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Mar 152018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 16 March, 2018

Good morning As mentioned, I’ve been traveling for most of this week and will be continuing into next week too.  But I’ve had time to finally get all the details of our first ever ‘Christmas Land Cruise’ written down – and what a lot of details there are, due to so many inclusions and places […]

Mar 142018
 
California's High Speed Rail Project Suffers Increased Costs and Delays

This is probably the most unsurprising headline of the week.  California’s planned high speed rail line between San Francisco and Los Angeles (with eventual extensions to San Diego and Sacramento) has never enjoyed a smooth path from planning to operation, and indeed still remains almost completely unfunded, even though money is being spent on a […]

Feb 152018
 
Amtrak's Dangerous Game

Something that distinguishes much of the United States from most other countries is that whenever a problem presents itself, there’s a rush to solve it either with money or technology, even when the underlying problem has little to do with the lack of either. A good current example of this is how Amtrak and rail […]

Feb 022018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 2 February, 2018

Good morning First, some exciting/good news for one or two lucky Travel Insiders.  We’ve had a cancellation off this year’s Grand Expedition of Great Britain, and so we can offer you half their deposit if you’d like to come on the tour and can confirm your interest very quickly (and they will get the other […]

Jan 122018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 January, 2018

Good morning First, an exciting update on our 2018 touring schedule.  I’ve now put up the dates and details for our New Zealand ‘Epicurean Extravaganza’ tour, running from late October through mid November.  With a bit of care and belt-tightening on my part, I’ve managed to keep the price the same as it was two […]

Nov 172017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 November, 2017

Good morning It has been an interesting week, with a major development in terms of the future of the A380, but not the development generally anticipated last week. I’ve been quietly busy this week, and have three feature articles to offer, in addition to the roundup.  One of these arose out of last week’s article […]

Oct 062017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 6 October, 2017

Good morning Happy birthday to the lovely and now undeniably old 747.  It was 49 years ago on 30 Sept 1968 that saw the ceremonial roll-out of the first 747.  It is interesting to see the list of 26 launch customers for the 747 – ten of them have disappeared. Our 2017 annual fund-raising drive […]

Sep 222017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 September, 2017

Good morning It is a great pleasure to start off another week with another round of heartfelt thanks to the people who generously added their names to our 2017 Supporters list.  We are now at 126 Supporters after two weeks of this year’s annual fundraising drive, compared to 122 after two weeks last year and […]

Sep 082017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 September, 2017

Good morning Although official summer continues for another two weeks, traditional summer has finished, the schools are back, and traffic patterns, at least in Seattle, are returning to their terribly jammed state.  Perhaps Amazon’s announcement this week of creating a second HQ in North America employing as many as 50,000 people – a crazy concept […]

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