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  • Is it ever OK to wear socks with sandals? – IanVisits
    2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Is it ever wrong to wear socks with sandals It may surprise you to learn that not only can it be acceptable but indeed can be mandatory Such a place and time was ancient Egypt where despite the temperature it was common for the richer folk to wear woolen socks with their sandals How do we know this A visit to the V A will educate you as they have such a pair of socks on display The socks were made in the 4th to 5th century and were excavated in Egypt at the end of the 19th century then donated to the museum To the museum the significance of these socks lies in their use of what is now a relatively little known textile technique and the fact that they come from Oxyrhynchus a Greek colony which was a notable monastic centre by the fifth century For those who are inclined to wearing socks with sandals you can claim to be restoring an ancient tradition Although I doubt that will appease the fashion police Rather weirdly for a pair of ancient Egyptian socks they can be seen

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/04/wearing-socks-with-sandals/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Steam trains and afternoon tea on the London Underground – IanVisits
    London tomorrow Things to do in London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Combine steam train travel and tea and cake on the Metropolitan line for a late summer treat The Transport Museum will be running a restored steam train along the Met Line and offering classic afternoon tea at a tea room at Watford Tube station on the weekend of 12 and 13 September 2015 A live gramophone will be playing while the kettle boils to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone era of suburban London Victoria sponge cake served on ornate crockery will be waiting for steam day trippers who have purchased a special Tea and Steam event ticket The steam train will be pulled by steam locomotives Met No 1 which was used during the 150 th anniversary celebrations of London Underground and L150 on a journey to or from Watford Tube station Three trips are being offered Harrow on the Hill to Watford via Chesham A return journey to Watford via Chesham Watford to Harrow on the Hill via Chesham Tickets range from 20 to 35 for adults and 10

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/03/steam-trains-and-afternoon-tea-on-the-london-underground/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground A mother said she was left shaking with anger after a station guard refused to help her carry her buggy down three flights of stairs Local Guardian Saft wins a contract for onboard batteries on Northern Line trains Press Release Bottled water brand Evian has opened a new pop up shop in Piccadilly Circus Underground station Promo Marketing Campaign launched for Wanstead and Snaresbrook Tube stations to be re classified as zone 3 Local Guardian Campaigners for the Chiswick Park pedestrian bridge which will relieve pressure on Gunnersbury Tube Station have learned that the way has now been cleared for the project to commence ChiswickW4 Two more unions vote to strike over Night Tube pay MayorWatch 7 7 anniversary Dagenham Tube driver remembers bomb horror B D Post Crossrail Crossrail 2 proposal receives 100m Budget boost from Chancellor Independent Video Fire Safety on Europe s Largest Construction Project IFSEC Mainline Overground Suppressed HS2 report reveals serious cost concerns The Guardian DLR Serco gets back on track after DLR blow as profit alerts stop Evening Standard Miscellaneous Sir Peter Hendy will be a hard act to follow as head of TfL The Guardian London politicians back TfL plans to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/03/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-104/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A mono railway proposed back in 1880 – IanVisits
    03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life In September 1880 news of an invention reached the press of a mono railway that could be built quickly and cheaply The system of elevated transit ways devised by Mr J K Collett of Cardiff is considered by him applicable to proivide a cheap kind of railway and one that could be very quickly constructed for use in war time or in countries which cannot bear the cost of an ordinary railroad His plan is to erect tripods of timber iron or other suitable material supporting a horizontal beam carrying a single rail The trains would be suspended from carrying wheels overhead which would run securely along this line The weight of a carriage suspended below would be at 2 tons and capable of carrying 12 passengers A locomotive engine of 20 horse power has also been designed by the inventor which could draw the train along at around 20 miles per hour A stationary winding engine pulling trains by rope was also an option The article notes that the rope pully method would be suitable in urban areas Some 130 years later and the monorail as a significant rail service is still an idea whose time is yet to come Facebook 0 Google 3 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 5 5 8 monorail 3 thoughts on A mono railway proposed back in 1880 Keith Marshall says July 1 2015 at 6 45 pm Ah ha

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/01/a-mono-railway-proposed-back-in-1880/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tours of a Royal Navy Frigate Announced – IanVisits
    London during Feb 2016 Things to do in London in Mar 2016 Things to do in London in Apr 2016 London Calendar Jan Feb 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 May 2016 Jun 2016 Jul 2016 Aug 2016 Sep 2016 Oct 2016 Nov 2016 Dec 2016 Jan 2017 Feb 2017 Mar S M T W T F S 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 15 More Blogs Brixton Blog Cabbie Blog Christopher Fowler City Metric Diamond Geezer Edith s Streets Greenwich Industrial History London Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Next Saturday 11th July there will be a chance to wander around HMS St Albans which will be in Docklands on a visit Note that due to space restrictions onboard members of the public will be unable to actually see inside the vessel but will be able to tour the upper deck and have the opportunity to see some of the equipment used onboard weapons systems and an opportunity to speak with members of the ships company

