vl1dec1968 690x495 - 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 →

IMG 6993 690x495 - 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 690x495 - 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 690x495 - 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 →

DSC 0089fi 690x495 - St. Pancras water fountain

It was most pleasant to see the old drinking water fountain restored as part of what will eventually be a good network of water fountains, thereby prompting many to ditch the act of buying these awful plastic bottles! The drinking fountain was restored as part of the station’s 150th anniversaryRead More →

DSC 0494fi 690x495 - Filthy tube roundels

Does TfL ever clean its roundels? I ask that because I discovered some of the most filthiest roundels on the tube system! These are at Kings Cross St Pancras, and the first, a contender for a possible disgusting roundel of the year award, is one of the two main accessRead More →

DSC 6256fi 690x495 - The Thameslink tunnels' 150th anniversary

Another Thameslink anniversary that has come around in 2018! This is an important one as it also denotes the very first day in question when the Midland Railway began serving all the new stations from Bedford right down into Central London, long before St. Pancras station itself opened. The currentRead More →

DSC 0529 690x495 - Thameslink's 30th Anniversary

The new British Rail services known as Thameslink were opened by Princess Anne on this day 30 years ago. Full services began between Bedford and Brighton on 16 May 1988. Some services also went to Guildford (these were later cut back to Sutton.) The line’s expansion and its first automaticRead More →

IMG 1903fi 690x495 - Ffestiniog Railway at King's Cross

The iconic setting under the large concourse roof at King’s Cross station was once again a setting for the famous Ffestiniog railway. Two of its locomotives plus the replica Ashbury carriage, built at Boston Lodge Works, formed the centrepiece of the exhibition just a month ago. The locomotives were Velinheli andRead More →

DSC 0402fi 690x495 - Thameslink's Canal Tunnels open!

Thameslink’s Canal Tunnels opened today! The new north-south services began operating through the inter-linking tunnels between St. Pancras and Belle Isle junction near King’s Cross. Initially the service consists of just three trains a day in each direction. The full timetable will begin in May. The staff were out inRead More →