Historical

DSCF0564test 460x270 - Snowdon's Hafod Eryri 10 years

Wales’ so called ‘highest slum’ – the old Snowdon summit building – was replaced in 2009 with a brand new design by Ray Hole, and called Hafod Eryri, which means roughly summer residence. It was built to better match the summit of Snowdon than the old building did and hasRead More →

tubeposter1 460x270 - Tube Vintage Poster Tweets #1

A goody bag of tweets covering many different types of vintage London Underground posters, many dating back to the very early days of the tube. This post was originally prepared in 2017, which explains why tweets only go up to that year. A new post has been done with thoseRead More →

blkpooltfi 460x270 - Blackpool tower at 125

Britain’s answer to the Eiffel Tower and only five years younger, is the famous tower at Blackpool, for many decades the tallest building in the British Isles (besides the somewhat taller, short lived one at New Brighton.) The Blackpool Tower was inspired by the enormous success of the Eiffel Tower.Read More →

01011293 460x270 - The Southend Pier railway

The unusual three foot six inch gauge railway as it was known in its final form began operation in 1949. The exact date for the introduction of the new trains, signalling and crossovers took place on 13th April 1949. The pier’s first railway began partial operation in 1889 thus thisRead More →

IMG 3235fi 460x270 - Burlington Arcade celebrates its 200th

This is the one with the Beadles! The Burlington Arcade has reached two centuries and its one of perhaps a couple of places in London that has continuously employed Beadles on its watch. The arcade is found on Piccadilly right next to the Royal Academy, just round the corner fromRead More →

2019 03 23 8fi 460x270 - The 40th anniversary of LT's last RT services

Eighty years ago the first RT bus entered service with London Transport. This was RT1, formerly ST1140, a temporary hybrid of a bus allocated to Hanwell garage on the 18c route. By April 1939 it had a new body and after evaluation was allocated to Putney (Chelverton Road) for RouteRead More →

IMG 4752fi 460x270 - Runaway tube trains #2

In the first part of this we looked at runaway trains on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines. This second part looks at those lines which one would assume did not have runaway trains of any sort. These are the Victoria, Waterloo & City and Island Lines. The latterRead More →

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 →

DSC 0406fi 460x270 - 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 →