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Leading innovators – includ- exhibition organisers Mack
ing the Rail Media Group – will Brooks. With almost twenty
Cuddle Room Railtex be at the show. Says RailStaff's different seminars already
Tom O’Connor, ‘It’s a great booked, and participating
opportunity to meet up with companies such as Alstom,
returns old friends and new. As well as Bombardier, Corus and
seeing new ideas and equip- Westinghouse, this will be a not
ment on display, the show is to miss part of your visit. So
watch out for our FebruaryRailtex 2009 is shaping up to well worth it for the potent
issue of the rail engineer andbe more popular than ever as exchange of ideas – we’ll be
our railtex special, which willit returns to Earls Court in there and look forward to see-
have full details of the semi-London. ing as many of our readers and
Visitors will be able to make advertisers as we can – plus nars, together with up to date
A new high speed rail link nine Alta Velocita trains a day centre for children and par- greater use of the improved we’ll be making a special wel- news on exhibitors.
which opens this month between Milan and Rome. 14 ents includes nappy chang- West London line. Organisers come for all who take part in The exhibition runs from
between Milan and Bologna more will operate between ing facilities, secluded areas say exhibitors are lining up the RailStaff awards. 10th to 12th March 2009 and
will speed up journey times Bologna and Florence. for feeding and a small play- and interest in the show is Our sister title, the rail engi- we’re on Stand 216 – see you
and frequencies between Family travel is proving ground for children aged up high. Undaunted by the neer is running Engineering there.’
north and south Italy. increasingly popular on the to six years. However, fami- alleged recession, railway Seminars on
Using the new link will cut railways in Italy. So much so lies shouldn’t have to wait companies are pushing ahead behalf of
journey times between Rome that attentive rail officials long for a train as further ser- with ambitious programmes
and Milan to three and a half have opened a ‘Cuddle Room’ vices are planned for next to develop the
hours. Trenitalia plans to run at Bologna Centrale. The new year. industry.
Iconic viaduct reopens as traffic-free route
Children from Thornton Primary School are first to enjoy the new route,
part of the Great Northern Railway Trail.
The Grade II listed viaduct closed to traffic in 1965
but now hosts walkers and cyclists.
The third section of the Great Northern Forum, a consortium of supporting local organi-
Railway Trail crosses the viaduct. When linked sations.
together, they will create a picturesque, traffic- David Hall, Sustrans’ Yorkshire Regional
free route linking Queensbury and Cullingworth, Director, said “The local landscape at Thornton is
mostly along the trackbed of a heavily engi- quite outstanding. Many people had no idea of
neered line known by locomotive crews as ‘The the dramatic views across the valley which are
Alpine Route’. Built between 1876 and 1884, it now accessible to people as they stroll or ride
Children from Thornton was characterised by deep cuttings, high along the railway trail.”
Primary School, which occupies the site of the vil- embankments, tunnels and wonderful viaducts. The new half-mile section took four months to
West Yorkshire’s iconic Thornton lage’s former station, were excused lessons to join Closure came in 1965. construct and the entire six-mile project is
Viaduct has reopened for the first time in nearly the official celebrations whilst local historian Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is devel- expected to be complete by 2011. Thornton is
half a century, but for walkers and cyclists Alan Whitaker, son of Thornton’s last station oping the trail in partnership with Bradford one of two Grade II listed viaducts on the route,
rather than trains. master, addressed the gathered crowd. Council and the Great Northern Railway Trail three miles of which are now open.
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