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Darlington Railway Ghosts

Bishop Auckland trains still call at Darlington North Road, where some of the adjacent buildings now house the Darlington Railway Museum. The museum apparently has several ghosts, in addition to its railway collection.

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The Battle of Havant

Disputes between railway companies have occurred since the earliest days of railways. Modern disagreements usually get settled in the courtroom, but in days gone by some disputes resulted in actual violence. One such quarrel in the nineteenth century became known as the Battle of Havant.

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Locomotive Deliveries

We love multiple locos running together here at Trainbits. New locomotive deliveries often give rise to long loco formations. Here are a few such movements on Youtube from around the world.

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Clagging and Fire

Excessive exhaust smoke due to unburned carbon gives rise to the railway slang term clagging. Youtube has some spectacular examples, including those where flames are actually seen.

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Railway Oddities

The Oddity Central website collects oddities of the world. It contains quite a few railway oddities, from the literally high speed train cleaners to the cat working as a station master.

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Steam in the Street: RAE Farnborough

The idea of steam engines running down ordinary streets seems almost inconceivable under the current strict heath and safety regime. However, until the late 1960s, steam engines did indeed run down the street in Farnborough.

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Railway Graveyards of the World

Over the years many railway graveyards have appeared around the world. These graveyards can contain anything from a few locomotives to hundreds. Sometimes they hold other types of rolling stock. These cemeteries arise for multiple reasons and often last for many years. The sight of lines of rusting engine hulks is both fascinating and sad, but compelling nonetheless. This post takes a look at many of these railway graveyards throughout the world.

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The Gare Montparnasse Accident

Those who have never even heard of the Gare Montparnasse accident will recognize the iconic photograph of its aftermath. The image of the crashed locomotive from this tragic derailment has been reproduced in popular culture many times since.

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Train Videos

Some YouTube train videos today featuring a 700 wagon freight train and other videos from around the world that will terrify even the bravest Health and Safety professionals.

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