Category: Quirky

  • Beach Pneumatic Transit Videos

    Hyde Park Now-Beach Pneumatic Transit Videos

    Round-up of You Tube videos featuring Alfred Ely Beach’s subway line! I mentioned Beach’s pioneering New York subway line a few weeks ago in a post on the Hyde Park pneumatic proposals. This is the of a number of posts dedicated to Beach’s pneumatic line that ran under Broadway. The real thing! Beach’s subway car at Warren […]

  • London's proposed sewer railway in Hyde Park!

    Hyde Park Now-London's proposed sewer railway in Hyde Park!

    Victorian London seems to have had an affinity for pneumatic railways. The one at Crystal Palace being the most famous of all, however other noted undertakings were lines proposed beneath the Thames such as the Tower Subway and another from Waterloo to Whitehall, and in Central London such as from South Kensington to the Royal Albert Hall. The only […]

  • 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 […]