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.

  • Railway to a place of evil memory 26 June 2016
    KHYBER PASS RAILWAY. A railway has been opened through the Khyber Pass—a place of evil memory to British troops and a nightmare to India. The railway is 27 miles long from the entrance to the Pass to …
  • No work, no trade on empty Silk Road in northern Afghanistan 25 May 2016
    “Afghanistan’s once teeming Silk Road border town of Hairatan, a door to Central Asia, sees few travellers these days — its decline a barometer of economic depression in the country’s north”, says AFP …
  • Jalalabad railway survey 15 May 2016
    A survey for a railway from Peshawar in Pakistan to Jalalabad in Afghanistan is to be launched soon, reports The News International1 citing an Afghan Ministry of Public Works press release (which I ca …
  • One Belt and One Road seminar 9 May 2016
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs Holds Seminar under the Theme of “One Belt and One Road” Kabul – The Center for Strategic Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan …
  • Herat to Torghundi railway study comissioned 20 April 2016
    On 4 April 2016 Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Works signed a contract for Canadian consultancy Canarail to undertake a technical feasibility study for a proposed railway which would run from Herat …

Sound mirrors

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

  • 2016 Denge sound mirror open day 12 June 2016
    The RSPB – which now owns the site – is holding an open day at the Denge sound mirrors on Saturday 23 July 2016, from 10:00 to 15:00. Open days are the ONLY WAY to access the Denge listening ears. Sat …
  • ‘Remembering 1916’ exhibition in Croydon 22 March 2016
    The Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front exhibition about the First World War in the year 1916 is being held at the Whitgift Exhibition Centre in south Croydon from 12 March to 31 August 2016. …
  • Winding by FunKingPoets 7 March 2016
    Winding, a track from the album One Day by FunKingPoets, with images of the Denge sound mirrors.
  • Huw Morgan’s Sound Mirrors 31 December 2015
    Huw Morgan is a composer, organist and conductor is “drawn to the power of ancient, haunted landscapes and their lost inhabitants; fascinated by impermanence, space, and time.” This is the first perfo …
  • Psychogeographic study of a sound mirror 29 November 2015
    sound mirror (abbott's cliff, dover) from Rhi Bowen on Vimeo.

Railways of Iraq

  • 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 pic.twitter.com/CM4IdLrKvC — 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 pic.twitter.com/J0HmL5iUER — 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.
  • Egyptian Railways website 5 December 2013
    Mark Goldfinch, author of the excellent book Steel in the Sand, has an unofficial website on Egyptian Railways. The Egyptian Railways Diwan is described as “a website and blog area intended to fill th …

Other – travel and similar

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

  • Crystal Palace FC steam train 15 May 2016
    Crystal Palace FC organised a steam-hauled train from Clapham Junction, Selhurst and West Croydon to Southampton for their final league game of the 2015/2016 season on Sunday 15 May 2016. Here it is p …
  • Zagreb funicular railway 8 June 2015
    The funicular railway in Zagreb, Croatia, is a whole 66 metres long. There is lots of information about the Zagreb funicular at the Funimag website.
  • Eurostar Velaro on test in Brussels 5 May 2015
    A short and shaky video of a new Siemens Velaro high speed trainset for Eurostar, on test at Brussels Midi station on 25 April 2015.
  • Tours tram wireless operation 18 January 2015
    Videos of Alstom Citadis 402 trams in the French city of Tours switching from 750 V DC overhead to APS ground-level power supply, outside the main station. APS catenary-free operation is used on a 1·8 …
  • Steam loco at InnoTrans 2014 2 October 2014
    HF Wiebe GmbH’s Hanomag 9445/1925 0-4-0T ‘Emma’, offering cab rides at the InnoTrans 2014 trade fair held in Berlin, Germany, during September 2014.