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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

The Beeches Light Railway – a private steam railway
The Beeches Light Railway – a private steam railway

The Beeches Light Railway – a private steam railway

You might be the sort of person who has been interested – very interested – in trains for as long as you can remember, so much so that in addition to working with heritage railways, you end up as the

Jul
10
2011
Exhibition about the Thames Cable Car opens at the Building Centre
Exhibition about the Thames Cable Car opens at the Building Centre

Exhibition about the Thames Cable Car opens at the Building Centre

After a few months of occasional prodding the river bed looking for unexploded German bombs, earlier this week construction formally started on the Cable Car that will stretch across the river by the O2/Millennium Dome/White Elephant (delete as appropriate).

Jul
08
2011
The day I got to ride in the drivers cab on a heritage railway line
The day I got to ride in the drivers cab on a heritage railway line

The day I got to ride in the drivers cab on a heritage railway line

Over the weekend, the still under refurbishment Eping-Ongar Railway had an open day.

Jul
05
2011
Taking a Private Trip in London’s Parliamentary Train Service
Taking a Private Trip in London’s Parliamentary Train Service

Taking a Private Trip in London’s Parliamentary Train Service

A mysterious train runs between North and South London during the week, direct between two stations that shouldn't be possible to travel between. Once in the morning, and once in the afternoon - and never at weekends.

Jun
24
2011
Watch a steam train run though South London (and Kensington)
Watch a steam train run though South London (and Kensington)

Watch a steam train run though South London (and Kensington)

A steam train will be making a loop through South London tomorrow (19th June) – with a diversion through Kensington Olympia – and as it will be one of the longest days of the year, you should be able to

Jun
18
2011
Vintage tube train trip – timetable published
Vintage tube train trip – timetable published

Vintage tube train trip – timetable published

You may recall that the little red 1938 era tube train is going to take a trip along the Picadilly Line this coming Sunday - well, actually three trips in total, to run down to Heathrow Airport.

Jun
15
2011
An Open Day at the Epping Ongar Railway
An Open Day at the Epping Ongar Railway

An Open Day at the Epping Ongar Railway

Something for transport geeks… The under-restoration Epping Ongar Railway in North-East London has announced that it will be having an open day for the public next month – specifically Sunday 3rd July – to visit the recently restored 1865 station

Jun
13
2011
Photos from inside the Elizabeth line station at Canary Wharf
Photos from inside the Elizabeth line station at Canary Wharf

Photos from inside the Elizabeth line station at Canary Wharf

To mark the second year of works at the Crossrail Station in Canary Wharf,a notable Minister of the Crown , and your less notable correspondent got to go down into what is still very much a building site to have a look around.

May
26
2011
A tour of the Eurostar repair depot at Stratford
A tour of the Eurostar repair depot at Stratford

A tour of the Eurostar repair depot at Stratford

The other day I went to visit the train depot near Stratford where the Eurostar trains are repaired.

May
22
2011
Watch the 1967 tube train make its farewell tour
Watch the 1967 tube train make its farewell tour

Watch the 1967 tube train make its farewell tour

Tomorrow (Sunday 15th May), as mentioned before, one of the last remaining 1967 era tube trains that have served the Victoria Line will make a farewell tour around the network. All the seats to be on the train have been

May
14
2011
Future Battersea Tube Station Wont be Accessible to Disabled – Maybe
Future Battersea Tube Station Wont be Accessible to Disabled – Maybe

Future Battersea Tube Station Wont be Accessible to Disabled – Maybe

For the avoidance of doubt, this is a very tongue in cheek blog post. Another round – of many – consultations for the planned extension to the Northern line to take it more South-West(ish) towards the derelict Battersea Power Station

May
09
2011
Walking through an abandoned train tunnel under London’s Docks
Walking through an abandoned train tunnel under London’s Docks

Walking through an abandoned train tunnel under London’s Docks

Although most of the train tunnels being built in London for Crossrail will be brand new, one section of tunnel will in fact be already over 140 years old when the first Crossrail train passes through. Built under the docks

Apr
28
2011
Chance to take a trip in a 1938 tube train
Chance to take a trip in a 1938 tube train

Chance to take a trip in a 1938 tube train

The venerable art-deco 1938 tube train will be out and about again later this month as part of the Rickmansworth Festival. One of the best preserved tube trains it is slightly reminiscent of a bygone age and has been wonderfully

Apr
26
2011
Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train
Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train

Sitting in the driving seat on a DLR train

One of the great joys about the oversized roller-coaster that is the Docklands Light Railway has long been the ability to sit right at the front of the train and “pretend” to be the train driver, or more maturely to

Apr
25
2011
Special tube train tour next month on the Underground
Special tube train tour next month on the Underground

Special tube train tour next month on the Underground

Quite exciting, in a tube geek sort of way, for next month one of the last 1967 era Victoria Line trains will take a special trip around the tube network to mark the end of those trains in service. You

Apr
13
2011
Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium
Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium

Video of a Steam Train passing the Olympic Stadium

…or not as it happens. On Saturday morning, I headed over towards Stratford to catch a steam train passing through the area, and hopefully to get some photos or video of the train with the Olympic Stadium in the background.

Mar
28
2011
Photos of the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf
Photos of the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf

Photos of the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf

After the visit to the

Mar
26
2011
The “fake Crossrail tube station” hidden in a rural warehouse
The “fake Crossrail tube station” hidden in a rural warehouse

The “fake Crossrail tube station” hidden in a rural warehouse

A few months ago I stood in the Building Centre and looked at a tiny model of a Crossrail station with tiny model people inside. Yesterday I stood inside a model of a Crossrail station.

Mar
17
2011

Catch the last ever trip on c2c’s Blue Train

c2c, the strangely named train line that runs out of the tiny Fenchurch Street train station towards Southend-on-Sea is having a special event on the 5th March. It will mark the very last day a train will run on their

Jan
26
2011
Look Out for a Steam Train Travelling Around Sth & West London on Saturday
Look Out for a Steam Train Travelling Around Sth & West London on Saturday

Look Out for a Steam Train Travelling Around Sth & West London on Saturday

Something that is always worth looking out for if you are in the area – a steam train will be taking a tour around London and Berkshire tomorrow afternoon. Although steam train tours are not hugely unusual now, most London

Jan
07
2011

Mayor’s Consultation Meeting – Let’s Talk Transport

This just arrived in the email, and I copy/paste it here for your information as it is the sort of thing I would put in the events guide, but you also need to pre-book tickets first. Incidentally, I am delighted

Jan
04
2011

A chat with the Top Man at Transport for London

An offer of a whole hour with Peter Hendy, Commissioner of TfL is not something that happens that often, so the offer of a “bloggers briefing” was quite an opportunity. As such, three of London’s scribes found themselves in a

Dec
16
2010
Crossrail exhibition at the Building Centre
Crossrail exhibition at the Building Centre

Crossrail exhibition at the Building Centre

A couple of weeks ago, a small exhibition opened at the Building Centre with images of how the Crossrail stations are expected to look in 2017 when the railway eventually opens to the public.

Nov
29
2010
Photographing the Wharncliffe Railway Viaduct
Photographing the Wharncliffe Railway Viaduct

Photographing the Wharncliffe Railway Viaduct

Trains to and from Paddington Station have to traverse a wide, but quite shallow valley near Ealing, and here stands one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's great constructions - a massive brick viaduct - known as the Wharncliffe Viaduct.

Nov
28
2010