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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
Talk: Stations of the London Metropolis
Tuesday evening found the subterranean lecture hall at the Transport Museum almost filled up as Oliver Green gave an introductory talk about his latest pocket book - and it is actually designed to fit in a pocket - about the mainline terminus stations in London.
Taking a trip in London’s only Funicular railway
Of all the railways in London, I only recently became aware of a special railway and today took a trip along what is London's only Funicular railway.
Clean up the Canary Wharf station names confusion
Anyone who makes extensive use of the Jubilee Line and DLR in the Canary Wharf area will be well aware that only tourists/visitors would ever try to switch between the Canary Wharf stations on each line, as Herron Quays on…
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.
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…
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? That question is the long running obsession of…
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.
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…
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.…
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…
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.
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…
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.…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.