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Artefacts from a Victorian-era transport infrastructure, built by engineering forefather Isambard Kingdom Brunel for his broad-gauge Great Western steam railway nearly 200 years ago, are being laser scanned after archaeologists discovered them near Paddington as part of an extensive search for ancient rail remnants.

A 200-metre long engine shed, workshop and train turntables were found on a construction site known as Paddington New Yard, to the east of Westbourne Park Tube Station, in a glimpse of the industrial past and Brunel’s designs for a track first used in 1838. Read more.

Preparations for an archaeological dig at a site earmarked for a new railway station are due to begin.

The existing Castle Station in Northampton will be replaced by a £20m glass and steel building in 2014.

In medieval times a royal castle was situated on part of the site, and last year items from Saxon times were unearthed in an initial trench.

The dig will be done by experts from Northamptonshire Archaeology and will take about 12 weeks.

It will record any remains before the new station is built.

Councillor Jim Harker, leader of Northamptonshire County Council said: “Northampton’s unique selling point over many of its neighbours is its long and important history and heritage. Read more.

Construction on Honolulu’s controversial $5.2 billion elevated steel on steel rail project is coming to a halt.

David Frankel, an attorney with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, and officials from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, met on Monday for 90 minutes to negotiate a resolution after the Hawaii Supreme Court dropped a bombshell on the rail project and its backers on Friday.

In a unanimous 82-page opinion in Kaleikini v. Yoshioka, Hawaii Supreme Court justices said the City did not comply with the State’s historic preservation and burial protection laws when it failed to complete an archeological inventory survey for the 20-mile route before starting construction. Read more.

A Buried piece of York’s history has been uncovered, writes Elena Cresci.

Network Rail discovered the foundations of North Eastern Railway’s roundhouses while carrying out site inspections for a new operations centre and training base set to bring 500 new jobs to the city.

It is believed the roundhouses (steam engine sheds with turntables) discovered in the Engineers’ Triangle between York Station and Holgate Bridge, date from 1864 and were abandoned in the 1960s.

An archaeologist is now working with Network Rail to fully uncover and record the roundhouses before moving ahead with the construction of the rail operating centre. Read more.

Looking east from the Bathurst Street bridge just south of Front, a mighty wall of new towers looms over the landscape. But just over the edge of the bridge, adjacent to the latest building under construction, is an incongruous site: A vast archaeological dig that has uncovered 150-year-old remains of the Toronto waterfront’s once-booming industrial age.

Here, a stone’s throw from Fort York, a huge cruciform-shaped building was constructed in 1855 and 1856 to service and repair engines of the Grand Trunk Railway. Only the northeast portion of the foundations survive, but inside the engine house’s footprint are the remains of brick ovens where wrought-iron locomotive parts were forged, and a vaulted chamber whose use is still a mystery. Read more.

An archaeological dig in Toronto has turned up relics from city’s 19th century railway boom near the shores of Lake Ontario.

And although building plans, which include a condominium project in the Library District adjacent to the Bathurst Street bridge, are still on track, the future of the artifacts is still up in the air.

Among the findings is a massive cruciform-shaped engine-house complex, which was the starting point of the railway’s westbound ribbon of track, constructed by the Grand Trunk Railway in the 1850s.

The area of interest, which is south of Front Street, is close to where a library would be built. But construction would also see a condominium tower, social housing and a park built.

Railway historian Derek Boles, who believes the relics should be saved, told the Globe and Mail that the railways turned Toronto into a manufacturing hub and that the artifacts are “important for understanding Toronto’s history.” Read more.

The 82-mile Inverness-Kyle railway line is one of the most scenic in Scotland and passes through a landscape which has been inhabited for thousands of years, especially along the coastal fringes. Some evidence of this past is there to be seen today, but much has been altered or destroyed.

Now a group from the local community, supported by Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) are in the process of researching – in three phases – the archaeological heritage along the route of the line between Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness.

This area saw human occupation, probably from the Mesolithic era (c. 8500-4000BC), when people exploited the rich resources of the coast – and continue to do so up until present day. Read more.