IMG 0228A - The Wonderpass is open!

The former subway underneath Marylebone Road at Baker Street is finally open as Wonderpass. The official opening took place on 29th January 2016 with participants from TfL, City of Westminster, University of Westminster, Baker Street Quarter, Royal Academy of Music, Bigg Design, and others. The underpass was originally built inRead More →

IMG 1318 - Wonderpass - how it utilises a bit part from 1863

1863 is the year the Metropolitan Railway opened. It consisted of four miles and six through stations. Of these just three were truly underground. Gower Street (Euston Square), Portland Road (Great Portland Street) and the more famous Baker Street. The main entrance was originally at the western end of theRead More →

IMG 2786 690x500 - Paddington trilogy #3 Stones

The unadopted (eg private) road that’s part of the Jubilee Greenway leading from South Wharf Road to the canal basin at Paddington is lined by huge stone blocks on either side and whose origin have been debated from time to time. Each stone has two holes which were used toRead More →

IMG 2852 - Paddington trilogy #2 Stables

In the previous post I very briefly alluded to the Mint building in Paddington. Well this is it! Despite being a hospital wing and part of the world famous St Mary’s complex, the Mint in fact began life as horse stables! This unusual structure was opened in 1878 as aRead More →

03 1 - King's Cross Coal Drops

The news re go-ahead for the coal drops at the old King’s Cross goods yard seemed like a good time for me to dig out pics of the goods yard in early 2000’s just before major re-development began. The photos clearly show how the coal drops were once, and justRead More →

IMG 9788 - A mystery junction

A mystery prompted by Ian Visits…. a sort of who dunnit…. 🙂 Ian discusses an article written in the early 1860’s on the soon to be opened Metropolitan Railway. He quotes from the Ilustrated London News: “the railway starts from opposite the Great Western Railway Hotel at Paddington, with aRead More →

gps - The Metropolitan Railway's first full run in 1862

Common knowledge: Q – When was the first  full trial run on London’s Metropolitan Railway? A – 24 May 1862 Many sources use this date as being the date of the first full, official, run along the entire Metropolitan Railway. Sadly the answer is completely wrong! During recent research onRead More →

gpstube2 - The Great Portland Street walk

The news has been abound with reports of TfL’s new tube walking map, which shows distances between tube stations in terms of walking times. The usual walking alternatives such as Paddington-Lancaster Gate,  Aldgate-Aldgate East and others come up again and again (Standard 11th Nov 2015) However few ever discuss conundrumsRead More →

IMG 3932 - Brunel terminus

The 1850’s terminus at Paddington is an awesome building. Designed and engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the northernmost shed was recently cleaned & it looks splendid. This was probably an easier job as it is the newest of the four trainsheds, built in the 1900’s. The two middle and westernRead More →

IMG 3609 - Tramlink

Despite fairly regular visits to Croydon’s Tramlink, I have never posted any pics on here. For the first time I present a few I took tonight… Photos taken between Wellesey Road/North End/Tamworth Road.Read More →