Category: America

  • The first tube – Beach Pneumatic or Tower Subway?

    Hyde Park Now-The first tube - Beach Pneumatic or Tower Subway?

    Today many are extolling the anniversary of the Tower Subway and claiming it its the first ever subway in the world to open. Its nice that London has a first….. Except it isn’t! It actually depends on what one sees as first – a public line, a demonstration line, or even a parcels only line…. […]

  • Any remains of Beach's subway in Broadway?

    Hyde Park Now-Any remains of Beach's subway in Broadway?

    In this second part on New York’s Beach Pneumatic Transit, I investigate whether any remains still exist. This post can be considered an update to what is currently known about the fate of Beach’s subway. As far as things go it does seem that there is nothing left of Beach’s subway. It was demolished to […]

  • Barre's Sliding Railway fails in America

    Hyde Park Now-Barre's Sliding Railway fails in America

    This is the follow up to the Crystal Palace Gliding Railway feature. Following that demonstration this officially became the Barre Sliding Railway Company. The Sliding Railway Company launched investors’ bonds to show it was a serious contender for inter-urban transit. In order to tempt the US market, a line was proposed in Paris from Place Clichy to La Villette. Four miles long with […]

  • 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 […]