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Railwatch 078 - December 1998

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RDS Group Travel is organising a visit by Eurostar and inter-city train via Brussels and Luxembourg through the scenic Ardennes to Trier from 14 to 18 April 1999.

Nestling among the vine-clad slopes of the Moselle Valley, Trier is the oldest town in Germany. Day trips are possible to Luxembourg, Metz and Cologne, and a visit is also planned to Saarbrucken with its new light rail system. It is also hoped to meet local pro-rail campaigners. The cost, including four nights B&B plus insurance, will be a maximum of £300. Full details and booking form will be posted out immediately after Christmas. Send SAE to Peter Cannon, 16 Southfield Drive, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4DP (Fax: 01728 603199) In spring 2000 we hope to organise a trip to Berlin.


England's Most Easterly Railway. Trevor Garrod's 58-page illustrated book celebrating the first 150 years of the Norwich-Reedham-Lowestoft line. Normally £3.95. Special price: only £2.95.

The SOLLTA Story.This well-produced, illustrated booklet from the South of London Line Traveller's Association tells of their successful campaign to revive the Victoria-to-London Bridge service. Was £1.50. Now only £1.00.

Finally, we're giving away a free "No Car" badge and Bike Consignment label with every edition of our green lifestyle book Life Beyond Cars. Just the gift for your car-bound colleagues at only £1.95!


Have you got your copy of A TO Z OF RAIL REOPENINGS (4th edition) yet? It details 315 new and reopened stations, plans for future lines and stations plus progress around Europe. A painstakingly researched book for the specialist with plenty for anyone interested in the modem rail scene. £6.95.

Relive the highlights of 20 years of RDS campaigning with our 20th anniversary book: DEVELOPING RAIL. The final chapters examine the Government's recent transport white paper, look forward to future challenges and take a rose-tinted peek into rail travel 10 years from now. 46 pages with colour photos. £3

And don't forget our Anniversary Pen - luxury ballpen, burgundy with gold lettering: RAILWAY DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY 1978-1998. Boxed. £1.85.

Plus everyone's favourites

RDS Enamel brooch. The society's name and logo on Eurostar loco. £2.40

Handy envelope re-use labels. Pad of 100 with freight message. £2.25

PVC car window sticker with same freight message. 85p.

GWR Tea Towel. Recommended by Mrs Brunel. Staines not shown! £2.25

For full list of products on offer, please see October's sales list (Railwatch 77).

Please add postage and make your cheque/postal order payable to Railway Development Society. Postage: value of goods under £5, add 50p. £5 to £10, add 95p. Over £10, add £1.30.

Please order from: Martin Ball, RDS Sales, 89 North Wallington, Fareham, Hants P016 8TJ.

On Yer Bike

This attractive book produced by the Evening Star includes details of 12 cycle rides in Suffolk and also good maps and information about how to use trains to get to and from some of the rides. It's an excellent example of how integrated transport can be promoted. The book is sponsored by Suffolk County Council and train operator Anglia has taken some steps to be more welcoming to cyclists. But much more action is needed.

Some of the trains operating in Suffolk and Norfolk can only take a maximum of four bikes — even after they have been modified. So the family shown on the cover would have been barred. On Anglia's InterCity routes, a charge of £3 per cycle per single journey is made. So this family would have had to pay £30 for their bikes for a day out even before paying for their own tickets. Not surprisingly you see a lot of cars in East Anglia with bike racks.

The book is available for £3.25 including post and packing from The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN

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