- RailwayModellers.com are looking for knowledgeable moderators for their forum board.
- Hornby are going to do another production run of their popular BR 4-6-2 “Exeter” West Country Class
- TfL announce the ordering of two Tunnel Boring Machines for the Northern Line Extension to Battersea.
- Meanwhile on the Bakerloo Line, refurbishment of the 72 Stock is going to be more costly than LU expected whilst they wait for the NTfL in 10 years time.
- Do you find Oyster charges confusing? When are you better off getting a season ticket? When are National Rail journeys more expensive? This useful site has the answers!
- Programmer Will Gallia has created this wonderfully hypnotic animation of daily Tube journeys. A must watch!
- It’s a week of Tube based creativity as these beautiful watercolour sketches from 2013 of Leslie Green arcetecture by Artist Emily Pulham surface on my Twitter timeline.
- From art to photography, check out these cracking images showing the development progress at Manchester Victoria in GM News.
- An unexploded bomb closes the Folkestone to Dover line.
- RailwayManiac has done an excellently detailed study of the maze of railway lines that once graced the Bury area. Certainly worth a read whether you’re from that part of the world or not!
- The Heathrow spur of HS2 has been dropped.
- First are looking to get in on the East Coast action.
- Whilst The end of the InterCity 125 is nigh…
- Support 100 Trains‘ Round The World Rail Journey here!
- Could a 1000mph train become a reality?
- After the sad passing of Terry Pratchet, London Reconnections pay tribute with their Ankh-Morpork Transport Committee review.
Shameless Self Promotion
- With over 40 of the total 42km of Crossrail Tunnels now completed, I ask – Just how many Pringles can you fit in Crossrail?
- In fact so popular was this post that it appeared on Londonist’s Daily News Roundup! *Smug face*
Cover Image by ObaJak from Discworld Novels.
The London Underground maybe a functional and sometimes frustrating piece of infrastructure for some, but for others it’s an architectural gem known the world over. Being over 150 years old, and made up of various former Victorian companies, the Tube has some of the most varied and interesting architectural designs of any mass transit system. None more prominent than the stations of Leslie Green.
In 1903 Leslie Green (born 1875) was appointed chief architect of the newly formed Underground Electric Railways Company of London who were busy in the process of building 3 new lines through the capital: Great Northern, Picadilly & Brompton Railway (Piccadilly Line), The Baker Street & Waterloo Railway (Bakerloo Line) and the Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway (Northern Line – Charing Cross Branch). Leslie Green was tasked with designing the stations for all 3 lines.
Green designed the stations in a bold uniform ‘Arts & Crafts’ style so that they would be instantly recognisable for the UERL’s new customers. Each station was constructed around a steel two story frame, with ox-blood red tiled façades with large semi-circular windows above wide entrance/exit gates. This December (2014) I went to take a closer look at some of the examples surviving on today’s Northern Line.
- A tram delayed the New Year from starting in Manchester by 4 minutes. Watch the full shambles here.
- Cock-Ups-a-plenty this week as overrunning engineering works causes festive chaos on the East Coast Mainline…
- …Network Rail makes official apology and say their boss will not take a Christmas bonus.
- The festive improvement works at London Bridge went much more smoothly. Do you want to see timelapse footage of it? Of course you do.
- Fares have gone up 20% under The Coalition…
- …but at least train companies will inform you of the cheapest prices in new “code of practice.”
- Twitter user @bitoclass creates this Christmas version of the tube map….
- London Reconnections explore train frequencies on the tube’s Sub-Surface Lines.
- Tottenham Court Road Tube station will be partially closed for a year.
- YouTuber, cbalmer001 has decorated his bathroom to mimic a Leslie Green tube station.
- An Arriva Trains Wales service was allegedly so crowded, passengers rode in the drivers cab!
- The Railway Gazette report that the CTA are going Contactless.