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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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Scrabbling for Letters in Hampstead

Hampstead is always full of interest, and this little alleyway is perhaps more interesting than others. I don’t like public money being wasted and I was impressed by the lengths gone to in order to make use of (presumably) rarely-used … Continue reading

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Scotland Yard Move – a bit more than redecorating.

On 21 May 2013 I wrote a few words about Scotland Yard moving back to Scotland Yard, as it were. The move was precipitated by the existing building reaching that stage of its life when over £50m would need to … 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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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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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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Hammersmith & City Railway

After what has so far been an exhilaratingly busy 2014, I have finally stolen some moments to update the blog. One of the reasons for my distraction was the need to complete a book to a fixed deadline: the 13 … Continue reading

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