Railways

Big hitter: Pete Waterman

Pete Waterman on hits, HS2 and gay clubbing

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Pete Waterman tells Michael Hann how to make a hit record

We’re all poorer for the loss of our small rail lines

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Forget more roads – trains connect the ancient and the unspoiled to the modern and the busy

Why driverless showers are key to the housing crisis

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Although it is commonly assumed that faster-than-sound passenger travel died with Concorde, this isn’t quite true: it overlooks the Caledonian…

What would Charles Darwin have made of trainspotters?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Why are men so much more likely to be interested in trains than women? I believe this to be a…

Is Donald Trump a man we can do business with? An insider’s verdict

1 April 2017 9:00 am

How good a businessman is Donald Trump? Maybe the answer doesn’t matter, since barring death or impeachment he’ll be the…

An elegant curiosity: Thomas Telford’s Pontycysyllte Aqueduct in north-east Wales, completed in 1805, is the longest and highest in Britain and a World Heritage Site

Thomas Telford: a man, a plan and 17 canals

21 January 2017 9:00 am

During David Cameron’s years as prime minister, an unobtrusive figure could be seen slipping out of the back entrance to…

Sorry, Philip Hammond, autumn Budgets aren’t a new idea

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Autumn Budgets Philip Hammond announced that in future the Budget will be held in autumn rather than spring. This is…

Grand visions: Birmingham’s Bull Ring shopping centre in 1965, a year after completion

Birmingham can be maddening – but culturally it has a lot to teach London

27 August 2016 9:00 am

On Saturday night, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra makes its first appearance at the BBC Proms under its new…

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

How they tried (and failed) to make ‘La Marseillaise’ nicer

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Friendly words England football fans sang ‘La Marseillaise’ in a friendly match at Wembley. The anthem has not always been…

Rail nationalisation: Jeremy Corbyn’s stupid flagship policy

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amid all the excitement about David Cameron this week, I fear that Jeremy Corbyn’s first major policy announcement may have…

How many party leaders get nearly 60% in their membership vote? More than you’d think

19 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s their party Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership contest with 60% of the vote among four candidates in the…

‘Pleasures of a sea voyage’ from Three Men and a Bradshaw

Where are the green silk blinds of the once luxurious Metropolitan Line?

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Most current writers on railways don’t want to appear at all romantic lest they be shunted into the ‘trainspotter’ siding.…

Christine Lagarde didn’t create the Greek crisis. But she might not survive it

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The Greek drama took a turn few of us expected last week, when the world thought compromise was imminent. What…

Tallulah Bankhead — at home in louche Maidenhead

Oscar Wilde, Christine Keeler, Ivor Novello and Isambard Kingdom Brunel make unexpected companions on the Great Western

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Readers who have put in some time on the railways may remember the neat, brush-painted graffiti that appeared in 1974…

Won’t someone please unleash the challenger banks?

14 March 2015 9:00 am

In my Yorkshire town of Helmsley the NatWest branch, originally an outpost of Beckett & Co of Leeds, has closed…

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in…

High-speed fail

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A year ago the electoral strategies of the two main parties seemed set. The Conservatives would stand as the party…

A is for Artist, D is for Dealers

26 October 2013 9:00 am

‘S is for Spoof.’ There it is on page 86, a full-page reproduction of a Nat Tate drawing, sold at…

Nobody takes a flight from London to Manchester. So why would we take HS2?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

From Edinburgh airport there are more than 45 flights a day to London. And, I imagine, the same number back.…

Welcome to Ryanair Britain

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Local councils, banks, railway companies and the taxman have all learned the art of ‘pirate pricing’

As high speed rail is being dropped in California and France, it's time for Britain to take the hint

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The government’s high-speed rail plans will never be implemented

Hailo matters more than HS2 – but we just can’t see it

2 March 2013 9:00 am

One of Britain’s exam boards was attacked last year for a question in a GCSE religious studies examination: ‘Explain briefly…