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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

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

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

Quiz the Tube Managers

After a group of London bloggers were recently invited to meet with TfL, it is now possible for anyone to quiz the same people we had the chance to chat to. TfL is launching the second (?) of their online

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

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

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

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

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

Tube Roundel – Scavenger Hunt

A couple of weeks ago, the Transport Museum held another of their scavanger hunts where teams are sent off around London to take photos of a subject based on a sheet of clues. This hunt was themed on the tube

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

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