Month: June 2020

  • MILW picture gallery #2

    Hyde Park Now-MILW picture gallery #2

    The second part of this special gallery of Milwaukee Road scenes! Most are from Flickr pools – and not even featured on Google’s pages. Many fascinating pictures – and great photographers who captured these scenes! There’s a bonus feature at the end of this post! Drummond between Deer Lodge and Missoula. One of the few […]

  • Central London Railway 120th anniversary

    Hyde Park Now-Central London Railway 120th anniversary

    The Central Line’s 120th anniversary! Originally known as the Central London Railway (or more popularly as it was known, the Twopenny Tube) the system was officially opened on 27th June 1900 by the Prince of Wales. Public services began on the 30th July 1900 between Shepherd’s Bush and Bank. These were entirely underground. The open […]

  • Buffer crash tests #2

    Hyde Park Now-Buffer crash tests #2

    The first post looked at primarily Ipswich buffers under test in Argentina. This post looks at a few more of those – but its mainly the more modern types such as Oleo buffers that are being tested. Other countries United Kingdom: There are still a number of stations and sidings with Ipswich buffers. The only […]

  • MILW picture gallery #1

    Hyde Park Now-MILW picture gallery #1

    I thought I’d do a gallery of Milwaukee Road scenes! Most are from Flickr pools – and not even featured on Google’s pages. Many fascinating pictures – and some very lucky guys who captured these scenes! The eastern terminus of the 438 miles of electrification at Harlowton. Large marshalling yards and locomotive depots were found […]

  • Buffer crash tests #1

    Hyde Park Now-Buffer crash tests #1

    A post with a difference – well sort of! I discovered some number of videos following threads on hydraulic buffers at terminus stations. Thus here’s a collaboration of all those videos I could find of the art of buffer walloping in action! Actually its a means of testing those solid and enduring Ransome and Rapier […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #3

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #3

    We continue with our investigations into what could be said to be the ‘public sphere’ or perhaps the British consciousness in terms of its railways. The grand modernisation schemes and rationalisations of the sixties and seventies were really nothing more than contrived schemes to give the motorist a better deal. And its how we ended […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #2

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #2

    This looks at further examples of British railway’s 4xD policy. That is Demote, Deconstruct, Dereliction and Destruction. I made that up but what it means is first a station was usually demoted. Services downgraded to the most basic. Then the track layout would be deconstructed, usually to a single platform at the far end of […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline

    The good old British railway system! One of the fighter points for the UK’s successful tinpot railway system were its termini. Who needed grand stations with a judicious choice of platforms and stupendous station buildings when a bus stop thingy could do better? Better still – why not push the railway buffers further back and […]