Tag Archives: London Underground

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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What’s in a name? ‘Driverless’, it seems

During early October I visited the small display about the design of the new deep tube rolling stock that London Underground had put on view in the spacious north ticket hall at King’s Cross. It was interesting enough, for a … Continue reading

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The hole just isn’t big enough.

Introduction In my last post about driverless trains (December 2013) I queried how much longer it would be that we were going to be stuck with 12ft diameter tube tunnels. The much-extended London deep tube network was a product of late … 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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