King’s Cross St Pancras

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 →

DSC 0972fi 460x270 - A chocolatey Christmas!

Its that time of year again and since its all about sumptuous food and celebrations, I thought a post featuring chocolates would be most appropriate. For the first time this year a famous French chocolate company, whom some of you may know as Alain Ducasse’s, has a new branch inRead 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 →

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 →

DSC 0089fi 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 →

DSC 0566fi 460x270 - St Pancras heads for 150th anniversary

January 2018 marks the start of the station’s 150th year culminating with full celebrations in October 2018. The famous station had already begun celebrations in a small way with the establishment of a souvenir stall in the Lower Arcade which sells goods and mementos related to the anniversary. This monthRead 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 →

DSC 0792sml 460x270 - King's Cross 'green lanes' - update 2

King’s Cross at a much quieter period today -one can see all the new notices placed on the walls along the platforms – even on the opposite wall where the adverts are. These were put up overnight 1/2nd August 2017. These say “No waiting in the green lane.” New warningRead More →

DSC 0730sml 460x270 - King's Cross 'green lanes' - update

Today TfL staff placed new posters and stickers advising passengers not to stand in the green areas. These were placed right by the exits from the Victoria Line southbound platform at King’s Cross. Here are pictures of these. Notice how the poster is different from that at the top ofRead More →

IMG 9608 460x270 - King's Cross station scenes

1londonblog’s output is somewhat slow at the moment simply because I haven’t been well. Yesterday I was sufficiently better to take a trip to the British Library to do some research for some forthcoming posts. I took my Canon 40d along in case the weather improved, which as you allRead More →

IMG 7574 460x270 - King's Cross - for Regents Park?

King’s Cross – alight here for Regent’s Park? The ‘Park’ can be just seen underneath the Canal stickers That is what someone had in mind when they designed the new King’s Cross tube station signs! Despite this work being completed in 2009 I never noticed this until I took a close look atRead More →