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London Open House Weekend – The Thames Tunnel
London Open House Weekend – The Thames Tunnel

London Open House Weekend – The Thames Tunnel

Lurking not too far from where I live is a subterranean marvel that is considered to be one of the most important locations in engineering history

Sep
21
2009

Heritage Train Trip to the Disused Platforms at Charing Cross

Today was the highly anticipated 1938 tube train run along the modern Jubilee Line extension, and a rare chance to visit the disused platforms at Charing Cross station. Although I have been on the train several times – the last

Aug
05
2009

London’s Lost Tunnel

While tunnel affectionados will be familiar with the “Waterloo and Whitehall Pneumatic Railway – as part of that, I came across an article in The Windsor Magazine of April 1900. I managed to find a copy, only to find that

Jul
11
2009
Jubilee Line tunnels under Big Ben
Jubilee Line tunnels under Big Ben

Jubilee Line tunnels under Big Ben

A few months ago, I went to a lecture on tunnelling technologies, given by Professor Robert Mair FREng FRS, and specifically on what is known as compensation grouting.

May
31
2009

Churchill’s other Cabinet War Rooms

Another in my periodic series on how to visit little known places. — Whilst well known in subterranean and military lore – there are few members of the general public who are aware that in addition to the infamous Cabinet

Mar
11
2009
No to the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf Bridge
No to the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf Bridge

No to the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf Bridge

A lobby group has been pushing for a pedestrian bridge to be built linking Canary Wharf with Rotherhithe – a route currently serviced by either a ferry service or (via a short walk) the Jubilee Line. It is being reported,

Feb
09
2009

Two talks on two nights

Been a busy few days – went to talks this evening and yesterday evening. Considering that I normally work in the evenings, these nights out result in coming home and having to put in an extra hour or two before

Dec
03
2008
More on the Waterloo & Whitehall Railway
More on the Waterloo & Whitehall Railway

More on the Waterloo & Whitehall Railway

Long term readers may recall that I am slowly researching the history of the Waterloo and Whitehall Railway – a short lived attempt to build a pneumatic railway in an iron tube running under the River Thames between Great Scotland

Nov
30
2008

Another Crossrail lecture

Earlier this year I attended a breakfast lecture at the Building Centre on the topic of

Oct
22
2008

Poster exhibition at the Transport Museum

Last night I (and friend) had tickets to attend the opening evening of the Transport Museum’s latest exhibition – a history of posters on the London Underground. It turns out that London Underground was probably the first transport network to

Oct
16
2008

WW2 tunnels under London to be sold off

The infamous (amongst tunnel/military aficionados) tunnels under Chancery Lane are to be put up for sale at last. I have been aware that BT were working on decommissioning them for some time, and was trying to find out who was

Oct
15
2008

I think I just hit the limits on tube geek sadness

Came across this blog via Liberal Conspiracy – and I am sad to say that it was the page header which I found quite noticable. sighs

Oct
07
2008

A tour of Aldwych Station on the London Underground

Earlier this year, I along with a group had a rather rare tour of the disused Aldwych tube station.

Sep
05
2008

Tunnel under the Thames at Battersea

Yesterday, I wandered over to Battersea Power Station for a viewing of the exhibition for the latest (of many) plans to redevelop the huge industrial wasteland - and because we could also then go on a tour of the building itself.

Jul
01
2008
Another 1938 train outing
Another 1938 train outing

Another 1938 train outing

As you may have read, I went on a trip on a 1938 tube train a few months ago – but today was THE BIG ONE, where the train did a full run along the entire Northern Line from Morden

Jun
29
2008

A Trip on a 70 Year Old Tube Train

In 1938, a new modern tube train was introduced on London Underground – with the radical change in that it abolished the front locomotive which used to pull tube trains. In 1998, the 1938 stock made its final trip on

Apr
20
2008

Sub-Brit Lecture at the Building Centre

Was back at the Building Centre in central London this morning for the final of their breakfast talks on subterranean London as part of their current exhibition. This morning’s talk was hosted by Andrew Smith from Subterranea Britannica (sub-brit), an

Apr
16
2008
Southwark Tube Station
Southwark Tube Station

Southwark Tube Station

Of all the tube stations which were built for the Jubilee Line extension - my favourite has to be the little-noticed one at Southwark.

Apr
06
2008

Greathead shield at Bank Station

I have been meaning for absolutely ages to take a look at a little bit of London Underground heritage at Bank Station, and total thanks to problems with the Jubilee Line, I happened to be at Bank today and going

Mar
29
2008

The world’s largest TBM

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, more famous in the UK for owning a football club than being a Russian businessman who did rather well out of some dodgy privatisations has reportedly ordered the world’s largest Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). At 19

Mar
26
2008

A tour of Underground Greenwich

Thanks to a tip-off from The Greenwich Phantom, I spent a couple of hours on a pleasant wander round Greenwich learning a bit about the underground history of the area. It was a bitterly cold day and I almost didn’t

Mar
24
2008

The Post Office Robot Railway

I have this rather old news footage of the famous Post Office railway which ran under central London until it was shut down in 2003.

Mar
21
2008

Banking Crisis

Transport for London has just announced that changing between lines at Bank tube station will not be possible from the end of this month until the middle of next year.

Mar
20
2008

Are Escalators Becoming More Dangerous?

London Underground is littered with escalators, and following the Kings Cross Disaster the old wooden models were replaced with safer, if less aesthetically pleasing versions. So it is with some alarm that I read in one of my science RSS

Mar
14
2008