“Audrey the Audi must go and I have to buy a nice four-door runaround. It’s just like my election dilemma—if not Audrey, who?”

Under the capital, huge mechanical drills are digging rail tunnels that recapture the spirit of the most ambitious Victorian engineers

A painting by 19th-century social chronicler Honore Daumier reveals the synthetic outrage and hypocrisy of Bob Crow et al over the third-class-carriage proposals

The dust-jacket of Christopher Howse’s second book on Spain points to its contents. In the province of Huesca a tiny caterpillar of a train is passing beneath the Cyclopean sugar-loaf rocks of Riglos, a magnet to climbers and home to the griffon vulture. This, then, is not a book about Spanish railways. Rather, the network serves simply as structure for a much wider survey of the country’s past and present.

All flashy shops and gaudy mansions? Think again. Surrey is still Pepys’s ‘old place of delight’.

I tried to help Andrea, a disorientated stranger at a hectic London station, to the irritation of the state’s representatives

Many in the 1970s predicted the demise of the railway. A new book by Richard Faulkner and Chris Austin tells how the foresight of a select few saved the trains

‘London has been ruined by roadworks. Post-2000, this erstwhile beautiful city has looked like Mogadishu’

‘It was on the road to Pisa that my family and I had our revelation of the fragility of Western civilisation’

The enormous hidden costs of low-cost air travel are symptomatic of a disturbing cultural shift