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TfL bike hire – not available until May 2010 – advertised today

The bike hire scheme being launched next year is one of those transport ideas that I like, a lot. I was looking forward to cycling into the West End, dropping off the bike and staggering home on the tube via

Jun
29
2009

Vintage Trains at Marylebone Station

I think this is a case of caveat emptor, as while "vintage trains" are promised, they seem to be a footnote to a larger event.

Jun
23
2009
Another trip on a 1938 Tube Train
Another trip on a 1938 Tube Train

Another trip on a 1938 Tube Train

Busy weekend, but culminated with a trip on a restored 1938 tube train running along the Northern Line, probably for the very last time, as new signalling work later this year will make it impossible to run old trains along the Northern Line.

Jun
22
2009

The RMT – Comic by nature, Comic Sans by letter?

A copy of an (allegedly) genuine letter from the RMT union to its more sensible counterpart at Aslef made me do a double-take. Not for the weird polemic written which I read later, but for the instant question as to

Jun
05
2009

Railways boost reliability – sort of

A gushing press release from Network Rail has boasted that overland rail reliability is now at its highest ever level.

Jun
03
2009

Vintage Posters from the Golden Age of Transport

I am a bit of a fan of the slightly rose-tinted memory of the so-called “golden age of transport”, and the posters that it inspired – although far too poor to be able to afford to collect them, alas. Like

May
09
2009

Oysters on the Thames

The Thames river bus service, The Thames Clipper – which zooms past my flat on a very regular basis – has announced that it is to start accepting Oyster PrePay cards from November. http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/media/newscentre/11479.aspx Still to be confirmed is whether

Apr
06
2009
Proposals for Post-Crossrail development at TCR
Proposals for Post-Crossrail development at TCR

Proposals for Post-Crossrail development at TCR

A brief comment has been released on part of the redevelopment proposals for the land which will be cleared as a result of the Crossrail developments at Tottenham Court Road station. As the buildings on the corner will be completely

Mar
27
2009

The DLR’s Brief History of The Docklands

Somehow missed this, but the DLR has published A Brief History of Time the Docklands as a station by station guide. The booklet, some 28 pages long gives 2-3 paragraphs to the history of the area which each station is

Mar
22
2009
The last Thameslink train from Moorgate
The last Thameslink train from Moorgate

The last Thameslink train from Moorgate

Yesterday evening, the very last ever Thameslink train to leave Moorgate station – did indeed leave Moorgate station. Being the last train, loads of train geeks turned up to be able to tell their grandchildren “yes, son – I did

Mar
21
2009

The last Thameslink train from Moorgate

This Friday, Moorgate station will close to Thameslink trains forever as the track approaching it will be cut off thanks to the Thameslink 2000 – I mean, Thameslink Programme – of network upgrades. Hinted at in this week’s issue of

Mar
18
2009

Scavenger Hunting @ the Acton Depot

Yesterday was one of the periodic opening at the Acton Depot, which holds tons of kit that can’t be fitted into the Transport Museum’s Covent Garden venue.  This weekend was themed around miniatures, so the place was also manned by

Mar
08
2009

London Transport Museum’s Open Weekend

Just a tip – if heading over to the periodic open weekend at the Acton Depot this weekend, you would be strongly advised to try and get tickets from the Covent Garden museum before heading over to Acton as the

Mar
06
2009

Railway sleepers to be made from plastic bottles

A press release from Network Rail amused me for the headline grabbing potential, although the press release title was somewhat drier. PLASTIC FANTASTIC: RECYCLED SLEEPERS SET TO ROLL OUT ACROSS THE NETWORK Everyday waste could form part of the railway

Feb
16
2009
Watching the A1 Tornado Steam Train arrive at King’s Cross
Watching the A1 Tornado Steam Train arrive at King’s Cross

Watching the A1 Tornado Steam Train arrive at King’s Cross

Update: The train will be returning to London on the 15th Sept – details here. — Today I wandered over to Kings Cross to watch the A1 Tornado steam train make its inaugural commercial trip – and into London. Got

Feb
07
2009

The A1 Tornado Steam Train Arrives in London

Just a heads up that the A1 Tornado, the first steam train to be built in the UK for nearly 50 years will be making its first commercial passenger trip tomorrow (Sat 7th Feb), and will be expected at Kings

Feb
06
2009

Tube Station sponsorship could be valuable

Some months ago, I noted an

Feb
04
2009
Steam Trains and Road Crossings
Steam Trains and Road Crossings

Steam Trains and Road Crossings

A press release from Network Rail the other day made me do a bit of a double-take and a bit of research. The press release itself was nothing special, being a warning that a moribund, but never technically closed (echos

Jan
14
2009
London’s Tube After Midnight
London’s Tube After Midnight

London’s Tube After Midnight

For your enjoyment, some nice photos taken by Time Magazine of the London underground night time workers – and the work they do. http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1870615,00.html The Londonist and Annie Mole went down one evening and wrote about the night-time activities, which

Jan
12
2009

First Day of the Woolwich DLR

Today was the completion of a DLR extension project which had taken the light railway down towards City Airport – and after a short hiatus for tunneling work – under the River Thames to Woolwich town centre. I had planned

Jan
10
2009
Steam trains in London this weekend
Steam trains in London this weekend

Steam trains in London this weekend

If you’ve been watching the recent series of TV programs on BBC4 (and some on BBC2) about the ending of steam trains in the country – then you might be interested to learn that this weekend is an excellent one

Dec
09
2008

Bloggers Briefing with London Transport

On Tuesday, I was invited to join a bunch of other London based scribes to have a lunchtime round-table meeting over at Transport for London’s iconic HQ building office round the corner from their iconic HQ building to get some

Nov
27
2008

India to get a monorail service

Saw a nifty bit of news this morning – it seems that the contracts have been awarded to build the first monorail service in India – in Mumbai (Bombay). I saw a series of programs earlier this year on BBC

Nov
10
2008

Warning Messages on London Transport

Prompted by a comment on Annie Moles’s blog about sarcastic warning messages on the tube network I was reminded of a thought I had yesterday about the perpetual audio warning messages which pervade the transport system today. I was sitting

Nov
03
2008