Category Archives: London Underground

Update on ‘unstaffed’ train operation

‘Driverless’ DLR trains? I have been travelling around the Docklands Light Railway recently. This caused me to wonder whether those who keep suggesting that the London Underground could have ‘drivers’ wandering around the passenger compartment, rather than driving trains, have ever … Continue reading

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What’s ado at Walthamstow, and will it see 36 trains an hour?

There was a time when one could travel to Walthamstow on the Victoria Line and find the last few stations pretty dead. I used to travel up there on and off not long after it all opened, and off-peak one … Continue reading

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All Change at Tottenham Court Road

My first recollection of Tottenham Court Road as an Area Manager in the 1980s was visiting the Station Manager’s office, then located in a lengthy but little-used passage in the base of an old liftshaft. The office was dreadful and … Continue reading

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Kings Cross to High Barnet – An Illuminating Update

King’s Cross Light-wall Subway Having an hour to spare in the run up to Christmas I found myself wondering how the Northern Line was getting on with its automatic train operating system and its (even more recent) timetable enhancements. You … Continue reading

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1915 – Events on the London Underground a Century Ago

During 1913 I thought it might be worthwhile to note significant historical events that occurred in years gone by on a month by month basis. A triumph of hope over experience, this proved hopelessly optimistic in terms of the time … Continue reading

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Extending the Underground – the numbers game

Introduction I have for some little while been writing a book about how London Underground has expanded since it was first built. You will already realize its origins came in two bursts: the first was 1863-1868 when the first steam-operated … Continue reading

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Quainton Road: What is a train service – Food for thought

Quainton Village My splendid 6-volume gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (dated 1897) states that the village of Quainton lies in Buckinghamshire, 4 miles NW of Aylesbury, 55 miles from London and had a population of 885 who occupied an area of 5346 … Continue reading

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