Latest updates

The most recent updates from my various webpages.

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.

  • President Ghani on railways 29 March 2015
    The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, discussed the political and economic priorities of the Afghan government with Robert Rubin, co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations in the USA on 26 Ma …
  • Uzbek Railways awarded new Afghan operations and maintenance contract 22 March 2015
    Last year the Afghanistan Railway Authority invited expressions of interest in contracts to operate and maintain the 75 km railway from Hairatan to Mazar-i-Sharif. On 15 March 20151 Afghanistan’s Mini …
  • Concept Layout for an Afghanistan Railroad 1 March 2015
    Advanced Geomatics & Design LLC’s website has some 2010 plans for a Concept Layout for an Afghanistan Railroad, running from Kabul to Kandahar and then paralleling the Iranian border through Pakis …
  • Euston station master’s Afghan order 8 February 2015
    TEN YEARS AT EUSTON Tens of thousands of railway passengers will miss the short, stout, cheery-faced figure of Mr T. P. Wenlock, station master at Euston who is retiring after 45 years’ service with t …
  • EU grant for the Afghanistan Railway Authority 16 January 2015
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the administration of a European Union (EU) grant for the Transport Network Development Investment Program. The EU grant will help upgrade the Afghanistan …

Sound mirrors

  • 2015 Denge sound mirror open day date 29 March 2015
    The 2015 open day at the Denge sound mirrors near Dungeness in Kent is on Sunday 19 July 2015. The opening times are 10.00-17.00, with last entry at 16.30. There are full details at the Romney Marsh C …
  • Selsey sound mirror history 6 March 2015
    The downloadable “Coastal Defence and Zeppelin Raids” chapter (number 9) of the Invasion threats and counter measures section of West Sussex County Council’s Great War West Sussex 1914-18 webpages fea …
  • Fulwell sound mirror repairs 19 February 2015
    Rare early warning #WW1 Acoustic Mirror repairs begin. £ from @EH_NorthEast w @SunderlandUK. #Fulwell #HeritageatRisk — EH North East Advice (@EH_NorthEast) February 13, 201 …
  • Warden Point sound mirror in the news 22 January 2015
    Lewis Dyson reports on the Warden Point sound mirror for Kent Online on 20 January 2015: A sound mirror used to detect enemy aircraft is in danger of being washed away in Warden Bay, Sheppey.
  • Aqulio music video with the Abbot’s Cliff sound mirror 11 January 2015
    Lancashire duo Aquilo‘s EP “Human” released on 8 December 2014 features the Abbot’s Cliff sound mirror (and other locations around Folkestone) in two videos. The song is “based around the idea of a de …

Railways of Iraq

  • 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.
  • 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 …
  • Hudswell Clarke steam loco model 23 June 2013
    The Middleton Railway in Leeds has this model of a 2-8-4T steam locomotive supplied to the Iraq Petroleum Co by Hudswell Clarke. This model was displayed in the entrance to Hudswell Clarke’s offices. …

Other – travel and similar

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

  • 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.
  • West Croydon ticket machine offers unexpected option 24 February 2014
    I was rather surprised to find a ticket machine at London Overground’s West Croydon station offering me the option of a ticket valid for travel “By West Anglia Great Northern only” when I was buying t …
  • Railway photography in Nazi Germany 4 April 2013
    Given the outbreaks of anti-photography paranoia which have occurred in Britain in recent years, I was amused to stumble across this 1938 Railway Gazette article “Amateur railway photography in German …
  • The Museum of Army Transport rail-ripper 15 March 2013
    Museum of Army Transport, Beverley: German railroad-plough