Hyde Park Now-About


Contact: I don’t encourage correspondence by email or that sort of thing. This is because I have learning disabilities and have had people try to exploit my weaknesses as well as other abuses. Invariably I have to bring others in to sort the mess. If anyone want to say something they’ll have to do it via the comments sections below.

The blog doesn’t earn any money of any sort – I gave up on that because not enough visitors. I do it very simply for pleasure. Also because anyone disabled with a transport blog is exceedingly rare! (Probably boring too like me!)

As has been mentioned in these pages before, none of this blog has any veracity whatsoever. If you for example read that the brand new Victoria Line had opened for the first time ever with a train at 07.32am from Walthamstow on 1st September 1968 – well you’ll know that is so damn well not true! Many rail professionals/enthusiasts have tried to take me to task for pervading such mistruths… but a lot of those others practising much the same seem to get away with it!

Being Veracity Lamblasted (cue the theme music from Dr Who/BBC Radiophonic Workshop) is all of course part of a desire to be the most hated transport blogger in the world – and that simply because those who ‘speak the truth’ do not have disabilities. Remember – to make any headway in this world one must be abled, not have learning disabilities and be able to speak and hear too! If that isn’t a crime well I don’t know what it is!

64 responses to “About”

  1. Bonjour
    You made me laugh – not an easy thing for a grumpy old man – and you have some truly great pictures – wheres the ‘Like Everything’ button.

  2. 1st London Blog
    Greatly appreciate your enlightening work
    Grove Rd power station, recalled well: actually owned by Central Electricity Supply Co, not METESCO. Both used Peachey & Reilly, architects, hence the misunderstanding?
    Sean H

    • Thanks for the comments. St Johns Wood had two power stations hence the confusion. Have amended the offending article 🙂

  3. Hey London Blog,
    Some great pictures and write-up on our ‘Flotilla’ Install! Just wondering if you would be able to share your great pictures with us? [email protected]
    Look forward to hearing from you!

  4. There’s always someone complaining, but I keep coming back to this blog as I learn so much about the not so well known aspects and history of London.
    Plus the writing and photos are great. Don’t believe the trolls and haters!

  5. What a discovery and a delightful revelation your blog is! I should have turned in long ago but can’t stop reading. Sorry you had a spat with DG today. A disappointing response on his part. Typical neurotypical! 🙂

  6. This blog is great – and your bio above could have been written about me (except I’m not deaf, I just choose not to listen to other people a lot). Keep up the good work. You manage to say, and present, so much interesting stuff you really can’t find elsewhere. Working my way back through the archives…

    • There was a considerable attack on the blog sometime back thus I disabled the RSS etc. Had forgot all about it!

  7. I have just been walking with a friend past Arnos Park viaduct. I was very interested to read on your blog that it is the largest viaduct on the Underground network actually built by London Underground. I think it is a lovely structure and a great enhancement to Arnos Park. I think you have some great pictures of it too. I have one or two pictures of it on google maps.

  8. Great article on Gamages, beautifully written. A store I was privileged to visit at the age of about 7 back in the 50s. The memory has remained. I look forward to reading more of your writing.

    • Thanks for the kind comments! Glad to know my output isn’t as bad as I thought it was. Thanks once again 🙂

  9. Dear blogger
    I am working on an historical compilation of the SA Railways and would like to include a couple of images on your website.
    It will be used for educational purposes and posted on a discussion group on facebook.
    All credits and acknowledgements will be included.
    Your consideration will be appreciated.

  10. Just want to say hi and thanks. I’m a former resident of Bala, North Wales, now settled in Butte, Montana. Discovered your blog via your piece on Cwm Prysor, and then found your Milwaukee Road series. I’ve been sat here reading for the last couple of hours. I’m really lucky in Butte – I have the ghosts of the Milwaukee Road, Great Northern and Northern Pacific all round me, while the BA&P is an ongoing (if much reduced) operation. I have an album of photos taken over the last 12 months or so of what’s left of the lines in and around and a bit beyond Butte – if there’s anything you’d like to use please feel free. Thanks again, this is a wonderful blog you have here.

  11. Hi and thanks and great to know you enjoyed my Milwaukee posts! Loved your photos they are absolutely great there are many locations I have not seen before obviously because Google doesn’t reach these. Its a surprise to see there’s still lots of NP track on the Homestead Pass. I loved the pics of the Milwaukee trestle at Opportunity at sunset. There’s also great shots of buildings around Butte showing ghost signs with references to the Milwaukee Road and the BAP train at the Anselmo mine, also the shots of the mine itself through the trestle bridge, lovely compositions. Its interesting to know how much still remains, even if disused, around Butte compared to the days when four railroads worked here! I found the shots showing the rear of the station at Butte complete with platform awnings fantastic. The pictures of the end of the Milwaukee Road I recognise as being at the southern end of Butte (even though I haven’t actually seen any shots of this bit) because I could see those tracks on Google Aerials as the come south from the main part of town to serve the industries thereabouts and then the bit beyond towards Newcombe and the yards there is no longer extant before the climb to Janney and Pipestone Pass. Plus the scenery is great! I would love to show some of your fantastic pictures in a new post!

  12. I just stumbled across your blog while looking at stuff about the history of Barbican Station. There’s quite some interesting research and information that was as yet entirely unknown to me that got my critical thinking going, which is great! I was hoping to provide my own input on some of the reasoning behind the changes happening by the Barbican tunnels, but having read this, I can entirely see why you want comments disabled in most places. People are terrible and we all have to bear it as best we can. Thanks for the interesting reading though!

