Tag Archives: London Underground

Prisons and the Metropolitan Railway

Whitecross Street Prison My attention was recently drawn to the plaque in the accompanying photograph. Cunningly designed in the style of official commemorative blue plaques, I noted the building so commemorated before realizing the plaque was not official and that … Continue reading

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McFarlan Moore Lighting and the Central London Railway

The name Daniel McFarlan Moore may not be familiar to many people, a shortcoming I shall try to redress. He was a distinguished American electrical engineer and inventor who died in 1936; the circumstances were very unfortunate because he was … Continue reading

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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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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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