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The other two London Underground anniversaries this month

While lots of attention is focused on the 150th anniversary of the London Underground dominating the calendar next week, there are in fact two other significant anniversaries this month.

Construction of the Metropolitan Railway at King’s Cross

Another look at the construction of the world’s first underground passenger railway as seen by the Illustrated London News – this time from Feb 1861.

How the world’s first underground (passenger) railway was built

As we edge ever closer to the 150th anniversary of the opening of the world’s first underground railway which is now just a couple of weeks away, it might be interesting to review of the newspaper reports about how the construction of the railway progressed up to that momentous date.

Photos – the Crossrail tunnel portal at Plumstead

In a few weeks time, the fifth of Crossrail’s eight tunnel boring machines will join the other four already underground and start grinding its way through the soil to leaving behind a slick grey concrete tunnel in its wake.

Look out for four steam trains in London this Saturday

This weekend is a good one for fans of steam trains, as there are four locomotives visiting London on Saturday – with one making a fairly rare visit to East London.

London Underground’s 150th anniversary – more details released

More details of next years celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the London Underground have been released and there are some juicy bits of fun being planned.

South London railway disused for 100 years comes back to life

This coming Sunday, passengers will once again be able to travel along that disused Victorian railway line, as the London Overground completes its circumnavigation of London with the last phase of the East London Line extension.

London Underground have covered up a sub-station with art

On a side street just off Edgware Road can be found a new electricity sub-station, required as part of the upgrade of the Underground for more trains and trains that are more thirsty in terms of electricity consumption.

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 5

Another interesting after-effect of the pneumatic railway was to be felt some 50 years later, during the construction of the Bakerloo Line tube tunnels under the Thames.

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 4

Although the railway was formally closed down in February, its ghostly echoes lived on as it had left behind a fair amount of detritus to clear up.

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 3

Despite having apparently surveyed the plans to great detail and being sure that there were no hidden costs to dismay the investors, it wasn’t long before unforeseen problems started to crop up.

East London Line – Drivers Cab video

Earlier today a number of people were invited to try out the new East London Line extension between Surrey Quay’s and Clapham Junction. By the courtesy of the driver, I was allowed to video the drivers view.

London’s Lost Pneumatic Railways – Part 2

“in its present form the pneumatic system is simply an adaptation of the process of sailing to railway; the wind being produced by steam power and confined within the limits of a tube.”

25 Years Ago

London Transport during the Blitz

A short blog post about this quite interesting propaganda film made just as the Blitz was starting, and how doughty Londoners carried on regardless. “Filmed after the start of the Blitz, ‘City Bound’ is an exploration of the daily commute

A look around the Victoria Station upgrade works

(Updated – with some better 3d images of the station development courtesy of the Victoria Station Upgrade Project) Anyone using Victoria Station at the moment can’t have failed to notice that rather a lot of building work is going on,

Unbuilt London: Victorian plans to encircle London with a Crystalline Railway

Bend your imagination to thoughts of the grandest of grand Victorian visions, and encircle the centre of our Metropolis with a vast crystal snake.

Unbuilt London: The City Terminus Railway

Mr Charles Pearson was a City Solicitor, and politician of great ambition for London’s railways, but sadly for him at least, very little direct success.