  13. I just LOVE your ‘About’ page! it takes courage to write that and I applaud you loudly. I also am profoundly Deaf and know full well the attitude I/we have to put up with from the outside World. Keep up with your Bloggs, I have only just found it from reading your latest one on Kings Cross Power Box closure, the link was posted on the Rail Modelers website – https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/110286-east-coast-mainline-blockade-for-werrington-junction-diveunder/page/95/
    I’ll be reading, likely with great interest, your other Bloggs later on. Keep up the GOOD work!

    • Hi and thanks for your support from a fellow Deaf person! Yes its a struggle simply because people don’t think about communication or just cant understand things from our perspective. Am surprised my post got to RMWeb, thanks for that and its interesting to see what they have written about the ECML upgrade at Werrington, its an amazing structure it really grabbed my attention when they were pushing the tunnel through the new alignment. Thanks again for your comment 🙂

  14. I found your research on the Tyburn and Charlbert Bridge very interesting. It’s resolved some contradictions I was aware of. More generally keep up the great work and no need to disparage yourself so much. You are making a great contribution and people like those commenting really appreciate it. Mike

  15. I have been a subscriber to your RSS feed for several years for this blog, but it seems to have dissappeared about a year ago. Is there any chance it could be reinstated?

  16. Dear LondonBlogger,
    I really like your work here as I really love the Tube! It’s like the neural system of London, so intricate, so deep in its daily life…
    I was looking for article about an extemporaneous art exhibition in Euston Square station. I remember had read about that here or I’m wrong?
    My friend is doing a work about underground art and tube…
    Thank you so much and Best,

    • Thanks! I hadn’t written anything like that as I’m not aware of an exhibition that took place at Euston Square station? Its not a big enough station really. Perhaps it was Euston main line station? Some tube stations do have art exhibitions Gloucester Road has a big one all the time because there is the space for it and White City has a small one because it has lots of wall space for the posters and pictures.

  17. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your well written, informative, articles. I was really disappointed when you took your site down a while ago, and so pleased when it came back.
    Keep up the good work!

  18. Hi
    Congratulations on the authoritative article on Old Oak Common. You fill in the gaps left by other blogs and present a logical, explanatory survey of the subjects you have covered. The photos are superb and obviously deeply researched.
    Keep up the good work!

  19. Outstanding. I love the pages on the mighty Victoria line – fascinating and thoroughly researched. Congratulations on a superb site. (Also hello David Price in the previous review – no relation!)

  20. Hi my name is Nathaly I am an Autistic woman with EDS and chronic pain. I am writing a research project on using public transport with Invisible Disabilities. I was wondering if I could be allowed to use the picture you took of the Jubilee line seat? I will link your blog in the bibliography and also with your consent publish your name or a pseudonym in my “thank you” section where I thank all the people who contributed. I particular try to curate contributions (quotes, photograph etc) from fellow Autistic writers.
    Thank you,

  21. You do a great job with your blog – I really appreciate the time and effort you put into researching and then reporting on everything you do. I have a couple of questions with regard to your blog from February, 2020 about the Barbican and the noise and vibrations that the residents experience from the tube running beneath their homes. These questions are very important to us, as a new subway extension is planned in our area and noise and vibration is an issue. In your blog you note that when those lines were laid (or re-laid) they used the floating slab technology. Do you know if this floating slab technology was used for all, or most of, the lines beneath the Barbican region, or only beneath the Barbican Centre concert hall? And do you know when the floating slab technology was first developed and used – it appears it could have been in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s? And if that’s the case, do you know if the technology has been changed or improved since then? Finally, given your extensive research and knowledge of underground rail services, do you have an opinion on the potential for noise and vibration issues from a subway to be constructed beneath an existing residential area of homes and schools at a depth of approx 21 metres. Thanks and now that I have found your site I will be a regular reader of your blogs.

    • Thanks for this. I assume you didn’t read my bio on this page, which would have indicated I cant answer particular questions you have asked because I have absolutely no experience of what you describe, I only know of noise issues because I read about them not because of experience which I don’t have. As for the other questions I really don’t know very much, I’m no expert on rail slab technology. That used in the Barbican on the Circle/Met Lines isn’t actually rail slab technology but a sort of floating viaduct that threads its way through the centre’s basement. Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) which runs even deeper uses floating slab technology for just over 1km to ensure the centre’s concert hall isn’t disturbed by passing trains. Its said the earliest modern floating slab track was developed in the 1970s, but this wouldn’t include the Barbican’s because that as I pointed out, is actually a sort of underground tunnel viaduct placed on dampened piers. Certainly the trackbed floats but its the whole trackbed and not individual track lengths. The concept from this may have led to the idea that individual track sections could be floated too and the technology basically took off from there. However in terms of the earliest examples of floating slab track its said the start of the 20th century saw the very first examples built, although I don’t know what these would have looked like.

      • Thanks very much for responding and for the additional comments. The additional info is helpful and will aid in my own continuing research.

  22. Hi. I’ve just tripped over your blog, in a good way (I was looking for something on Google), and just wanted to say how refreshingly good it is. Carefully researched, nicely written and with a lovely tone to it too. Please do keep it up !

  23. I’ve just found this site while carrying our research regarding the Barnstaple to Ilfracombe Railway, for which, many thanks! One of the more interesting things I’ve learnt was that there were TWO trains that ran over the line after its official closure. I was aware of the 1975 engineers’ train, but NOT the 1973 one, of which a newspaper cutting you posted. The photo shows the diesel shunter at Barnstaple Town station, but it’s unclear if it traversed the entire length of the branch or only travelled as far as Barnstaple Town. The reason why it might have only gone as far as the Town station is because at the time the Council were hoping B.R. would allow passenger trains to run from the Junction as far as the Town station in order to give better access to the town centre and to assist connections to local ‘bus services (the ‘bus station was close to the Town station) but this never happened-pity!

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