Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

Transport News - Archive Articles

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.

Nov
08
2010
Cooling the London Underground
Cooling the London Underground

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

Nov
02
2010

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?

Oct
08
2010
50th anniversary of Bank Station’s travolator
50th anniversary of Bank Station’s travolator

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.

Sep
27
2010

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

Sep
24
2010
Take a trip in a 1938 tube train
Take a trip in a 1938 tube train

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.

Aug
22
2010

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

Jul
09
2010
West Ashfield – London Underground’s “secret” tube station
West Ashfield – London Underground’s “secret” tube station

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.

Jul
09
2010

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

May
23
2010
London Overground Service to Shrink on Sunday
London Overground Service to Shrink on Sunday

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.

May
19
2010

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

Apr
27
2010
Steam Train in the Snow
Steam Train in the Snow

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.

Jan
09
2010

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

Dec
31
2009

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.

Dec
16
2009
Steam Train Charges Through North London
Steam Train Charges Through North London

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

Nov
28
2009

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.

Nov
25
2009
London in the 1950s – archive film footage
London in the 1950s – archive film footage

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

Nov
03
2009
The New South Quay DLR Station – Photos
The New South Quay DLR Station – Photos

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.

Oct
26
2009
Take the 1938 Tube Train to the Disused Charing Cross Platforms
Take the 1938 Tube Train to the Disused Charing Cross Platforms

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.

Jul
15
2009

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

Jun
29
2009

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.

Jun
23
2009
Another trip on a 1938 Tube Train
Another trip on a 1938 Tube Train

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.

Jun
22
2009

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

Jun
05
2009

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.

Jun
03
2009