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.

  • CIA information on the Torghundi freight terminal 22 January 2017
    In an attempt to pin down more precisely the opening date of the railway from Serhetabat in Turkmenistan to Towraghandi in Afghanistan, I had a look at some CIA documents which are now publicly availa …
  • 1425 km of railway by 2020? 21 December 2016
    “Following Brussels conference, efforts on card to construct 1,425km in the country up to the year of 2020”, said Head of Afghanistan Railway Authority Abdul Bari Sediqi. He said that also Afghanistan …
  • Opening celebrations 29 November 2016
    Look for the dancers with the mock-up of a Chinese-built train at 1:40: And at the border:
  • Presidents open Turkmenistan – Afghanistan railway 28 November 2016
    The 1st train crossed Turkmen/Afghan border arrives at Aqina, marks the 3rd active railway connection with our neighbors. @RECCAfghanistan pic.twitter.com/ddf5Z9TegU — Wahid Waissi (@WahidWaissi) Nove …
  • Afghanistan’s railway door to Europe 21 November 2016
    Some pictures have appeared showing the new railway at Aqina on the Turkmenistan – Afghanistan border. #Aqeena railway gate,Door to #Europe from #Afghanistan.In near future will inaugurate pic.twitter …

Sound mirrors

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

  • Stuck at Dover? See a sound mirror! 25 July 2016
    The Guardian article How to amuse yourself in a 14-hour queue at Dover suggests: “The A20 between Folkestone and Dover can be an area of breathtaking beauty, with sea views and endless greenery to dis …
  • Covenant names new single Sound Mirrors 14 July 2016
    Swedish band Covenant has announced that its new single to be released on 26 August 2016 will be called ‘Sound Mirrors’. Music publisher Dependent says: Covenant’s new single ‚Sound Mirrors’ gives us …
  • Drone films Denge sound mirrors 13 July 2016
    Filming with a drone – The Dungeness Sound Mirrors. pic.twitter.com/Kc2zZ0CZJW — Tim Paine (@TimPaine) June 25, 2016 CEMEX UK commissioned ECP Video to produce a short documentary on the history of th …
  • “Obscure functionalism melting into majestic land art” 12 July 2016
    "Sound mirrors are no longer a failed technology. They are art." https://t.co/cNQixCkKxD pic.twitter.com/2gbC02lJ4T — theQuietus (@theQuietus) July 11, 2016 The mirrors’ fruitlessness may be …
  • 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 …

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 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.

Other – travel and similar

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

  • Memorial effigies at Lingfield church 22 January 2017
    Memorials at the church of St Peter & St Paul in Lingfield, Surrey, photographed on 21 January 2017. The impressive tomb and effigy of Sir Reginald de Cobham, 1st Baron Cobham of Sterborough. And …
  • 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 …