1958picfi 460x270 - A 1956 tube stock mystery

A special post about the 1956 tube stock. Piccadilly Circus station staff sent a tweet (one of their earliest ones) in February of this year asking for information on a picture of a train at the station itself. Its a photograph I have seen before – but not in colourRead More →

IMG 8807fi 460x270 - Piccadilly Circus tube's BSL

Piccadilly Circus tube station, one of the busiest on the tube, certainly in terms of tourism, is also a station where the unusual happens all the time. I have written about the staff once before. They have indeed been doing something very unusual. This is their learning some sign languageRead More →

DSC 5944fi 460x270 - RV1 ends

As a good number of my readers will know, the RV1 ended last night. Although I was not able to go out due to injuries, here’s a quick post plus some social media pictures of the RV1’s finale. This round of bus cuts is the most hefty so far byRead More →

lightsealbdwyfi 460x270 - The lights die down on Ealing Broadway

For years I’ve seen the lights at Ealing Broadway station. And they are dead! Here Comes the Supernatural Anaesthetist – saying its time to write of them. For long years these lights have been in oblivion. Just waiting for annihilation. And so it begins…. Its TfL’s own Grand Parade ofRead More →

pilatusfi 460x270 - The Pilatus Bahn at 130

The Pilatus Bahn at 130. Switzerland’s famous rack railway and the steepest example in the world opened to the public on 4th June 1889. The line uses a unique patent of rack rail devised by Eduard Locher who realised the normal types of rack railway would not be able toRead More →

wdhdtnlfi 460x270 - Woodhead and the EM2s

A tribute to the now closed railway tunnel and its famous EM2 locomotives. The tunnel was the UK’s longest landwards example built during the 20th Century. Two major collapses caused huge delays in construction. The total cost was £4.3 million. It opened more than a year late in 1954 completeRead More →

IMG 3046fi 460x270 - Angerstein crossing brief update

It has transpired that Network Rail wants to close the crossing because they want the track profile altered and the layout remodelled. They say they could provide a new crossing further north but this is slightly in conflict with their plans. Their preferred option, the fullest one with the mostRead More →

DSC 0125 460x270 - Waterloo's new tube entrance!

This morning the ‘new’ tube entrance at Waterloo was opened. Or if you prefer, re-opened. Confused? More in a moment on that! Today is the soft opening, and next week there will be fanfare when an official opening takes place. The long awaited tube entrance on the north side ofRead More →

IMG 8350fi 460x270 - Build Crossrail's City Airport station!

Again & again it’s been said Crossrail should have a City Airport station. This week the news is City Airport’s in discussion with TfL on it. Crossrail actually passes through the site of the old Silvertown station on the North London Line and this was once City Airport’s official station!Read More →

IMG 7910fi 460x270 - The GWR HST finale

The main part of the HST finale on 18th May took place in the late pm and early evening. My other post here, deals briefly with events earlier in the day. As I expected there was a huge turnout, I don’t really go in for these sort of events, butRead More →

IMG 4725fi 460x270 - Azuma & HST Finale

Today’s special post is about the Azuma finale. But they’ve only just started! Sorry, you’re right. This post should be about the last HST’s out of Paddington apologies! Today is the big day when HST’s bow out of main GWR services, and practically all the day’s services have been andRead More →

IMG 8035fi 460x270 - By diesel to Chesham

The last time any special sort of train visited Chesham was in 2013, on the 16th August when Met no.1 and L150, with Sarah Siddons and the Chesham carriages made two round trips to the small Chiltern town. We are coming up to the anniversaries of the Steam on theRead More →

IMG 4384fi 460x270 - Angerstein crossing's new look

This is about the ‘upgrade’ at the Angerstein foot crossing and its a follow-up to my previous two posts. Not one blog nor Twitter has made any updates on the Angerstein branch since the controversy over Network Rail’s proposal to close the crossing in April. Its being kept open forRead More →

DSC 5586fi 460x270 - The Jubilee Line's priority seats

Created in time for TfL’s #Travelkind Priority Seating Week beginning 24th April 2019, these innovative new seating moquettes are set to impress. The colours are more eye catching than the old seats and the message on each one of these seats cannot be ignored easily. TfL say the entire JubileeRead More →

IMG 4317fi 460x270 - Eurostar at St Pancras

An extra commemorative post for the 25th anniversary of the Chunnel! I thought I’d go along to St. Pancras and see what was happening. Had sort of expected there might be something about the 25th anniversary of the tunnel but there wasn’t – unless something had been missed earlier. IRead More →

010112A5fi 460x270 - The Channel Tunnel 25 years on

Tunnels have been proposed under the English Channel (La Manche) for many years and there were in fact many attempts to build one. Some projects did get to construct tunnels that went partially under the channel, however the sheer scale of the task proved to be a stumbling block. ItRead More →

IMG 3951fi 460x270 - Kentish Town's crazy escalators!

This week a tweet particularly intrigued me. It showed the escalator steps at Kentish Town tube station with a quirky message ‘Stand on the handrail.’ An impossible task apparently – unless one was some sort of acrobat or tightrope artist. Clearly the message was removed very soon after the errorRead More →

010112A7fi 460x270 - Charing Cross is still on the Jubilee!

This week being the Jubilee Line’s 40th anniversary, I can reveal Charing Cross is still served by the Jubilee Line! ‘Aha yes that it does,’ one may retort, adding ‘but trains run there out of service from Green Park, no public services at all!’ No that’s not what I mean.Read More →