London’s Transport Museum gains a “Royal Train”
According to this week's issue of The Railway Herald, the London Transport Museum has gained a mundane, yet also quite special tube train to add to its collection at the Acton Depot.
Cooling the London Underground
In March 2008, I attended a really quite interesting talk on the technological challenges in cooling the London Underground network, and it has been a topic which – probably understandably – has interested me ever since. A couple of months…
For 2 weeks only – alternative tube maps on display
Imagine for a moment if the familiar tube map didn't have to look the way it does today. How could it look if we sat down and gave it a fundamental rethink?
50th anniversary of Bank Station’s travolator
You might not have noticed it, but today marks a very special anniversary on the London Underground - it is the 50th anniversary of the travelator at Bank tube station.
The Aldwych Tube Station Blitz Experience
First things first, as they say. Tickets to this event sold out yonks ago. However, if you don’t mind the risk of getting nothing after a day of hanging around, and consuming vast quantities of coffee while you wait, then…
Take a trip in a 1938 tube train
Unexpected – as the poor thing has been rather ill recently – but the lovingly restored 1938 era tube train will be taking trips along the tube network in a couple of weeks time, and you can be on it.…
Changes to the DLR service
Living in the docklands area, I am on the mailing list for issues with the Docklands Light Railway, and have received the following missive. A new service will be in place from 10 July with modifications to some routes and…
West Ashfield – London Underground’s “secret” tube station
There lurks on the London Underground network a tube station that wont appear on any tube map, past, present or indeed future. In use on most days, yet no trains ever call there and no passengers ever use it.
The East London Line – in the style of a Victorian Newspaper
The first day of the East London Line extension to West Croydon – in the style of a Victorian Newspaper. Hopefully. — Readers may recall the recent news of the reopening of the East London Line railway that passes under…
London Overground Service to Shrink on Sunday
This coming Sunday, the second phase of the East London Line conversion to being part of the London Overground will be completed as trains will cease to stop at New Cross Gate and will instead run down to West Croydon.…
First Day of the East London Line
“I apologise for the cramped conditions” was how the first train on the newly extended East London Line was introduced to its excited passengers. For yes, the majority, if not indeed the totality of the passengers were highly excited. A…
Steam Train in the Snow
Regular readers may be aware that steam trains are semi-regular visitors to London, and if at a weekend, I quite enjoy going to watch them.
Train fares to rise – Train fares to fall
Two separate organisations put out two different press releases this morning. They appeared one after the other in my RSS reader – and it was the coincidental juxtaposition of the two headlines that raised a wry smile. I am not…
Riding the last ever fully circular circle line train
On Sunday morning, the Circle Line uncurled slightly into a spiral, and to commemorate the death of the circle, a small group decided to take the very last ever train to run right around the whole circle line on the prior Saturday night.
Steam Train Charges Through North London
This lunchtime, a visually distinctive steam train charged through North London on a trip down to Kings Cross. The Sir Nigel Gresley is not only visually noticeable, but it also holds the speed record for a post-war steam train. Unlike…
Catch the last fully circular Circle Line train
As I am betting you are probably aware, the Circle Line is shortly to be uncoiled and turned into something that is still called a circle, but is most certainly not.
London in the 1950s – archive film footage
A heads up that the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square is showing archive films of London in the 1950s as part of a free event later this month. The official fluff reads: Take a trip back in time to…
The New South Quay DLR Station – Photos
This morning, a couple of weeks later than expected, the new South Quay station on the DLR opened to the general public.
Take the 1938 Tube Train to the Disused Charing Cross Platforms
How about this - a chance to take the tube to the closed Charing Cross tube station - and not just any tube train, but the heritage 1938 stock.
TfL bike hire – not available until May 2010 – advertised today
The bike hire scheme being launched next year is one of those transport ideas that I like, a lot. I was looking forward to cycling into the West End, dropping off the bike and staggering home on the tube via…
Vintage Trains at Marylebone Station
I think this is a case of caveat emptor, as while "vintage trains" are promised, they seem to be a footnote to a larger event.
Another trip on a 1938 Tube Train
Busy weekend, but culminated with a trip on a restored 1938 tube train running along the Northern Line, probably for the very last time, as new signalling work later this year will make it impossible to run old trains along the Northern Line.
The RMT – Comic by nature, Comic Sans by letter?
A copy of an (allegedly) genuine letter from the RMT union to its more sensible counterpart at Aslef made me do a double-take. Not for the weird polemic written which I read later, but for the instant question as to…
Railways boost reliability – sort of
A gushing press release from Network Rail has boasted that overland rail reliability is now at its highest ever level.