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yellowstarfi 300x183 - Special livery Eurostars

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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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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International shields at the Halls of Residence, Bloomsbury.

There are many coat of arms on the walls of this building, these are the representative shields of each country that had students reside here during its first years. Quite ...
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IMG 0249fi 300x183 - Are railways reliable?

Are railways reliable?

This is the big question. Reliability is a continual thing. In many instances it seems railways just have no good level of reliability. South Western, West Coast Main Line, Thameslink, ...
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London landmarks in miniature

Staff at a London store spent weeks making these miniature versions of London's iconic buildings and these are designed to be the centrepiece of a camera display. The idea is ...
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The Coventry Canal #2

The Coventry Canal opened on this day in 1769, that's 250 years ago. Its architect, James Brindley, worked on the scheme for a few months before being sacked. It must ...
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DSC05798fi 300x183 - The Coventry Canal

The Coventry Canal

The Coventry Canal was one of the country's earliest waterways to be opened following the success of the Bridgewater Canal. The section from Coventry to Atherstone was opened in 1769, ...
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IMG 8425fi 300x183 - Crossrail's inconsistent signage

Crossrail’s inconsistent signage

Is Crossrail - the Elizabeth Line - consistent across the board? Apparently the answer seems to be no especially when it comes to its signs! Here are some quirks, mistakes, ...
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Edgware Road station goes full throttle!

Remember the furore... (was there actually one? Probably! Anyway it blew over quickly!) Okay, it was the one about the new London Underground heritage posters replacing tube maps at many ...
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Banksy’s online stores

Some of you may well have seen my post on Banksy's pop up Croydon store - or perhaps more likely read of it in the news and social media. As ...
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Crossrail: Shenfield to Abbey Wood services?

Something strange is happening! Crossrail has some new Elizabeth Line maps on its platforms - and these indicate a rather strange route that hasn't been envisaged before. This route is ...
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Stop Crossrail1/2 and HS2!

Airport expansion? Who needs airports? Those huge big things that demand huge swathes of land just to fly winged contraptions called aeroplanes. Crossrail and HS2, both advocates of reducing ecological ...
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IMG 0819fi 300x183 - An October rebellion #2

An October rebellion #2

I went about the various XR sites for a couple of hours and these are some of the pictures I took. It seemed that the police were by this time ...
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An October rebellion #1

It all began with an opening ceremony at Marble Arch on the Sunday night which many hundreds attended. That was just the small start to a much bigger event. The ...
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The Met’s Operation Midland

No doubt you have heard of this 'OM' - or Operation Midland - and how the police grovelled and tried to claim it was all in order. It too was ...
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DSC 0406fi 300x183 - Banksy's South London pop-up store

Banksy’s South London pop-up store

A new pop up shop has appeared in Croydon displaying some of Banksy's hurriedly created wares. Its not wholly some new artistic theme (like Dismaland) but rather it has arisen ...
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IMG 0220fi 300x183 - Euston HS2 #10

Euston HS2 #10

Being the one about Chris Packham and Stop HS2. (And some of my own views I have not previously written about....) Saturday 28 September 2019, a substantial demonstration was held ...
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The Met police: 190 years on….

Today is the 190th anniversary of the Metropolitan Police! Is it? Let's toot and parp and wave flags and release balloons and parade outside New Scotland Yard (practically the old ...
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Liverpool Street Shenfield anniversary

Its seventy years since the Liverpool Street - Shenfield electrification first began. The scheme was officially opened on 20th September 1949 and cost £8 million. This scheme was tied in ...
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IMG 2461fi 300x183 - West India Dock Impounding Station

West India Dock Impounding Station

Does anyone ever wonder where all the docks around Canary Wharf get their water? The liquid stuff doesn't grow on trees like the money does lol! Seriously, there has always ...
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Bermondsey tube celebrates 20 years!

The Jubilee Line Stratford extension of 1999 was a mixed bag of openings, it wasn't exactly sequential, thus its probably a good reason why any celebrations for the new route ...
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ifsignfi 300x183 - If Sign Language was....

If Sign Language was….

A brilliant artwork that takes up the entire west side of Cubitt Square at King's Cross. Its a collaboration between artist Christine Sum Kim, Frank Barnes School and Argent the ...
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Central Line: beyond Caxton Road #2

Remember the popular post Central Line: Beyond Caxton Road published more than two years ago? This is a follow up and its based around several old photographs of the area ...
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lumapfi 300x186 - An early 20th c. signal era ends #1

An early 20th c. signal era ends #1

The second stage of the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) has been successfully implemented. Its a gradual introduction of the SLM's CTBC control system across the sub-surface lines as another four ...
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Another building in the fall

The twin Euston towers seen in rather better days.... We don't need no HS2. We don't need no new hotels. No stark destruction of cities. Developers leave the peoples alone ...
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DSC 0150fi 300x183 - Stages 1/2 CBTC up and running!

Stages 1/2 CBTC up and running!

The end of the through platforms at Baker Street showing the new CBTC signs. The colour light signals are all clearly wrapped up in black. This is just a quick ...
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DSC 7194fi 300x183 - 4LM in brief - 31 August 2019

4LM in brief – 31 August 2019

Trains in the section of tunnel between Edgware Road and Praed St junction last night. Pictures showing stuff on the four lines modernisation between the Paddington and Edgware Road sections ...
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DSC 6996 300x183 - The tube's 100 year old tradition ends!

The tube's 100 year old tradition ends!

The levers at Edgware Road box on their last night in use before CBTC comes into use. Many will know the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) is currently underway despite delays ...
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IMG 1885fi 300x183 - Leaky problems at Baker Street #2

Leaky problems at Baker Street #2

Many thought the roadworks at Baker Street on 27th August badly timed and wondered what the hell it was this time Thames Water were trying to do. But many did ...
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Stop Crossrail1/2 and HS2!

Airport expansion? Who needs airports? Those huge big things that demand huge swathes of land just to fly winged contraptions...

An October rebellion #2

I went about the various XR sites for a couple of hours and these are some of the pictures I...

An October rebellion #1

It all began with an opening ceremony at Marble Arch on the Sunday night which many hundreds attended. That was...

The Met’s Operation Midland

No doubt you have heard of this ‘OM’ – or Operation Midland – and how the police grovelled and tried...

Banksy’s South London pop-up store

A new pop up shop has appeared in Croydon displaying some of Banksy’s hurriedly created wares. Its not wholly some...

Euston HS2 #10

Being the one about Chris Packham and Stop HS2. (And some of my own views I have not previously written...

The Met police: 190 years on….

Today is the 190th anniversary of the Metropolitan Police! Is it? Let’s toot and parp and wave flags and release...

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