cdrjcimagefi 300x183 - The County Donegal Railways #2

The County Donegal Railways #2

This is part two of the tribute to the famed County Donegal narrow gauge railways which closed on the very last day of 1959. In the first part we took ...
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A Euston station era ends #2

This is the second part covering the Euston station underground taxi rank - and features some more stuff that has now been 'lost' since the old taxi rank closed nigh ...
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Crossrail to Heathrow in 2021?

Amidst all the reports this week on the openings of Crossrail is one that was greatly missed (as well as another important factor too!) Everyone has been saying Crossrail (as ...
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A Euston station era ends

They haven't closed Euston station - not yet! The HS2 machine is still marching on relentless however as reported sometime back it all depends on the Oakervee report. They were ...
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By Rail to the Mumbles

Today is the sixtieth anniversary of the closure of South Wales famous electric railway, the Swansea and Mumbles. It was a very unusual line being one of the world's first ...
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Welder on the Tube

Welder Dave's message 'Have a wonderful day.' People have been thanking Dave the welder - but who is he? He's one who wrote on a newly laid rail at Baker ...
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cdrjcpicfi 300x209 - The County Donegal Railways

The County Donegal Railways

Sixty years ago this week the last passenger trains rain on the County Donegal Railways. Its popular knowledge the last public trains bowed out on December 31st 1959, but what ...
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DSC07273 300x200 - Whatever happened to Brunel's bridge?

Whatever happened to Brunel’s bridge?

The famous (since 2004) bridge was dismantled and taken to Portsmouth where it currently resides at Fort Cumberland in Eastney. Few know its there. It seems the stored remains are ...
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DSC 8694 300x200 - Riders on the München Looping

Riders on the München Looping

Everyone probably thought I'd forgotten all about the München Looping... nah it was just the way things happened and its only now I decided I had some material to write ...
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London rail stations’ bygone Xmases

Every year our railway stations have xmas trees (or Eiffel Towers if they so wish!) But what were those decorations in these stations past Christmases like? Austere. Boring? I think ...
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DSC 0759 300x200 - Bearing the gifts of TfL Rail...

Bearing the gifts of TfL Rail…

Tis the season of goodwill to all suffering TfL Rail passengers. And what better than to have three wise TfL staff (two elfs and a santa) come bearing gifts for ...
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IMG 9794fi 300x183 - #InterCity125 Finale

#InterCity125 Finale

This, a tribute to the final HST services on the East Coast Main Line after forty-one years. The last ever HST into King's Cross arrived at 15.09pm on 21st December ...
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Construction of Oxford Circus station 1962-69

As most will know the Victoria Line fully opened in its original format during March 1969 - and this alone ensured the Victoria Line received great publicity worldwide compared to ...
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Rails Across the Border

You've no doubt read the excellent book 'Rails Across the Border' by Alexander Mullay about the former routes between Scotland and England? This is a new one being launched for ...
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Crossrail: TFL services to Reading

Another post on that, erm... you know, new fangled London railway that I've loved writing about so much! Simply can't get enough of it! TBH that's not the case really ...
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London’s new museum

London's Vagina museum has been two years in the making - and the idea of establishing a museum has featured in the media with reviews being largely positive but some ...
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Crossrail’s ‘eading west!

So it arrives! Crossrail goes to the wild west a year after the whole damn new line had been due to open in Central London. This westwards stage in fact ...
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Avanti West Coast

The new train operator has taken over! Euston is now the main domain of Avanti West Coast, along with LNWR and Caledonian Sleeper. Virgin's 22 year regime is over. Will ...
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xr readingfi 300x183 - Those Crossrail 'fares' to Reading!

Those Crossrail ‘fares’ to Reading!

I didnt think I'd be writing about Crossrail soon soon after the last post I did, however this is being done because it seems there are some small myths being ...
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IMG 2798fi 300x183 - Crossrail's inconsistent roundels!

Crossrail’s inconsistent roundels!

Six weeks ago I published a post about the inconsistency in the signs made for the new Elizabeth Line. This is a follow up and there are some more surprises ...
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The elephants of tomorrow

On December 4th a giant collection of sculptures is coming to Marble Arch! A series of 21 different sized elephants will placed in the square and the traffic islands by ...
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The West Clare revisited

The West Clare's greatest mystery, that being the one surrounding Percy French's ill-fated trip on the railway to Kilkee in order to perform there, was examined at great length in ...
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The Hex River Pass

Trans Karoo express traversing the Hex River vineyards. This week its the 30th anniversary of what was initially Africa's longest railway tunnel and certainly its the second longest narrow gauge ...
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An Oxford Union incident…

The treatment of Ebenezer Azamati at Oxford University's Oxford Union meeting is disgusting. Absolutely. Totally. There's no excuse for the treatment he had. Its fully understandable what he was doing ...
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Year 3 & World Childrens Day

Some of you will know Year 3 is a Steve McQueen arts project. This substantial work involved the photography of the year threes at each school in London that wanted ...
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Special livery Eurostars

This is quite a bespoke subject as pictures of any special liveried Eurostars are quite rare, there haven't been that many. The best known was of course the Da Vinci ...
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Britain’s biggest rail controversy – with some solutions

There are many other undocumented downsides to HS2 with some being very serious indeed. This is an examination of some HS2 claims and their refutation. Ironically at the time I'd ...
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Eurostar at 25

Eurostar has now reached its quarter century. It does not seem that long ago that services began! This is the latest of a number of posts on the 25th anniversary ...
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IMG 8969xfi 300x183 - The old Woolwich ferries' demise

The old Woolwich ferries’ demise

It is now over a year since the three Woolwich ferries were taken to France, having ended a long career of ferry service between North Woolwich and Woolwich. All three ...
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DSC 8248fi 300x183 - Holborn Viaduct

Holborn Viaduct

This stupendous Victorian construction has reached its 150th year. The reason for its construction was to enable a completely level route from Bank to Holborn without descending to the Fleet ...
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