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Photos from the Crossrail station construction site at Woolwich
Photos from the Crossrail station construction site at Woolwich

Photos from the Crossrail station construction site at Woolwich

While most of the focus on Crossrail is north of the river, the railway will have an important spur down towards South-East London, and this weekend was a chance to see the station box being built at Woolwich.

Aug
06
2012
Chance to see inside a vast forgotten Victorian railway waiting room
Chance to see inside a vast forgotten Victorian railway waiting room

Chance to see inside a vast forgotten Victorian railway waiting room

There is a hidden marvel at Peckham Rye train station, and it is open to the public on Saturday - the former waiting room. However, this is no mere station waiting room of the sort we might see today, but a vast space with stunning roof.

Aug
03
2012
Happy 25th Birthday to the Docklands Light Railway
Happy 25th Birthday to the Docklands Light Railway

Happy 25th Birthday to the Docklands Light Railway

Depending on how you count birthdays for infrastructure projects, today is the 25th anniversary of the official opening of the Docklands Light Railway – by The Queen on the 30th July 1987. And like the Queen, the DLR has two

Jul
30
2012
An unusual train movement on the London Underground
An unusual train movement on the London Underground

An unusual train movement on the London Underground

Earlier this morning, something happened that hasn't been seen for over 65 years - a tube train left Waterloo and arrived at Bank, carrying passengers.

Jul
29
2012
A look at some deep Crossrail tunnel shafts
A look at some deep Crossrail tunnel shafts

A look at some deep Crossrail tunnel shafts

A short walk from Canning Town tube and DLR station two vast holes have been dug into the ground by Crossrail, and in the not too distant future, one is to be filled back in again.

Jul
24
2012
One step closer to seeing Steam Trains at Epping tube station
One step closer to seeing Steam Trains at Epping tube station

One step closer to seeing Steam Trains at Epping tube station

The recently restored Epping Ongar railway in North-East London, while running steam trains from Ongar, doesn't actually go to Epping.

Jul
19
2012
Engineering London’s Cable Car – a lecture
Engineering London’s Cable Car – a lecture

Engineering London’s Cable Car – a lecture

Although London's cable car is something that divides opinion, largely down political allegiances, it is fairly undeniably an engineering triumph, and this morning a talk was held at the Building Centre to look at this aspect of the project.

Jul
13
2012
Photos from inside the abandoned Kingsway Tram Tunnels
Photos from inside the abandoned Kingsway Tram Tunnels

Photos from inside the abandoned Kingsway Tram Tunnels

An abandoned tunnel under Holborn that has been closed for 60 years is to come back to life over the next couple of years as it is to be taken over by Crossrail as a suitable location for some of their hidden enabling works.

Jul
05
2012
A new type of tube train is shown off at the South Bank
A new type of tube train is shown off at the South Bank

A new type of tube train is shown off at the South Bank

If you were heading down into a certain tube station recently via the escalator, you might have been slightly alarmed to see this advancing back up towards you.

Jul
01
2012
Last photos of the Cable Car as a Construction Site
Last photos of the Cable Car as a Construction Site

Last photos of the Cable Car as a Construction Site

Tomorrow lunchtime in what is bound to be a media frenzy, Boris will take a trip across the Thames in his beloved Cable Car, some of the media will love it, and some will loathe it - with their decision probably being more based on politics than genuine reviews of the end product.

Jun
27
2012
Crossrail moves into a former Dr Who film location
Crossrail moves into a former Dr Who film location

Crossrail moves into a former Dr Who film location

Earlier today, a historic train movement took place as the first - and probably last - ever passenger train ran through a tunnel that runs under part of Northfleet, next to Gravesend.

Jun
21
2012
Heritage Buses to Run Through London this Sunday
Heritage Buses to Run Through London this Sunday

Heritage Buses to Run Through London this Sunday

One of London's bus operating companies has decided to urge people to get off the bus and walk along one of its bus routes.

