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Tickets for the Underground’s 150th anniversary steam trips

Last year, I wrote that London Underground were planning to run a steam train along the underground network as part of its 150th anniversary. Turns out I was right about the plans, if not entirely correct about the route. Well,


How the first Underground Railway might have run under the West End of London

In 1855, a plan was submitted to Parliament for what could have been the first Underground railway under London – with a route that would have pre-dated the eventual Central and Picadilly Lines by some 50 years. The London Railway


A look around the Jubilee Line train depot at Stratford

In 1879, the Great Eastern Railway opened a new fruit and veg market at Stratford which gave its name to the local Stratford Market train station. Connected to the local railway, it had 12 sidings to service the market. In


The final day of the 50-year old Met Line trains

Yesterday, the last of the 50-year old Metropolitan Line trains made its final public trips along the railways, and like an awful lot of people, I took a short trip to say farewell to the old timer. I was going


A “Grand Tour” to say goodbye to London Underground’s oldest trains

To mark the end of the 50 year service of the old Metropolitan Line trains, a grand tour has been arranged to give them a bit of a send-off before the last of them depart to the scrapyard. It’s probably


An unusual train movement on the London Underground

Earlier this morning, something happened that hasn’t been seen for over 65 years – a tube train left Waterloo and arrived at Bank, carrying passengers. Yes, to help cope with the deluge of passengers for the Olympics, the Waterloo and


70th anniversary of an aircraft factory hidden in a tube tunnel

After 16 months of preparation during the height of the blitz, a secret aircraft components factory was completed deep underground in North London in what were unfinished tunnels for the Central Line extension. The factory was completed in March 1942,


Punch on the London Underground

Just a few cartoons that I recently acquired about the London Underground that were published in Punch Magazine at the start of the last century. Apart from the jokes, which may or may not work a hundred years after they


Another upgrade for the Jubilee Line completed

Monday should see the final stage of the long running signalling upgrade on the Jubilee Line come to completion, as the line starts running close to its theoretical peak rate. Last August, the network upgraded from running 24 trains per


Emergency services to simulate a terrorist attack on the tube network

Whenever the debate about why various disused tube stations — specifically Aldwych — can’t be opened to the public more often, it is usually pointed out that the best of them — specifically Aldwych — are still in use for


Photos – Blackfriars tube station reopens

Several months late, or a week early, depending on how you look at it, Blackfriars tube station unexpectedly opened to the public this morning. Closed in March 2009, it was supposed to open in late 2011, then a press release


Green Park tube station to get groundwater cooling system

I thought work on this had been paused as part of the Great Olympic Engineering Shutdown, but a note from TfL earlier today says that a rather interesting air cooling system will be introduced at Green Park station this summer.


RMT tells station staff they shouldn’t grit platforms/ticket halls

London Underground has a bit of a tendency to put up warning signs about adverse weather the moment the slightest hint of precipitation is detected in the air, but I think we can accept that the past couple of days


Too many improvements in an email – TfL’s changing language

I noticed something last week which stood out a bit, and it happened again today, so I dug into my archive to see when it happened. What am I talking about? The weekly emails from TfL warning of dire problems


Guide book to disused underground tube and train stations

A pocket book — that actually fits in a pocket — has been launched by regular transport publishers, Capital History and aims to offer a selection of guided walks around London looking for the surface signs of disused railways below