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BBC Radio 4, 11:00 tomorrow, Reversing Dr Beeching programme looks worth a listen

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This looks like a BBC broadcast worth catching, either live or by iPlayer. I know Scotland has been busy developing railways this last couple of decades but it surprised me to see no fewer than 62 stations reopened.

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Time to launch BBW 2011 (that’s bin bag and weedkiller, by the way) – Wednesday March 23

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Time to launch BBW 2011 (that’s bin bag and weedkiller, by the way) – Wednesday March 23

There’s an old saying that you only ever get the one chance to make a first impression – and it’s true. So, I wonder what first impressions railway passengers seeing sights like this for the first time take away with them as they ponder their maybe-costly rail fares?

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What is this plaque at King’s Cross? – Monday March 21 2011

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What is this plaque at King’s Cross? – Monday March 21 2011

I like to think I’m observant and with an eye for detail but occasionally get a reminder that many small interesting things slip beneath our radar every day.

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Once so full of life, now so very dead – Monday March 14 2011.

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Once so full of life, now so very dead – Monday March 14 2011.

Born and brought up in Burnley, my local Motive Power Depot was Rose Grove and as a student at the nearby Grammar School, it was but a short hop from classroom to platform. Well, it was a brisk 15-minute walk actually, but this nevertheless made it accessible during our 90-minute ‘lunch hour’ from 1215 to 1345. And we certainly made the most of this, most days, in our later years at the school.

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Keep your nerves in Mexico - Friday March 11 2011

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In 1999 I had the privilege of spending many miles on ‘the point’ (in the cab) of a Wisconsin Central train as it headed north from Chicago, heading for the Canadian border via places with names like Stephens Point, Neneh and Oshkosh. Marvellous.

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St Pancras movies as promised – March 9 2011

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As promised in my blog on March here are the movies I shot on the trusty old iPhone, giving a flavour of the superb event staged by HS1 at St Pancras International top unveil the massive Olympic rings hanging in front of the famous clock.

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Steam is still the universal symbol for trains! – March 9 2011

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Steam is still the universal symbol for trains! – March 9 2011

I was really impressed during a recent visit to the new East London Line train depot at New Cross, not least because it’s packed into a quite small and awkwardly-shaped site and has thus needed careful design.

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St Pancras never looked better - Tuesday March 8 2011

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St Pancras never looked better - Tuesday March 8 2011

I know, I know ... I promise to shut up about St P for a while, but the place just fascinates me!

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Boris Johnson & McFly share the same gig ... at St Pancras International! - Monday March 7

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Boris Johnson & McFly share the same gig ... at St Pancras International! - Monday March 7

Every now and then a PR team come along who really know how to create almost surreal promotional events that appeal across the age groups and demographics and which really stick in the mind - which, surely, is a big part of the whole point of PR.

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St Pancras' famous frontage emerges again! - Monday February 28 2011

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St Pancras' famous frontage emerges again! - Monday February 28 2011

After a decade or so shrouded in builders' screens and with it's zig-zag carriage road occupied by construction plant, delivery lorries and a double deck portakabin community, St Pancras'  famous Euston Road frontage is emerging again.

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