Category: Historical

  • The Southwold Railway #3

    Hyde Park Now-The Southwold Railway #3

    Forty years of dereliction and decay: After closure the line remained derelict for the next twenty years or so. There were moves to reopen it, none of which came to fruition. Most of the route’s track remained until the early forties. The army blew up part of the Blyth bridge thus the line was severed […]

  • CGL (City, Greenwich & Lewisham) Rail

    Hyde Park Now-CGL (City, Greenwich & Lewisham) Rail

    In London this year, well, just a couple of months ago, a major railway event passed with little notice. It involved a railway company closing (if that’s the right word) and being taken over by another, lock, stock, and barrel. That is, with the exception of the trains using the line! The trains were owned […]

  • The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #4

    Hyde Park Now-The Tokyo to Osaka Line: A history #4

    The fourth instalment in this comprehensive series on the origins of the Shinkasen! This covers a series of photographs of the line’s construction between Tokyo and Osaka, with the former and latter stations well represented, as seen during 1963. There’s also some detail about the construction of the New Tanna Tunnel on which work had […]

  • London Bus Photos – Route 8a, 35 & 37

    Hyde Park Now-London Bus Photos – Route 8a, 35 & 37

    Route 8a – Old Ford to London Bridge; Route 35 – Clapton Pond to Clapham Common; Route 37 – Hounslow to Peckham This summer, thirty-five years ago, the London bus routes 8a, 35, and 37 were converted to one-person operation. Route 2 was also converted at the same time, and these routes were among the […]

  • London’s cutest signal gantry?

    Hyde Park Now-London's cutest signal gantry?

    As an aside to London’s unique concrete signal gantries which I’ve written about a couple of times, here’s one steel gantry that defied attempts to build it in the style of many others seen on the mainline out of Waterloo! At one time nearly all the signals out of Waterloo (including the many platform starters […]

  • A mystery DMU tunnel!

    Hyde Park Now-A mystery DMU tunnel!

    This was a true rarity! A tunnel used to stable DMUs between journeys, and as far as I know, there was only one example outside of urban areas on Britain’s railway system (although there are other examples where DMUs reversed in tunnels to take up duties in the other direction.) A few preserved railways now […]

  • King’s Cross tunnels & canal aqueduct #2

    Hyde Park Now-King’s Cross tunnels & canal aqueduct #2

    That darned canal aqueduct at King’s Cross is a major factor why the railway layout at this prestige London railway terminus has problems. Its not just that, there’s also the Camden sewer which also caused problems too by being right across the entrance to the three Gasworks tunnels. As we have seen, that sewer was […]

  • The Alfred County Railway

    Hyde Park Now-The Alfred County Railway

    The Alfred County Railway was a two foot gauge line from Port Shepstone to Harding in KwaZulu Natal. Running for slightly less than a hundred years, it closed for good about five years or so ago after several attempts to revive its fortunes by way of tourism as well as a better freight service. In […]

  • Sir Roundlington Lives!

    Hyde Park Now-Sir Roundlington Lives!

    Sir Roundlington is a name you’ve probably never heard of. He was supposed to be a new TfL mascot, but he didn’t make the cut. Other examples of short-lived mascots include Wilfred the bunny, who failed to make the cut in the 1920s. Sir Roundlington is probably the least well-known, and after being deposed from […]

  • eBay has 1938 tube stock for sale!

    Hyde Park Now-eBay has 1938 tube stock for sale!

    This is one of the units from the Island Line. The cost? ‘An eye watering price of £32,000’ says the Isle of Wight County Press! Someone claimed it wouldn’t be anything more than ‘an expensive shed.’ Another quipped ‘it won’t fit on your mantelpiece though!’ I’ll take that to be a fair enough warning… lol! […]