A weekly round-up of London’s rail transport news…

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London Underground

Tube commuters were deliberately exposed to toxic bacteria in 1964 as a cold war experiment. Independent

Risque business! Rolling Stones ad banned on the Tube CNBC

There was a tube strike – as reported by absolutely everyone.

Crossrail

Network Rail begins Gidea Park station upgrade for Crossrail Railway Technology

Back to Bond Street RailEngineer

Written statement to Parliament – Annual update on Crossrail 2015 Gov.uk

Mainline/Overground

Commuters could face a week of travel woes when Southern rail workers strike for five days later this month. Croydon Advertiser

The promise of extra trains connecting Lincoln to London has been thrown into doubt because of timetabling issues. Lincolnshire Echo

Heathrow Express is targeting making the company’s tickets bookable through all the major Global Distribution Systems. Travelution

Miscellaneous

A team of budding engineers from TfL won a national competition to design and manufacture the most efficient, reliable and quietest small-scale locomotive Melton Times

TfL adds miniature railway to its travel planner – down to the individual mini-stations. TfL Blog

Taxi firm Uber triples prices during Tube strike Telegraph

FCBS has won permission for this six-storey housing scheme in South Wimbledon made from cross-laminated timber. The lightweight construction method was chosen so not to impact on the London Underground tunnel beneath the plot. AJ

Steam trains and afternoon tea on the London Underground IanVisits

…and finally, The cat’s miaow – Tama, stationmaster of Kishi station and vice-president of the Wakayama Electric Railway, died on June 22nd, aged 16 The Economist

The image above is from March 2013: Take a ride on one of London’s Miniature Steam Trains

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