By Geoff Body, Bill Parker

Operating a railway is a fancy enterprise. besides the fact that well-run it truly is there'll constantly be surprises, frequently hilarious, usually unforeseen, occasionally severe. right here railway pros bear in mind outstanding incidents from throughout their careers at the railways, lovingly compiled by means of professional railwaymen and authors Geoff physique and invoice Parker. the incidents lined during this illustrated e-book contain such strange 'everyday' occasions as dealing with hurricanes, rogue locomotives and runaway wagons, PR successes and in a different way, the Brighton Belle, Flying Scotsman and Mallard, education direction capers, a wino invasion, trackside antics, the Eurostar backdrop, the delivery of a jail, and royal and different particular events. An relaxing glance again at lifestyles at the railways.

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6%. The figure was due in part to the strong growth of passenger transport by bus and coach in Portugal. 2%). 5%, while France experienced a rise in the overall average of transport by bus and coach. 1%). In all, passenger transport by bus and coach increased by over 56% from 1970 to 2003 and was able, Trends in the Transport Sector 1970-2003, ISBN 92-821-0335-8 © ECMT 2005 33 in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, to make up the decline in activity seen in 1999. As a result, 2003 was a record year, in contrast to rail passenger transport.

As a result, 2003 was a record year, in contrast to rail passenger transport. 6, despite the slight fall recorded for 2000. 3% rise in 2002. 5%). 3%) experienced an increase in the overall average. 2%), and in no country did the volume of passenger-kilometres decline. 2. Passenger transport in the CEECs and the Baltic States Trends in passenger transport (passenger-kilometres) - Eastern Europe and the Baltic States - 1970=100 250 200 150 100 50 0 1970 1973 1976 1979 1982 1985 1988 1991 1994 1997 2000 2003 Railways Buses and coaches Source: ECMT Railways Buses and coaches 15 countries : ALB,BGR,BIH,CZE,EST,HRV, HUN,LTU,LVA,MKD,POL,ROM,SCG,SVK,SVN 15 countries : ALB,BGR,BIH,CZE,EST,HRV, HUN,LTU,LVA,MKD,POL,ROM,SCG,SVK,SVN Passenger transport by rail Passenger transport by rail did not continue its decline in the CEECs throughout 2003.

2 (100=1990). 3%. 7%) provided data. 5%) and had risen very steeply in Moldova (+84%). In the inland waterway sector, the only data available are for Belarus, which reported an increase in activity of over 150% for 2003, although the volumes involved were very small. The Secretariat received no figures for 2003 on transport by oil pipeline in the CIS countries. Trends in the Transport Sector 1970-2003, ISBN 92-821-0335-8 © ECMT 2005 31 3. 6% in passenger-kilometres compared with 2002 figures. 9% reduction in 2002 over 2001.

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