Historical

IMG 4752fi 460x270 - Runaway tube trains

Imagine a tube train that somehow finds its own way through tunnels. People may think it never happens but these ‘ghost’ tube trains do happen to be reality and whats more they carry a number passengers, no doubt quite terrified in some instances when their trains does strange things orRead More →

DSC 0189fi 460x270 - The Television Centre in White City

The BBC TV Centre at White City was opened in 1960 which is now almost sixty years ago. It too is roughly that amount of time since the first time I ventured to White City on the Central Line. Actually I think it was about 1958 I first passed throughRead More →

DSC 0316fi 460x270 - The new Piccadilly Circus station's anniversary

Piccadily Circus station’s brand new ticket hall opened 90 years ago! Who have thought…. its actually a very young age compared to the universe itself, yet at the same time there’s practically no-one around now who will have remembered the new station in its first days. It shows just howRead More →

DSC 0239bfi 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 →