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/01/tours-of-a-royal-navy-frigate-announced/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Wrong sort of headlines on the railways – IanVisits
    as the stress free level set at 27 C which may surprise you to learn happens to be the UK s average summer temperature There will always be occasional heatwaves but to raise the stress free rating for railways to for example 30 C would then reduce the range they can operate in during winter And in the UK we have more winter than summer So to avoid the occasional delay on a hot day could mean more delays on cold days One of the maintenance jobs on railways to reduce buckling caused by repeated temperature extremes is to de stress the tracks often by use of machines that pull or heat the tracks to release the built in stress This is a technique that was developed in the 1960s to deal with increased track buckling from the use of continuous welded rail CWR Part of the reason for the use of CWR is that it offers long lengths of track without joints offering passengers a smoother ride and less banging on the wheels from the joints While CWR is more expensive to lay than the older short lengths of track it more than pays its way in reduced wear and tear Even with long lengths of continuous welded track there will be some expansion joints to absorb some movement and they can often be seen as wedge shaped chamfered gaps in the track The use of the diagonal slice in the track also reduces the noise caused by the train passing over them which reduces wear both to the track and the trains The use of continuous track is why the old distinctive regular bumping sound from trains running over gaps in short lengths of track is nowadays a fairly rare experience Minimizing delays is a combination of good maintenance to reduce the build up of stresses and being aware of where the stresses are likely to occur and usually slow traffic in those areas to safe levels or cancel it entirely Increased track monitoring may make it possible to run trains and stop them only when the track becomes unsafe However such trackside monitoring would be a costly solution to a problem that doe not happen all that often As with many weather extremes it would be nice to know we can build infrastructure to cope with both heavy snowfalls and also heat waves but the cost for a few days of benefit would be staggering Until then the wrong sort of newspaper headlines will prevail Or maybe The railways should take the advice of a Mr Ellis Lever who wrote to the Morning Post in July 1897 on the topic of hot carriages proposing that the roofs of passenger carriages be coated with a mixture of lime and buttermilk the effect being to turn the roofs white to reflect the heat of the sun Then again maybe not Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 14 14 15 6 thoughts on Wrong sort of headlines

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/30/wrong-sort-of-headlines-on-the-railways/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A look around Croydon’s tram sidings and repair depot – IanVisits
    shopping centre redevelopment and its impossible for large vehicles to get to it when there are overhead tram power cables in the way Adding another loop around the edge of the town center allows bits to be taken out of service for large lorry movements without closing the network The loop has another long term benefit Although the trams share the road with other traffic they have priority at traffic lights With increased trams on the lines you could end up with road traffic effectively blocked at nearly permanent red lights to let trams pass Adding more track and streets around the centre means they can continue to feed trams into the centre without overloading the existing road junctions Back in the shed and assuming that the three car configuration isn t needed local shunting can be carried out by a crab a battery powered mini locomotive that can pull trams around the place Yes it is called the crab possibly because its small and yellow The depot also houses offices including the main control room where staff keep an eye on the network both the signalling and the cctv Part of the 15 year cycle of wear and tear and ongoing upgrades is seeing a lot of the CCTV upgraded This seemed apt as the colour bleed on the camera covering the exterior of East Croydon station at times looked as if a heavy snowfall had taken place The signalling is a mixture of automatic and manual If you walk around the rail section of the tramlink you might see black wire loops in the tracks these are the radio transponders that monitor if a tram has passed by and also transmit information into the tram s onboard route computers Incidentally the announcements and displays are controlled by GPS locations not the signalling The two are kept separate The Tramlink it has since dropped Croydon from the brandname uses two types of trams both originally designed for use in Germany The older set from Bombarier and a new set supplied by Stadler Rail Maintenance of the trams was recently brought back in house and their own staff look after both designs of trams even though they are a decade apart in design One of the interesting safety features built into the older trams is that the doors need two hands to press two buttons meaning that its impossible to drive the tram and open the doors by accident The newer trams are getting that added at the moment The newer trams are also somewhat better laid out internally thanks to smaller profiles underneath by the bogies but they are prone to being slower at opening doors and accelerating One serious issue though is that the newer trams are more articulated than the older versions Great for going around tight corners but it means one fewer set of doors which adds to the dwell time at tram stops So overall a bit of a mixed picture in performance The market

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/28/a-look-around-croydons-tram-sidings-and-repair-depot/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Enter a silent Spitalfields Georgian house – IanVisits
    a look around while they are out But hush for they might return shortly A knock on the door and it is opened to allow curious visitors inside Downstairs whispered advice suggests and head bowed against the slight creaking staircase down into the bowels of the earth The servants have left the loaf of sugar dominates the table Dim lighting flickers over the china and just discarded papers Peer at the ledger book notice the kitchenware absorb the atmosphere A black cat lounges on the chair barely seen in the gloom stretches and yawns then undisturbed by the unexpected visitors goes back to sleep Up the creaking stairs an usher directs you to the main living room A fire crackles vibrantly Curtains closed the room is lit by light dancing around momentarily touching paintings drawings decorations before flitting away again In silence the gesture is the only communication to your companion Stand back and soak in the atmosphere don t peer too deeply at the objects You cant see the room looking closely at a cup on the table Upstairs you pass into a different world the private bedroom of the mistress A grand bed a table lain out with makeup about to be applied The dress stands ready but the occupant is missing Ascending higher the staircase decoration becoming meaner to reflect the lower classes of those who trod its steps A gesture from the silent watchers on the landing and a decaying room is presented A former weavers occupation in the corner sits the memory of another weaver of words of narrative of a christmas carol A side room large enough for a family as they were then A small grate is contrasted with the vast fire several floors below There for decorative light here to feed a

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/27/enter-a-silent-spitalfields-georgian-house/ (2016-02-16)
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