DSC 0239bfi 690x495 - Clapham Junction 1988

Thirty years ago this month occurred one of Britain’s worst rail accidents. It happened just after 8.00am on 12 December 1988 near Clapham Junction station. A wiring fault allowed signals to randomly show a red, yellow or green aspect. It was during one of those sequences when a driver ofRead More →

DSC 0142fi 690x495 - A Schwebebahn Anniversary

On this very day, 5th December, a hundred and twenty years ago the very first test trains ran on the world’s one and only true monorail system. This was the Schwebebahn suspension railway through the twin cities of Elberfeld and Barmen in the Ruhr area of Germany. The two citiesRead More →

archfi 690x495 - Euston's arch was demolished for a tube station!

Did you know the famous Euston Arch was in the way of the Underground? That new escalators and a ticket hall (to replace the old building and lifts on Melton Street and elsewhere belonging to the Northern Line) were needed? It turns out the demolition of the arch was necessaryRead More →

vl1dec1968 690x495 - Victoria Line 50th Anniversary #2

On this day, 1st December 1968 the Victoria Line opened stage two of its Walthamstow to Victoria route which entailed just three new stations. King’s Cross, Euston and Warren Street. Much like the first stage, this second was conducted without ceremony with services starting to a normal timetable. Again itRead More →

nrseal 690x495 - The New River #2

The debate between the builders of the New River and the later, more famous waterways engineer, James Brindley, continues to be a part of debate. Was one or the other the more original concept in terms of waterways construction? In some respects neither were really original although the New RiverRead More →

IMG 9153fi 690x495 - Coal Drops Yard: a critique

This week’s posts have invariably been about Coal Drops Yard (CDY) and yesterday’s report was one I enjoyed writing immensely, however it doesn’t belie the fact I still want to analyse the new development and discuss its pros and cons. I thought it would be prodigious to write an immediateRead More →

IMG 7094fi 690x495 - Coal Drops Yard history in photos

The new Coal Drops Yard opens this week! Despite it being a historic site originally built in the 1850s its very hard to find any old pictures – clearly it was a sort of exclusive area being a heavily industrial area for the purposes of railway storage and transshipment purposes.Read More →

DSC 0406fi 690x495 - Euston Station Anniversary Special

On this day fifty years ago the Queen opened the new Euston station. This embedded video (below) from You Tube shows pretty much the whole proceedings. The large stone unveiled by the Queen still stands to this day near the escalators leading to the tube station. Euston station is aRead More →

IMG 6993 690x495 - St Pancras at 150

Today its 150 years since St. Pancras station opened its doors. I thought it would be nice to celebrate with a series of pictures. These pictures range from the construction of the station right to the present as well as the hotel and other aspects and there is a goodRead More →

DSC01958fi 690x495 - The New River

Sir Hugh Myddleton’s New River opened on this day 405 years ago. On Michaelmas Day 1613 itself there was a momentous event. An extravagant parade was led through the streets of Islington and the cheers went up when the first water entered the newly built Round Pond. The New RiverRead More →