DSC 0495 460x270 - Cockfosters station - the full article

Despite being the butt of many a joke, ‘Cock Fosters’ as it once was, is a real place and noted for being the northern terminus of the Piccadilly Line. The location itself prior to the opening of the tube was not even a major settlement of any sort, just aRead More →

thevesselfi 460x270 - The Vessel opens - and that elevator!

I have been watching the 154 foot high Vessel’s recent progress with interest and have been curious as to how the ADA compliant elevator sited on the south side of Thomas Heatherwick’s controversial gigantic artwork/sculpture worked. In a previous post I put forward some observations on its possible operation andRead More →

IMG 2593fi 460x270 - Hammersmith CBTC begins

The long awaited automation of the sub-surface lines began today with the implementation of the Hammersmith to Latimer Road CBTC section. After a full days work testing yesterday it was decided the scheme should be implemented with effect from Sunday. Hammersmith signal box was used for the last time earlyRead More →

geoffstationsfi 460x270 - Geoff's least used tube stations?

I assume you have been watching Geoff Marshall’s videos recently, learning which tube stations are the least used – as well as reading that he wont cover the Waterloo & City (W&C) or Emirates Air Line because these are single point to point trips – and cannot have a stationRead More →

IMG 7838fi 460x270 - Whatever happened to the Moon?

The moon? What happened to it? Was it the Great Lunar Cataclysm? Nope that’s not due until August 2037. We have eighteen years before it breaks up alarmingly and dumps huge chunks of lunarscape upon the Earth. Well its not even that, that’s fiction as some of you will know.Read More →

DSC 0493fi 460x270 - TfL's Womens Day at Victoria

On a visit to Victoria station 7th March to check the very controversial one way system in use, the new exhibition set up by TfL for the 8th March – International Womens Day – could not fail to be noticed. Some photographs were quickly taken on the 7th however IRead More →

IMG 0300fi 460x270 - Marylebone station's anniversary

The 120th anniversary! The first official train left Marylebone 9th March and the station opened to the public 15th March 1899. The London terminus was to be a grand one, both for the Midlands, the North and even a rail link to an early Channel Tunnel! The Great Central wasRead More →

vsign7marfi 460x270 - The Victoria Line's really big 50th birthday!

This is it! The big day! 7th March 1969 when the Victoria Line really came into the world. On this day fifty years ago the Queen rode the new automated trains and officially opened the new line in a ceremony at Victoria station. There are 150 images on view. That’sRead More →

DSC 0362fi 460x270 - Euston HS2 #6

Being the one about temporary diversions and demolitions underway. There has been a considerable amount of activity this past week or two. More buildings are coming down and others are being internally stripped. The biggest surprise for me was the suspension of the Euston Green Link route which I discussedRead More →

gewertitle 460x270 - George Ewer & Grey-Green #2

The first part of this series looked at the origins and history of George Ewer/Grey-Green from 1895 to eventual ownership under Arriva buses. Grey-Green was one of the most successful independent coach companies of the 20th Century and for a while it even became one of London’s successful bus operatorsRead More →