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

On Monday 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 day the system was actually in passenger service. Travel west of … 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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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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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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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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