jubilee40fi 460x270 - Jubilee Line 40th Anniversary

A post that does what its says on the label! But first a lovely photo collage from the London Transport Museum…. Opening scenes, posters and futuristic station architecture. Source: Twitter The Jubilee Line is, as some say, a silver fox. Its really so very old! Here’s a picture of theRead 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 0082fi 460x270 - Victoria Line 50th - a cake of a time!

September 1st 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first section of the Victoria Line. I had intended to do a report on the day’s events for publication just a few days after but it just got put to one side and eventually was forgotten altogether. FinallyRead More →

DSC 0810fi 460x270 - Victoria Line oddities

In just six weeks time its the Victoria Line’s big anniversary. The 1st September last year was commemorated with celebrations by Victoria Line and TfL staff and included special publicity, posters, special birthday cakes, speeches and so on. The one in December was missed off because its not really significantRead 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 →

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 →

IMG 6993 460x270 - St Pancras at 150 #2

A follow on from Monday’s feature which showed mainly aspects of the station and the railway from the 1860s to 2016. This post covers the period 2006 to 2018, from the reconstruction of St. Pancras as an international station right through to the 150 celebrations and includes many aspects ofRead More →

IMG 7095fi 460x270 - St Pancras at 150 - the cake!

Today at St Pancras was cake day! A huge cake featuring all the main elements of the station was made to celebrate the station’s 150th birthday and at 6pm on Monday evening the cake was cut after renditions of ‘Happy Birthday’ by King’s and other schools. The beer festival wasRead More →

IMG 6993 460x270 - St Pancras at 150

Today its 150 years since St. Pancras station opened its doors. I thought it would be nice to celebrate with a series of pictures. These pictures range from the construction of the station right to the present as well as the hotel and other aspects and there is a goodRead More →

1sept1968fi 460x270 - The Victoria Line 50th Anniversary Special

The Victoria Line has now attained its 50th anniversary. Certainly 2019 will be seen by some die hard enthusiasts as the true 50th anniversary as that is when Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the new tube route. The first section opened in 1968 (Walthamstow to Highbury/Warren Street) thus most ofRead More →

vllondonspridefi 460x270 - Victoria Line anniversary news & tweets

The big anniversary is upon us – the Victoria Line turns 50 this weekend! There will be events taking place this weekend (and articles on this blog with pictures not seen before.) Quite a few people and organisations are already tweeting on the 50th anniversary of the line and aRead More →

DSC 0450fi 460x270 - The Snow Hill lines' 30th anniversary

Today is the 30th anniversary since Thameslink began its public services through the Snow Hill tunnels beneath the City of London. On this day the line’s full timetable of services to from Bedford to Brighton and Guildford began. Its not just a Thameslink anniversary for its also 30 years sinceRead More →

IMG 6416fi 460x270 - St Pancras Thameslink 10th Anniversary

St Pancras International currently has three different railway anniversaries. These are the opening of the Eurostar terminal on 11 November 2007 followed by the new Thameslink station on 9 December of that year (both 10 years ago) and the station itself has entered its 150th year of public service. WithRead More →

kar120 460x270 - The Prisoner at 50 - Many Happy Returns!

The Prisoner began on Friday 29th September 1967 in the UK, hence this is the 50th anniversary. Did you know tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of #Arrival, the 1st episode of #ThePrisoner aired in 1967? And we have a #surprise to come! — Portmeirion (@Portmeirion) September 28, 2017 TheRead More →

DSC 0044fi 460x270 - The DLR 30 years ago (2)

As I pointed out yesterday, the opening of the DLR to the public was not without its problems. Our train which was bound for Island Gardens got diverted to Poplar. On the next day, the 1st of September 1987, I encountered a somewhat more serious problem on the DLR. IRead More →

DSC 0044fi 460x270 - The DLR 30 years ago

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Docklands Light Railway. It was officially opened by the Queen on 30 July 1987 however due to ongoing issues with the operation of the trains it was decided to defer public services a further month. That date was 31st August 1987. These areRead More →

dlrsml 460x270 - Dockland Railway's New Colours

Today is the 30th Anniversary of the DLR. I wasn’t marking it as didn’t think I had anything to write on it. However looking at the new DLR map, seems it should be: 1) Deep Lime Railway (the new dark green.) 2) Dainty Lime Railway (that would be the lighterRead More →

IMG 6441sml 460x270 - Queen's Tower 130th Anniversary

The Queen’s Tower, designed by Thomas Collcutt, celebrates 130 years since its inception. (The Imperial Institute too was conceived on this day, an anniversary no one seems to have noticed – except me!) I visited Imperial College today and certainly nothing was happening, just a day like any other 🙂Read More →