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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
Talk: Stations of the London Metropolis
Talk: Stations of the London Metropolis

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.

Nov
26
2010
Taking a trip in London’s only Funicular railway
Taking a trip in London’s only Funicular railway

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.

Nov
20
2010

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

Nov
19
2010

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.

Nov
08
2010
Cooling the London Underground
Cooling the London Underground

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

Nov
02
2010

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

Oct
08
2010
50th anniversary of Bank Station’s travolator
50th anniversary of Bank Station’s travolator

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.

Sep
27
2010

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

Sep
24
2010
Take a trip in a 1938 tube train
Take a trip in a 1938 tube train

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.

Aug
22
2010

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

Jul
09
2010
West Ashfield – London Underground’s “secret” tube station
West Ashfield – London Underground’s “secret” tube station

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.

Jul
09
2010

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

May
23
2010
London Overground Service to Shrink on Sunday
London Overground Service to Shrink on Sunday

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.

May
19
2010

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

Apr
27
2010
Steam Train in the Snow
Steam Train in the Snow

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.

Jan
09
2010

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

Dec
31
2009

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.

Dec
16
2009
Steam Train Charges Through North London
Steam Train Charges Through North London

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

Nov
28
2009

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.

Nov
25
2009