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Manchester
Airport opening
Hard working railway The approaches to Piccadilly
engineers and staff have station are extremely congest-
completed the new platform at ed with trains coming and
Manchester Airport station 11 going to virtually every part of
days early. Great Britain. Having the extra
With around 40% more trains platform gives us much more
using the west coast main line, flexibility and improves the
the new £15m third platform at overall performance of trains
the airport station is crucial to in the area.’
the success of the new Work started just over a year
timetable. ago. Adam Green, managing
Says Network Rail’s route director Carillion Civil
director, Peter Strachan, ‘The Engineering said, ‘Everyone
fact that the new platform is connected with this project
ready for use this early is a fan- has pulled together and collab-
tastic achievement and shows orated, which has meant that
Iron Rhine returns
just what partnership working it has been delivered not just
is all about. I congratulate every- on time, but earlier than origi-
one who has been involved. nally anticipated.’
The Dutch government has agreed to waive objections to the re- Germany have not always been smooth the line flourished.
establishment of the historic rail freight route, the ‘Iron Rhine.’ However it fell into disuse in the 1980s.
Under the Treaty of London, 1839, Belgium was allowed to build Now the flourishing sea port of Antwerp needs more freight
a road or canal between Antwerp and the German Ruhr – neces- capacity. The three countries plan to share the costs. The De
sarily crossing part of the Netherlands. Eventually a railway was Meinweg nature reserve will be left intact by taking the line under-
built in the 1870s. Although relations between Belgium and ground. Work starts next year.
Surfing safari on
Far North Line
Over your head
project which it envisages as a
hub for the many local and vis-
iting watersports enthusiasts,
particularly surfers and wind
surfers attracted by the
Pentland Firth. Local MSP and
railway supporter, Jamie Stone,
is backing the scheme. CSFL
wants to refurbish the slipway A Cheshire man is hoping to
and sea front. Outline planning patent a new upside down Says Keith, ‘Space is at a pre-
permission has been granted. model railway. mium these days in every
With funding secured the Keith Beadle’s over-your- home and that’s why I think a
project could go ahead next head solution to his Crewe model railway that runs on the
year. Water sports enthusiasts home capacity crisis has been ceiling is a winner. Children can
are expected to make good use to bolt the model railway lay watch the trains go round as
developers want to organise a of First ScotRail services on the out on to the ceiling. A series they go to sleep.'
Thurso’s station at the end yachting marina and kayaking line. With air and road access of electro-magnets keep the Toy maker Nathan Roberts
to the far north constrained byPlans to re-develop Thurso of the Far North Line is just 200 and pleasure craft at the sta- trains running. The project says, ‘Any ideas that encourage
cost, once again local rail chiefsharbour in Caithness could metres from the water. Ferries tion end of the town. has taken Keith three years. children to take an interest in
are standing by for increasedbring extra business to the currently leave from the Caithness Sports Facilities He now plans to patent the traditional toys like model
loadings.railway. Scrabster end of the bay and Ltd (CSFL) is progressing the system. trains should be encouraged.’
18 | RailStaff | December 2008
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