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TV documentary about Crossrail on BBC2
TV documentary about Crossrail on BBC2

TV documentary about Crossrail on BBC2

Something for your diaries, as the BBC is to show a three-part documentary about the construction of the Crossrail tunnels and stations.

Jul
07
2014
Tickets on sale today for steam train trips in the London Underground
Tickets on sale today for steam train trips in the London Underground

Tickets on sale today for steam train trips in the London Underground

A chance to ride in a steam train along parts of the London Underground network go on sale later this morning.

Jun
12
2014
Crossrail gets a baby Tunnel Boring Machine
Crossrail gets a baby Tunnel Boring Machine

Crossrail gets a baby Tunnel Boring Machine

Crossrail rather famously has several very large tunnel boring machines, but has now just launched a tiny little baby one as well.

Jun
10
2014
Post Office Railway a step closer to offering public tours
Post Office Railway a step closer to offering public tours

Post Office Railway a step closer to offering public tours

Plans to open the mothballed Post Office Railway to the public as part of a new museum got a boost today when the Heritage Lottery Fund allocated a £4.5 million grant to the British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA).

Jun
03
2014
A new tunnel to be dug in central London
A new tunnel to be dug in central London

A new tunnel to be dug in central London

London is about to get a new tunnel. Only a small one, and privately owned, but it'll be in constant use by hundreds of people every day.

May
27
2014
Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 2
Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 2

Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 2

A rare confluence of events lead to a remarkable opportunity this weekend as 4,000 people were able to walk through the world's first underwater tunnel.

May
25
2014
Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 1
Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 1

Walking through a Tunnel under the Thames — Part 1

Earlier today, people queued up outside Rotherhithe Station for a rare chance to walk through a railway tunnel under the Thames. Yet next to them ran another tunnel, also under the Thames and also equally rarely walked through.

May
24
2014
London’s weekly railway news #50
London’s weekly railway news #50

London’s weekly railway news #50

A weekly round-up of London's rail transport news...

May
23
2014
Win a trip in the drivers cab of a tube train
Win a trip in the drivers cab of a tube train

Win a trip in the drivers cab of a tube train

One of the childish delights of the DLR is to sit at the front and pretend to be a train driver -- a joy denied to us on the rest of the tube network. Until now. For two people.

May
20
2014
BBC archive of old London programmes
BBC archive of old London programmes

BBC archive of old London programmes

It's a boring Bank Holiday, so what better than to watch a load of old BBC programmes about London's buses, buildings and tube tunnels?

May
05
2014
Attend a music concert in an abandoned tube station
Attend a music concert in an abandoned tube station

Attend a music concert in an abandoned tube station

A troupe of young things who are apparently quite popular are hosting an "intimate" music event in a disused tube station in a couple of weeks time.

May
01
2014
A chance to walk through the Thames Railway Tunnel
A chance to walk through the Thames Railway Tunnel

A chance to walk through the Thames Railway Tunnel

This coming May Bank Holiday will offer an exceptionally rare opportunity to walk through Brunel's original tunnel under the Thames.

Apr
12
2014
Crossrail TBM gets police escort through East London
Crossrail TBM gets police escort through East London

Crossrail TBM gets police escort through East London

You're a tunnel boring machine quietly boring your way under London, when suddenly you get a police escort!

Apr
09
2014
100th anniversary of the Charing Cross (Embankment) tube station
100th anniversary of the Charing Cross (Embankment) tube station

100th anniversary of the Charing Cross (Embankment) tube station

One hundred years ago a new tube station opened, a terminus to a tube line that was to last just 12 years before it was downgraded to a mere passing platform.

Apr
06
2014
Chance to see inside the Lost Church under Charing Cross Station
Chance to see inside the Lost Church under Charing Cross Station

Chance to see inside the Lost Church under Charing Cross Station

There sits underneath the forecourt of Charing Cross railway station a hidden marvel, the remains of a Hawksmoor designed church that is today sealed off and hidden -- except for one prominent and often misattributed visible sign of its existence.

Apr
01
2014
Crossrail skeletons confirmed to have died of the Black Death
Crossrail skeletons confirmed to have died of the Black Death

Crossrail skeletons confirmed to have died of the Black Death

The discovery by Crossrail workers of skeletons near to the Barbican last year have been confirmed as being victims of the Black Death.

Mar
30
2014
Abandoned Mail Rail to Open to the Public for Tours
Abandoned Mail Rail to Open to the Public for Tours

Abandoned Mail Rail to Open to the Public for Tours

One step closer to taking a trip in a curious little train under the streets of London after Islington Council approved an application to open up the Mail Rail to the general public.

Mar
11
2014
Photos from inside a Crossrail tunnel
Photos from inside a Crossrail tunnel

Photos from inside a Crossrail tunnel

Crossrail recently passed the half-way mark in its construction phase, and while I have mostly written about the stations and secondary works, yesterday was a chance to travel through an actual rail tunnel.

Feb
22
2014
London’s weekly railway news #37
London’s weekly railway news #37

London’s weekly railway news #37

A weekly round-up of London's rail transport news...

Feb
21
2014
Eat some brains in an underground WW2 bunker
Eat some brains in an underground WW2 bunker

Eat some brains in an underground WW2 bunker

Nest month, a group are putting on a dining event inside a WW2 bunker underneath Dalston, and will serve up a heady mix of brains to eat, and science to feed the brains in your heads.

Feb
19
2014
Unbuilt London: The Victorian proposal for a railway to Westminster Abbey
Unbuilt London: The Victorian proposal for a railway to Westminster Abbey

Unbuilt London: The Victorian proposal for a railway to Westminster Abbey

Fairly recently, a chap called Moffat wrote a story about an underground railway in Westminster -- to the considerable fury of tube geeks who spent an inordinate time chewing over holes in the plot.

Feb
15
2014
Chance to go inside a disused tube station
Chance to go inside a disused tube station

Chance to go inside a disused tube station

Of the closed tube stations that litter the London Underground, two top the list of stations that people want to visit.

Feb
07
2014
How a tube station gets its fresh air though an old toilet
How a tube station gets its fresh air though an old toilet

How a tube station gets its fresh air though an old toilet

If you've ever noticed an odd smell in the DLR at Bank station would it perhaps surprise you to learn that the deep tunnels are ventilated through an old toilet?

Feb
02
2014
A chance to visit some Crossrail building sites
A chance to visit some Crossrail building sites

A chance to visit some Crossrail building sites

Crossrail is holding a series of open days and will let people down into their stations to have a look and see what the billions of pounds is buying us.

Jan
22
2014