Underground London - Archive Articles

Cooling the London Underground

A cold and windy evening found me wandering over to the Building Centre for a lecture, ironically enough considering the weather – on how to cool the London Underground. The lecture was being organized by The Engineering Club, as part

Mar
12
2008

London Transport Museum – Acton Depot

Went off the to the Transport Museum this morning – not the one in Covent Garden, but the reserve store at Acton Town. Met up with a fellow transport geek and we went in, and thanks to a warning from

Mar
08
2008

Crossrail lecture at The Building Centre

Just back from a very interesting lecture at The Building Centre in central London, hosted by David Anderson, the Engineering Director of Crossrail. After wandering around the upstairs exhibition on subterranean London with a coffee – we were herded downstairs

Mar
05
2008

Flood barriers at Waterloo Station

I notice that the underground station at Waterloo is to get refurbished starting from this April, with work continuing until next May. I use the station a moderate amount to swap between lines, so rarely go “upstairs” to the main

Mar
03
2008

Lectures and exhibition on London’s Hidden Infrastructure

The ever wonderful Building Centre in London will be setting out a new exhibition from the end of next week all about “London’s Hidden Infrastructure”. 28 FEBRUARY – 19 APRIL 2008 As London’s skyline becomes ever more clustered with new

Feb
22
2008

More hidden tunnels under London

I am sure you are familiar with my fascination with underground tunnels etc – and you probably know that in addition to the obvious tube network and municipal services, that there are a fair number of other tunnels under the

Feb
20
2008

The Anzob Tunnel

While writing an article about a mobile phone operator in the central Asian republic (and yes, it actually is a republic) of Tajikistan, I did a bit of background reading – and found out about the Anzob Tunnel. The Anzob

Jan
18
2008

The world’s second oldest underground railway?

London Underground is famously the world’s oldest underground railway – but which one came second? Well, that accolade goes to the Tünel, in Turkey’s Istanbul. It is also arguably the world’s shortest underground railway, being just 571 meters in length

Jan
10
2008

Amsterdam Subway Done With Mirrors

Was checking for business news video clips for my day job and came across this clip from the Associated Press about how mirrors are being used to monitor building movements when tunneling under Amsterdam. Thought it was mildly interesting –

Dec
27
2007
Sleeping with the ghosts under London Bridge
Sleeping with the ghosts under London Bridge

Sleeping with the ghosts under London Bridge

Earlier this week, I was invited to spend the night sleeping in the undercroft under the old London Bridge. The site itself is being cleared out and made good for a new theme exhibition and had been popping up in

Dec
15
2007
Goodbye Kings Cross Thameslink…
Goodbye Kings Cross Thameslink…

Goodbye Kings Cross Thameslink…

...hello to the new St Pancras International replacement.

Dec
09
2007
How the Bakerloo Line created a Water Jet in the Thames
How the Bakerloo Line created a Water Jet in the Thames

How the Bakerloo Line created a Water Jet in the Thames

I am carrying on my periodic researches into the Whitehall and Waterloo railway – and thanks to an odd letter of reply in a Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineering – published in 1902, commenting on

Oct
13
2007

Pedestrianising Oxford Street

I was doing a bit more research into the pneumatic railway that I have working on for a while, and came across this totally unrelated image, but it got me thinking. This is of a pneumatic railway concept which would

Sep
27
2007

Waterloo and Whitehall Pneumatic Railway

A bit of an update in my researches into this rather odd nuget of railway history. I am building up quite a good picture now of what happened and am picking up snippets of information from a wide range of

Aug
20
2007

Waterloo & Whitehall Pneumatic railway

I was at an auction house earlier today inspecting a lot which is going up for sale tomorrow. The lot is one of the unused share certificates for the Waterloo & Whitehall railway. Not possible to see if it was

Mar
14
2007

The Waterloo and Whitehall Pneumatic Railway

You may have read about “secret tunnels” under Whitehall, and indeed there are some – but here is a tale of one that is not exactly a secret – more just forgotten. The Waterloo and Whitehall Pneumatic Railway was a

Feb
23
2007
Going Underneath the Albert Memorial
Going Underneath the Albert Memorial

Going Underneath the Albert Memorial

This morning I had the pleasure of visiting a structure that most people don't even know exists - despite part of it being quite famous.

Feb
07
2007