Jun
12
2012
Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway
Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

Steam Trains return to the Epping Ongar Railway

Over the weekend, the inhabitants of Ongar in Essex got extremely excited as the disused railway linking the town to Epping returned to life again - as a steam railway service.

May
29
2012
Photos –  The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market
Photos –  The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market

Photos – The railway tunnels underneath Smithfield Meat Market

People using Farringdon tube and Thameslink stations will not be unaware that a considerable amount of construction work has been taking place over the past few years, and may know that a lot of work is going to carry on as the Thameslink upgrade is completed, just in time for Crossrail to drill its way through the site.

May
25
2012
Mind the Map at the Transport Museum
Mind the Map at the Transport Museum

Mind the Map at the Transport Museum

London's underground railway can not unreasonably be summed up in two icons - tube trains and that famous map.

May
23
2012
Steam Trains to run along a disused Tube Line
Steam Trains to run along a disused Tube Line

Steam Trains to run along a disused Tube Line

If you live out near Ongar on the furthest north-eastern edges of London next this weekend, listen out for the sound of steam trains chugging along a disused part of London Underground’s Central Line railway. After a few years of

May
18
2012
Testing being carried out on the new Cable Car route
Testing being carried out on the new Cable Car route

Testing being carried out on the new Cable Car route

It's been about a month since they joined the cable car pylons with the necessary cables during the early hours of a Saturday morning and a couple of weeks ago they started testing with the cable car pods.

May
12
2012
Ride in a 1938 era tube train at the Rickmansworth Festival
Ride in a 1938 era tube train at the Rickmansworth Festival

Ride in a 1938 era tube train at the Rickmansworth Festival

The annual Rickmansworth Festival is in a couple of weeks time, and as usual, the London Transport Museum will be there with vintage buses to ferry people between Rickmansworth Station and the Festival at Batchworth Lock. Also, the restored 1938

May
08
2012
London’s Lost Suspension Railway at Kings Cross
London’s Lost Suspension Railway at Kings Cross

London’s Lost Suspension Railway at Kings Cross

A full twenty years before steam trains started arriving at the new station of King's Cross, a small monorail suspension railway had operated on the opposite side of the road.

Apr
28
2012
Some photos of the Crossrail construction site at Tottenham Court Road
Some photos of the Crossrail construction site at Tottenham Court Road

Some photos of the Crossrail construction site at Tottenham Court Road

One of the larger and most visible construction sites for Crossrail has to be the massive site on the corner of Oxford Street and TCR – in what was always a ridiculously congested space for pedestrians. The site is split

Apr
20
2012
A look around the building works on the Hammersmith Flyover
A look around the building works on the Hammersmith Flyover

A look around the building works on the Hammersmith Flyover

The dramatic closure then partial reopening of the Hammersmith Flyover is about to move into a new phase as a series of night-time closures takes place to finish off the main works that have taken place so far.

Apr
18
2012
More photos from inside the Connaught Tunnel
More photos from inside the Connaught Tunnel

More photos from inside the Connaught Tunnel

Last week I had a chance to go back into the Connaught Tunnel – the Victorian railway tunnel that runs underneath two of London’s docks and will be part of the future Elizabeth line service. As you may recall from

Apr
11
2012
Looking down a Victorian pumping shaft in Docklands
Looking down a Victorian pumping shaft in Docklands

Looking down a Victorian pumping shaft in Docklands

A small octagonal brick building in docklands conceals a marvellous secret - an 18-metre deep Victorian shaft that is used to pump out water that leaks into the Connaught railway tunnel that runs under the docks.

Apr
04
2012
Punch on the London Underground
Punch on the London Underground

Punch on the London Underground

Just a few cartoons that I recently acquired about the London Underground that were published in Punch Magazine at the start of the last century. Apart from the jokes, which may or may not work a hundred years after they

Mar
28
2012