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Watch some steam trains in London on Saturday
Watch some steam trains in London on Saturday

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

Dec
16
2011
Updated photos of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station
Updated photos of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station

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

Dec
15
2011
Steam train passing through East London on Saturday
Steam train passing through East London on Saturday

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

Dec
09
2011
First Pylon for Boris’s Cable Car Installed
First Pylon for Boris’s Cable Car Installed

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.

Dec
06
2011
Four chances to watch steam trains in London today
Four chances to watch steam trains in London today

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),

Dec
03
2011
London Underground Moquette at Canary Wharf
London Underground Moquette at Canary Wharf

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

Nov
18
2011
The Crystal Palace Subway Tunnel
The Crystal Palace Subway Tunnel

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.

Nov
15
2011
A 3D model of Bank Tube Station – and a look at the upgrade plans
A 3D model of Bank Tube Station – and a look at the upgrade plans

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.

Nov
09
2011
The underground railway in North Korea
The underground railway in North Korea

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

Nov
06
2011
More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events
More details of London Underground’s 150th Anniversary Events

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

Nov
01
2011
Changes Announced to London’s only Parliamentary Train Service
Changes Announced to London’s only Parliamentary Train Service

Changes Announced to London’s only Parliamentary Train Service

Regular readers may recall my rather fun little trip earlier this year on the

Oct
31
2011
The Northern Line tunnel – bombed and flooded in 1940 – and still sealed shut
The Northern Line tunnel – bombed and flooded in 1940 – and still sealed shut

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.

Oct
26
2011
Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station?
Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station?

Fancy testing part of a future Crossrail Station?

If you use the tube station at Victoria, then you already are!

Oct
05
2011
100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground
100th Anniversary of the Escalator on London Underground

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.

Oct
03
2011
A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station
A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station

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.

Sep
29
2011
A tour of the Crossrail tunnel portal at Royal Oak
A tour of the Crossrail tunnel portal at Royal Oak

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.

Sep
23
2011
A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station
A mysterious structure in the Vaults under London Bridge train station

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

Sep
22
2011
Open House – West Ham Bus Garage
Open House – West Ham Bus Garage

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

Sep
20
2011
Win a Moquette covered chair
Win a Moquette covered chair

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

Sep
07
2011
Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International
Photos – the new DLR Extension to Stratford International

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.

Aug
31
2011
Chesham Shuttle to Return to Service this Weekend
Chesham Shuttle to Return to Service this Weekend

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

Aug
26
2011
The DLR extension is finally opening
The DLR extension is finally opening

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

Aug
25
2011
Crime numbers on the London Underground
Crime numbers on the London Underground

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,

Aug
22
2011
Going Inside Stockwell Bus Garage
Going Inside Stockwell Bus Garage

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

Aug
14
2011