Category: Historical

  • A Welsh mountain railway’s Catalonia twin

    Hyde Park Now-A Welsh mountain railway’s Catalonia twin

    It’s often been thought the locomotives for the Snowdon Mountain Railway were a one-off batch from the SLM works at Winterthur, Switzerland. However further locomotives were built alongside the 1922 and 1923 builds for Snowdon (No.6 Sir Harmood/Padarn, No.7 Aylwyn/Ralph and No.8 Eryri) and these additional builds were acquired by a noted Spanish rack railway […]

  • Ongar revisited

    Hyde Park Now-Ongar revisited

    1962 stock at Ongar during February 1985 In 1989 London Regional Transport announced the return of a full weekday and weekend service to Ongar. It began on 30th October of that year, and huge banners were strung along the fencing in Ongar High Street to declare the new services. I took these pictures four years […]

  • The South Kensington Subway #2

    Hyde Park Now-The South Kensington Subway #2

    This is part two of a feature on the subway at South Kensington. Part one is here. The subway’s floors are not slippery… The subway was built by and the floors largely by Wilke’s Metallic Flooring & Eureka Concrete Company, who provided the flooring in some of London’s grand buildings and for other railway companies. […]

  • The South Kensington Subway

    Hyde Park Now-The South Kensington Subway

    The South Kensington subway is the most heavily used foot tunnel in the UK, carrying many millions of people, and it links the tube station at South Kensington with London’s famous museums along Exhibition Road. These are the Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. The subway is owned by […]

  • Wonderpass – how it utilises a bit part from 1863

    Hyde Park Now-Wonderpass - how it utilises a bit part from 1863

    1863 is the year the Metropolitan Railway opened. It consisted of four miles and six through stations. Of these just three were truly underground. Gower Street (Euston Square), Portland Road (Great Portland Street) and the more famous Baker Street. The main entrance was originally at the western end of the station, and this was latterly […]

  • The Metropolitan Railway's first full run in 1862

    Hyde Park Now-The Metropolitan Railway's first full run in 1862

    Common knowledge: Q – When was the first  full trial run on London’s Metropolitan Railway? A – 24 May 1862 Many sources use this date as being the date of the first full, official, run along the entire Metropolitan Railway. Sadly the answer is completely wrong! During recent research on the Metropolitan Railway, I set […]