Category Archives: London Underground

Automatic Trains on the Hammersmith & City Line (at last)

New Signalling as part of the sub-surface lines modernization On Monday 28 March, I spent a little while at the western end of London’s Hammersmith & City Line watching the new automatic trains doing their business: this was the first … Continue reading

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The latest Underground Diagram: a fallen icon?

A new version of the Underground pocket diagram recently appeared, dated December 2018, and this incorporates another new feature which, whether good or not, adds further complexity to a diagram that is now overloaded with information. It is surely time … Continue reading

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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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