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  • Hyde Park Now-Pilatus posters

    Pilatus posters

    No not the highly praised small aircraft but the mountain instead! The vast range of Swiss transport posters is immensely fascinating. They’re no doubt meant to entice visitors to the Alps but they too are a class in their own right in terms of transport history, for they tell us much about the many different […]

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  • Hyde Park Now-Harvey becomes Lumo train's ambassador!

    Harvey becomes Lumo train’s ambassador!

    The LUMO train, which will travel between London and Edinburgh, has appointed Harvey Price as a diversity and inclusion ambassador. The position will serve to promote a greater understanding of the issues of rail travel for individuals with disabilities, as well as working with Lumo to build awareness of the new service and encourage genuine […]

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  • Hyde Park Now-Hampstead tube building at Euston to be moved...

    Hampstead tube building at Euston to be moved…

    The Charing Cross Euston and Hampstead (aka the Hampstead Tube) station building on the corner of Drummond and Melton Street will not be demolished, but rather relocated, according to what I gather (if it isn’t just a hearsay or something similar). The initial idea was to demolish it and replace it with a new head […]

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  • Hyde Park Now-The Southwold Railway #3

    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 […]

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  • Hyde Park Now-4G on the tube

    4G on the tube

    The recent introduction of 4G on the Jubilee Line took people by surprise. I’m sure few realise it exists though this was quite well publicized at the time. There’s extremely fast speed to be gained from the section between North Greenwich and Westminster. This post serves as a reminder of that and there’s some useful […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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 […]

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  • Hyde Park Now-London's cutest signal gantry?

    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 […]

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  • Hyde Park Now-A mystery DMU tunnel!

    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 […]

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