Month: December 2021

  • Crossrail – the Old Oak scene

    Hyde Park Now-Crossrail - the Old Oak scene

    I bet you never realised Crossrail had major working sites at both of West London’s ‘Oaks!’ That is, Royal Oak and Old Oak. The former is the location where the tunnels begin their journey to either East or South East London, and the latter is where the company built and stored its thousands and thousands […]

  • Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) #3

    Hyde Park Now-Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) #3

    With the conversion of the line from Bulle to Broc-Fabrique (and its continuation as a private rail network right into the Nestle chocolate factory itself) the delightful La Gruyère system (the GFM, aka the Gruyère-Fribourg-Morat or as it was officially known, the Compagnie des Chemins de fer Fribourgeois) is no more. The 42 km of […]

  • Montreux Oberland Bernois 120th

    Hyde Park Now-Montreux Oberland Bernois 120th

    Celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Chemin de fer Montreux Oberland Bernois (MOB.) The line opened in December 1901 between Montreux and Les Avants, a climb of about 1866 feet or 575 metres and a mere 3km (just under two miles) distant as the crow flies. The original plans were in fact for a line […]

  • Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) #2

    Hyde Park Now-Upgrading the Transports Publics Fribourgeois (TPF) #2

    This second part covers the new Bulle station and the famous Bulle to Broc line in part. This line is famous because it connected directly to the celebrated Nestle chocolate factory in Broc. Also famous for considerable standard gauge freight traffic carried via the narrow gauge as well as the celebrated ‘Chocolate Express.’ Not now […]

  • King’s Cross tunnels & canal aqueduct #3

    Hyde Park Now-King’s Cross tunnels & canal aqueduct #3

    The final part of the King’s Cross station remodelling took place between Easter and early June 2021 with the west side of the station being closed and the tracks and platforms upgraded to longer sections as well as better track geometry. Unfortunately the design has left the former platform 10 without any track of any […]