Month: April 2020

  • London Underground's first 'ATO' system – 1932

    Hyde Park Now-London Underground's first 'ATO' system - 1932

    The tube was the first passenger railway in the UK to adopt any form of automated train control or rather as it was known in those days, Centralised Train Control (CTC.) This was indeed the first in Europe and was installed on the Metropolitan Railway’s new branch to Stanmore. It opened in December 1932 and […]

  • That crazy Princes Risborough track layout!

    Hyde Park Now-That crazy Princes Risborough track layout!

    The bizarre track layout at Princes Risborough! When you thought British Railways planning couldn’t get any worse, here’s a particular example of its backwards philosophy. Its not like Seaton Junction where an entire station was left in situ with just one plain track through it which didn’t matter because the station had been closed! In […]

  • Along the Milwaukee Road #4

    Hyde Park Now-Along the Milwaukee Road #4

    This is the fourth part of the Milwaukee’s electrified Rockies route through Montana towards Eastern Idaho. Many questioned the choice of route especially as it served few places and paralleled other railroads. Compared to the other railroads’ attempts through this part of the States the Milwaukee’s route involved the traverse of two additional mountain ranges! […]

  • Along the Milwaukee Road #3

    Hyde Park Now-Along the Milwaukee Road #3

    This is the third part of the Milwaukee’s electrified Rockies route through Montana towards Eastern Idaho. The company’s choice of route was questioned especially as it paralleled other railroads. These outlasted the later Milwaukee company because they were in a rather better position strategically, financially in terms of routeing and station locations and a wider […]

  • Along the Milwaukee Road #2

    Hyde Park Now-Along the Milwaukee Road #2

    This is the second part of a look at whats left of the railroad’s 440 mile route through the Rockies and covers the section from Butte to Missoula. The line follows the Clark Fork River for most of the way (as it does in fact all the way to St Regis.) It looks a fairly […]

  • Along the Milwaukee Road #1

    Hyde Park Now-Along the Milwaukee Road #1

    A tour featuring some of the highlights of the 440 mile electrified length of the Milwaukee Road between Harlowton and Avery and showing what exists these days mostly using Google Streets. This is a follow up to the introductory post I did a few days ago covering the history of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St, Paul […]

  • Electric railroad thro the Rockies #2

    Hyde Park Now-Electric railroad thro the Rockies #2

    Most of the westward extension has now vanished and many of its structures have been demolished, save for a few spectacular ones. Tunnels have been blocked off and parts of the route are now highways, or in the more spectacular mountain parts, have become trails for people to walk or bike along and enjoy the […]

  • Electric Railroad thro the Rockies #1

    Hyde Park Now-Electric Railroad thro the Rockies #1

    Forty years ago one of America’s most iconic and controversial transcontinental lines closed down for good, having worked for just over seventy years. This was the only electric line that stretched right across the Rockies & popularly called the Milwaukee Road. Despite the controversies surrounding its construction this once expensive, lengthy and high quality engineered, […]

  • The tube's highest stations & gradients

    Hyde Park Now-The tube's highest stations & gradients

    Dont we all love records! The biggest this the highest that! London Underground records are something we love! We know Amersham’s right up there as the highest of all at practically 500 feet whilst High Barnet hits the top parade out of all of the deep level tube lines in terms of elevation. One doesn’t […]