CC89203 3323609 690x495 - The Elizabeth Line touts its first closures!

In true British railway fashion, the new Elizabeth Line is destined to suffer the same ignominy as all of Britain’s other railway lines. Come December 2018 the new railway opens with fanfare… and then almost immediately it closes! Is this the Elizabeth Line’s first practice run at bustitution? Crossrail’s notRead More →

schollenenfi 690x495 - Driving thro rail tunnels for fun!

Whilst discussing the Gotthard Bahn the other week I got this idea for a couple of ‘road trips’ through some railway tunnels. Generally no-one can just drive cars through any railway tunnels, but what I am about to discuss is very different! Take for example the Schöllenen railway. Some ofRead More →

01011233fi 690x495 - The Gotthard Bahn

The Gotthard Railway is one of the world’s most spectacular railways. It was a very difficult line to build however it set the standard for mountainous terrain which railways needed to traverse. It too had the world’s longest tunnel, although that was eventually superseeded by the Lotschberg and ultimately theRead More →

DSC 0308fi 690x495 - Lymington Pier & Nig Banda

This isn’t a write up on some rap character called Nig Banda who hails from Lymington! Its more about a scale map I have of the railway branch from Brockenhurst to Lymington and a practically forgotten reprographic company known as Nig Banda. The entire Lymington Town/Pier railway plan laid out.Read More →

DSC 0021 690x495 - Bustitution shit rears its ugly head again....

Yes! Britain’s railways are once again managing their incredible assault upon the sensibilities of rail passengers as buses are brought in to ferry passengers to or from Gatwick… you thought Redhill-Gatwick in February was a one off? Nope. Who needs trains when buses are clearly better? Today’s debacle is onceRead More →

DSC 0021 690x495 - End bustitution!

Today’s article in The Times reminds one of the recent debacle between Redhill and Gatwick Airport. Hundreds, if not thousands, missed their flights and onward rail connections. Its clear buses being used to replace trains are on the increase! The use of buses as rail replacement services has reached aRead More →

DSC 0121 - 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 →

woodla10 - Central Line - beyond Caxton Road

The first tube line across the centre of London was opened in 1901 and known as the two penny tube. It ran between Shepherd’s Bush and Bank and was entirely underground. It had a depot above ground at White City however to get there trains had to negotiate a 1Read More →

DSC07963crp - Old railway tunnel at King's Cross

The ‘Widened Lines’ (or what is left of them) are rail tunnels between St Pancras and Farringdon now used by Thameslink. The tunnels were a joint venture between the Great Northern and Metropolitan Railways and completed in 1866. Historically the lines also linked to King’s Cross mainline station as wellRead More →

whitehallrly - More pneumatic railway proposals in London

Following my posts on the Hyde Park Pneumatic (the ‘sewer railway’) and the Beach Transit Subways, this is a further look at attempts to build subterranean pneumatic railways in London – and we cover a number of obscure schemes including the Victoria Station & Thames Embankment and the Oxford Street & City Railways.Read More →