CAS Weekly 23/01/15

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  • A special exhibition “Playing Trains” will feature at the National Railway Museum from 20th March onwards.

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  • From underneath the north sea earlier to the depths of the Atlantic as CityMetric discover how New York recycle their subway cars.

Featured image by Bernard Pépellin.

CAS Weekly 16/01/15

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  • Bored of hearing about 2 weeks of mild delays at London Bridge? How about the train out of Victoria that’s NEVER been on-time!
  • London Underground are getting a new power station
  • …whilst the DLR might get a new bridge.
  • A look at the new Tottenham Court Road ticket hall and station entrance…
  • …and an artist impression of what’s to come at Canary Wharf Crossrail.
  • And lastly in London, it was recently ‘No Pants Day‘ on the Tube. All I can say is thankfully I wasn’t working on Monday.
  • We’ve got battery powered cars so how about a battery powered Class 379?
  • The BBC take a look at some of England’s best lost stations. Where was Broad Street? And Manchester Exchange? And Halifax North Bridge. I might be here a while
  • From lost buildings to restored rolling stock. More on the coach that carried Winston Churchill to his final resting place.

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Exploration: Leslie Green Stations Of The Northern Line

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.

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CAS Weekly: 12/12/14

It’s my intention to start curating a weekly wrap of interesting railway based news (of a both real and modelling persuasion). So here’s this weeks interesting stories:

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