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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

The end of an era on the railways

The East Coast Main Line National Express trains are to stop serving tea in cups and saucers. Apparently passengers in First Class dining cars complain about the noise of spoons rattling about in their saucers, so mugs are replacing cups

Oct
21
2008

The Dollis Brook Viaduct

There is a section of the London Underground which has a short bit of track, and just a single train which shuttles between two stations at either end – and it isn’t the Waterloo and City line. I am referring

Oct
19
2008

The Cathedral Express Steam Train

We may live in an age where trains are bland tubes with garish colours and an announcement every 30 seconds, but there are still some good old fashioned steam trains in use on the UK’s railways. Not just confined to

Oct
11
2008

Shepherd’s Bush station moved – a lot

Go to the National Rail website – http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/SPB/details.html Then click on ‘Local Bus Map’ Then click on ‘Local Map’ Now zoom out. I wonder what zone that is in – or is it part of London Transport International? Hat tip

Aug
22
2008
The last wooden escalator
The last wooden escalator

The last wooden escalator

I wandered up to Greenford in North West London this morning to have a look at one of London Underground’s little novelties. Greenford Station, on the Central Line is notable for a couple of reasons – it has the only

Aug
16
2008

Transport developments in London

The latest issue of the transport plans for the Olympic Park has been published. From a rail transport perspective, the key points: Stratford Station Stratford station passenger numbers are expected to double by 2016. The trebling of capacity and improving

Aug
14
2008

An old news article about the Central Line Underground Railway

I have a copy of an article published in The New York Times on March 7th 1898 which goes into detail about the construction of the first stage of what we today call the Central Line on the underground. As

Feb
19
2008
Happy Birthday to the City & South London Railway
Happy Birthday to the City & South London Railway

Happy Birthday to the City & South London Railway

Tomorrow (18th Dec) will be the birthday of the first commercially successful deep level electric railway – the City & South London Railway (C&SLR), which ran from Stockwell in South London to the City at King William Street via a

Dec
17
2007

Get a “free” trip on the Eurostar

When I had the tour of the new Stratford International station last month, mention was made of plans to do tests of the new Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras - and that they would probably open it to the general public.

Oct
15
2007