Category Archives: London Underground

Britain’s National Railway Museum: Part 2

The British Transport Museums Introduction In Part 1, I described the origin of the LNER’s railway museum in York. Until well after World War 2 this was the only railway museum in the UK, although there were several other museums … Continue reading

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No Turning Back – around north side of Circle

None of today’s Underground lines is a good example of optimal track layout for the train services required today. The Victoria line was close for a while. This was designed as a complete entity to deliver a particular train service, … Continue reading

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London’s Getting a New Mayor – but don’t get too excited

Our system of having a London mayor is not a traditional one. The position was inspired by what is done in several widely dispersed cities around the world, and perhaps most of all in New York, famous for larger than … Continue reading

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Unaccountable

On 3rd August last year I referred to the award by TfL of the new sub-surface lines signalling system to Thales, which had installed the Jubilee and Northern Line systems. This followed the cancellation of two previous attempts to resignal … Continue reading

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Rayners Lane Ticket Office Closed – after 99 years

Rayners Lane Ticket Office At the beginning of November this poster appeared at Rayners Lane, announcing that the ticket office will close on 16th November. The station opened on 26th May 1906 and has always had a staffed ticket office, … Continue reading

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New Signalling Contract Signed – but at high cost.

Today (3 August 2015) we are told that London Underground has finally concluded its single-source contract with Thales. The Thales press release (clearly written by, or severely ‘guided’ by, TfL) is more an advertorial for TfL than anything else, but … Continue reading

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No new signalling yet – and no 4-minute Circle Line service either.

Introduction In my blog of 11 February I made reference to the latest proposals for the various deep tube line upgrades and, in particular, the dates by which it was intended to achieve the capacity upgrades and the proposed levels … Continue reading

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