Once in a blue moon I’ll buy a copy of Modern Railways. It’s a Brit magazine which — although it does feature full-colour photos of trains — isn’t really a trainspotter mag. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.
It highlights developments in railways in Britain, and the other week I noticed the May edition in the newsagent, and bought it thanks to several relevant articles that looked worth reading, with lessons for Melbourne.
Double-decker trains — an interesting article looks at the pros and cons, and concludes that they are best used where dwell times are not a big concern, such as railway lines that are not high frequency, where there are a limited number of stops.
Alliance — explains this method of project management (at least, as used in the UK), which is relevant because it’s being used a lot here.
Would you believe it’s got a centrefold? Yep, of London track diagrams — for the Underground and National Rail lines. It’s a sampler from a full London rail atlas, but covers most of inner London. Very cool. It’s interesting to see how segregated the Underground lines are, but that cross-platform transfers are provided in a number of places. They also wisely have numerous locations where they can reverse trains.
London sub-surface resignalling delay — problems implementing CBTC (communications-based train control, also known in Melbourne as high-capacity signalling). The original contract with Bombardier has been cancelled, and Thales are stepping in instead, at a higher price. (Read about it here or this report from this week.)
We can learn from other jurisdictions — not just in the English speaking world, I might add — so it’s useful to keep an eye on what’s happening elsewhere in the world.
At least, that’s my excuse for buying a magazine with trains on the cover.