thames Path – Putney to Richmond 11 March 2018
    A walk along the section of the Thames Path National Trail, heading upstream from Putney to Richmond, on 11 March 2018. It turned out that the annual Head of The River Race rowing competition was unde …
  • Thames Path – London Bridge to Putney 4 March 2018
    A walk along the second – at least when heading upstream – section of the Thames Path National Trail, from London Bridge to Putney. The section through central London is one that I’ve walked along man …
  • Thames Path – Thames Barrier to London Bridge 20 February 2018
    A walk along the first (or perhaps more commonly the last) section of the Thames Path National Trail, from the Thames Barrier to London Bridge. The official description of the Thames Path promises “pe …
  • Beside the sea in Withernsea 8 January 2018
    A trip to Withernsea, on the North Sea coast of Holderness in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on 31 December 2017.
  • Riding the Naumburg tram 22 December 2017
    A trip on one of the historic trams on Germany’s shortest tramway, the Naumburger Strassenbahn, in the town of Naumburg in Sachsen-Anhalt.