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 →

IMG 1026 460x270 - Forgotten London - Marylebone Circus

There’s London’s famous Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Circus, even the lesser known Battersea, St Giles and Ludgate Circuses. Can I by any chance mention Marylebone Circus? Come off it. There’s no such place in London. Just stop making things up! Okay! The truth is barely anyone will have heard of MaryleboneRead More →

DSC 0121 460x270 - London's tube stations that began life as a terminus

When one asks which tube stations are true underground termini, Brixton, Walthamstow (both Victoria Line) and Bank, Waterloo (both Waterloo & City Line), Elephant and Castle (Bakerloo Line) plus Heathrow Terminal Five (Piccadilly Line) will most likely come to mind. There were loads more underground tube station termini at oneRead More →

DSC 0687 460x270 - Portman Day Nursery, NW8

The former Portman Day Nursery in Salisbury Street, London, NW8 The centre in Salisbury Street, Marylebone, was opened by Lord Stonehaven on 13 July 1939. Its one of London’s least known art deco buildings. It was constructed for the St Marylebone Health Society. The centre as originally built in 1938.Read More →

DSC 9533 460x270 - London's drive thro' basement

Few people know that one of London’s roads begins with a tunnel and ends by passing through basements/garage lots. Its very near Charing Cross and provides a useful shortcut from the Strand to the Victoria Embankment. Its called Lower Robert Street, used mostly by taxis or trade vehicles. One canRead More →

IMG 5408 460x270 - Fowler's Ghost

Fowler’s Ghost was a 2-4-0 broad gauge locomotive designed for the Metropolitan Railway by Sir John Fowler. The engine made just one test run through Edgware Road station in 1862 and was a failure. The Marylebone flyover approach shown below is the exact spot where the Ghost stood. Behind the wall is Edgware Road station. The A40 was built across theRead More →

IMG 7777 460x270 - Fantastic LT roundel poster!

TfL has just published a new poster commemorating the evolution of the LT roundel. Seems Marylebone’s southbound platform has the only large sized poster so far on the network. There are smaller versions at other tube stations for the escalators as shown below.Read More →

google 460x270 - What a difference! Oxford Street in 1750 and now

This image from British History showing Marylebone from the present site of Wigmore Street is a very interesting image. Despite its location being ‘Marylebone’ (which is correct) its an early view of the land to the rear of Oxford Street (then known as Tyburn or Tiburn) Street before any ofRead More →

IMG 0228A 460x270 - 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 460x270 - 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 →