Watch some steam trains in London on Saturday
It’s the last of the big steam train runs though London tomorrow (Saturday) with two trains at lunchtime, one at an uncomfortably early hour in the morning, and all three returning in the late afternoon/evening. First up is the Christmas…
Updated photos of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station
Although I did once go down underground into the station, here are a few photos I took over the weekend of the visible part of the building works, with reasonably close comparisons with previous photos I took. Difficult to get…
Steam train passing through East London on Saturday
Steam trains in North and South West London while not commonplace, aren’t rare – but a steam train in East London is exceptionally so, and tomorrow (Sat 10th Dec) is a chance for people in this side of the city…
First Pylon for Boris’s Cable Car Installed
When finally completed, the most striking aspect of Boris's latest folly/innovative public transport service (delete depending on political preference) will be the three tall pylons that carry the cables over the Thames.
Four chances to watch steam trains in London today
Four chances to watch steam trains running around London today – one leaving at lunchtime and three returning this evening. Firstly, there is the VSOE Luncheon Excursion leaving Victoria Station at 12:30 and running via Clapham Junction (12:40), Barnes (12:47),…
London Underground Moquette at Canary Wharf
The main shopping centre at Canary Wharf is doing something exceptionally rare this weekend – they are admitting that men like to buy clothes. Throughout the year, the place puts on lots of shopping events for the ladies, but the…
The Crystal Palace Subway Tunnel
I was interested to read this morning of a campaign to reopen a long disused tunnel at Crystal Palace that I have long wanted to poke rather more than just a nose inside for a look at.
A 3D model of Bank Tube Station – and a look at the upgrade plans
If planning permission is granted, then six years of building and tunnelling works will start at Bank tube station from 2015 to fix the notorious bottleneck at the Northern Line.
The underground railway in North Korea
About 7 years ago I was finishing a long stint of very hard work, and feeling weary, decided to book a holiday… to North Korea. Because that is the sort of holiday I like to take. Tourists are not routinely…
More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events
You may recall that the Transport Museum has secured a grant to Aldwych tube station might be open for tours in the summer (more about that in a day or three). The rail depot at Neasden is expected to have…
Changes Announced to London’s only Parliamentary Train Service
Regular readers may recall my rather fun little trip earlier this year on the
The Northern Line tunnel – bombed and flooded in 1940 – and still sealed shut
Just before midnight on the 9th September 1940, sailors up on deck of the cargo sailing ship, Seven Seas were watching an air raid by German bombers over the Charing Cross railway bridge when an explosion hit the river and a large wave struck the ship.
Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station?
If you use the tube station at Victoria, then you already are!
100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground
Tomorrow (Tue 4th Oct) marks 100 years since the first moving staircase was demonstrated on the London Underground, at Earl's Court station to be specific.
A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station
When booking a tour of Kings Cross station with limited information about what the tour will include, there is a risk that it will be just a wander around the public areas, or maybe a good look around some of the building site that is closed off to the public.
A tour of the Crossrail tunnel portal at Royal Oak
In around 2018, when the first Crossrail passengers come into London from the West, they leave the existing overland railway near Royal Oak tube station and dip down into the tunnels that will run under the city.
A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station
Regular users of London Bridge station will doubtless be aware that the mainline platforms are raised a couple of stories above the surrounding road, supported on massive brick arches. These arches are visible in the form of roads that run…
Open House – West Ham Bus Garage
Opened at the tail end of 2008, the bus garage at West Ham claims to be the largest single bus depot in the UK – and as is increasingly common, one of the most environmentally friendly. The distinctive green roof…
Win a Moquette covered chair
Thanks to a birthday gift voucher from my flatmate, I was in the Transport Museum’s shop the other day picking up some goodies, including a moquette design tea towel – which it turns out isn’t that effective in its tea…
Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International
A day later than I had originally expected, the DLR extension to Stratford International has finally opened to the general public.
Chesham Shuttle to Return to Service this Weekend
Last December, the need to change trains to catch a short shuttle service to Chesham on the Metropolitan Line was abolished as direct trains were introduced as part of the line and train upgrade programme. This weekend though, the Shuttle…
The DLR extension is finally opening
Update 30th Aug 5:55am: Despite the TfL website showing trains running every few minutes as expected, the platforms at Canning Town are still sealed off and a DLR train attendant told me they are still testing the line. No idea…
Crime numbers on the London Underground
The Evening Standard has managed to get a list of crime numbers on the London Underground, broken down by station and delivered the not entirely surprising headline that Kings Cross is the crime ridden capital of the tube network. However,…
Going Inside Stockwell Bus Garage
As mentioned yesterday, I found myself on a rather special double-decker bus on a trip to a mystery location, described as an overlooked piece of post-war architecture. The location, suitably enough for a trip on a bus, was a bus…