We love trains – why don’t they love us back?

"Have a bacon roll, you c..." said a buffet car attendant irritated at his customer's dithering over the "pile of cack" offered for sale. The customer was Matthew Engel - at the time researching stories for his book,  Eleven Minutes Late, a laugh-out loud history of our railway system.  If you are a regular rail traveller, you will recognize … Continue reading We love trains – why don’t they love us back?

Welcome to the pleasure park – the happiest place on earth

The grainy photo footage of the Alton Towers Smiler accident, released this week, put pictures of the smash in our minds forever as truly terrifying (and confirmed our instinctual fear of rollarcoaster rides. It's ok, you know, to question the sanity of taking a ride  with 14 inversions).  "Human error" was blamed for the serious injuries of  five riders;  two … Continue reading Welcome to the pleasure park – the happiest place on earth