Talking about our present predicament reminds me that there is a remarkable record of how the pandemic is affecting us in the reports provided by John Peel. As well as recording the impact on our railway services, he also records how normal life is having to be conducted. This is much appreciated, as it is important that we record history as it happens and look at the wider effect the virus has had on us, which allows to put everything into perspective.
A few days ago, an announcement was made by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, about the future of our railways and the formation of a new body called Great British Railways; to be a new and fully integrated public body to take control of owning and maintaining infrastructure, collecting fare revenue, and running and planning the network. Franchising will remain in one form or another, but it is certain that change will occur and our railways will take a different path. Let’s hope that it will be an improvement for the users and with a bit of luck, their concerns will be taken into account. Whatever happens, I hope we can record these changes within the pages of Cumbrian Railways. Whatever direction the railways take, I hope we shall be able to record things as they unfold.
Within this issue of Cumbrian Railways there is a report of the inauguration of Workington station as an historical centre for reflecting the illustrious past of the town. A team of CRA members, led by Brian Quayle, have advised and assisted with the production of three display boards covering the long history of the railways in the town, to be placed along the wall of one of the platforms. Well done Brian and his team for again putting the name of the Cumbrian Railways Association firmly in the limelight.
|In My View||Barry Stephenson||431|
|Preston Control in the 1960s||Ron Herbert||432|
|Listed Cumbrian Structures of Railway Interest: Part 5B — Buildings and Structures in the Eden District||Brian Quayle||440|
|Pertinent Paragraphs; References to Cumbrian Railways in The Railway Magazine: Part 19 — 1909||Barry Stephenson||442|
|Tom Hayman — A Life on the Railway||Rebecca Hayman||446|
|Childhood Memories of Life on the Railway||Cecil Hayman||449|
|Furness Railway Six-Coupled Tank Engine No 83||Mike Peascod||451|
|Rationalisation and Re-signalling of the WCML: Part 3 — Southwaite (Wreay/Calthwaite)||Mike Norris||454|
|Book Review: The Railways and Britain’s Nuclear Industry||Alan Crawford||461|
|Cumbrian Industrials: From Barrow Island to New South Wales||Peter Holmes||462|
|A Photograph on Lindal Bank||Ron Allison||464|
|The Electronic Telegraph||David Hunter||468|
|Cumbrian Railways Today||John Peel||470|
|The Rails which Circled the World||Brian Quayle||472|
|Letters: Paley & Austin and the Seascale Water Tower; Rocket’s First Trial||475|
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