Category: Operational Issues

  • Thameslink overextends itself…

    Hyde Park Now-Thameslink overextends itself...

    Who needs train pantographs especially when one is south of the River Thames? Exactly! It’s the reason for having BIG warning signs at Farringdon pleading that drivers check to see they’ve retracted their pantographs in order to enjoy the delights of the substantial 3rd rail system – the world’s largest such network which is largely […]

  • Rail trespassers of 1965

    Hyde Park Now-Rail trespassers of 1965

    On many railways around the world its apparently quite okay to walk upon or by a railway line even though the operating authorities would really rather people didn’t do it. In a few countries it isn’t even an any sort of okay and Britain is one of those where trespassing’s a definite no-no. Despite the […]

  • Tinpot Railways special – Morecambe

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways special - Morecambe

    I wrote about the truncating of the terminus at Morecambe a couple of months back as part of my Tinpot Railways series. That was a great disappointment for me because at the time – which was 1994 when the change-over was done – I was surprised to find upon arriving at the town we were […]

  • Buffer crash tests #2

    Hyde Park Now-Buffer crash tests #2

    The first post looked at primarily Ipswich buffers under test in Argentina. This post looks at a few more of those – but its mainly the more modern types such as Oleo buffers that are being tested. Other countries United Kingdom: There are still a number of stations and sidings with Ipswich buffers. The only […]

  • Buffer crash tests #1

    Hyde Park Now-Buffer crash tests #1

    A post with a difference – well sort of! I discovered some number of videos following threads on hydraulic buffers at terminus stations. Thus here’s a collaboration of all those videos I could find of the art of buffer walloping in action! Actually its a means of testing those solid and enduring Ransome and Rapier […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #3

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #3

    We continue with our investigations into what could be said to be the ‘public sphere’ or perhaps the British consciousness in terms of its railways. The grand modernisation schemes and rationalisations of the sixties and seventies were really nothing more than contrived schemes to give the motorist a better deal. And its how we ended […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #2

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline #2

    This looks at further examples of British railway’s 4xD policy. That is Demote, Deconstruct, Dereliction and Destruction. I made that up but what it means is first a station was usually demoted. Services downgraded to the most basic. Then the track layout would be deconstructed, usually to a single platform at the far end of […]

  • Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: Terminal decline

    The good old British railway system! One of the fighter points for the UK’s successful tinpot railway system were its termini. Who needed grand stations with a judicious choice of platforms and stupendous station buildings when a bus stop thingy could do better? Better still – why not push the railway buffers further back and […]

  • Tinpot Railways: The double deck conundrum

    Hyde Park Now-Tinpot Railways: The double deck conundrum

    A few weeks back I had written most of a post – not yet quite finished called Britain’s Tinpot Railways – about the huge disbenefits of Britain’s railways and the backwards culture – it was one of two articles that critically examined the role of our railways in new and unthought of ways. It was […]

  • Those noisy Barbican tube trains!

    Hyde Park Now-Those noisy Barbican tube trains!

    Briefly, this is an overview of the problems of tube trains running beneath the Barbican Estate in the City of London, and the huge noise nuisance that’s generated as a result. My post looks at the history of the estate’s tunnels’ construction and how things look today. It also looks at the noise blight which […]