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  • Bus Garage Open Days Announced – IanVisits
    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 weekend the first in a series of open days will take place at Bus Garages across London The open days follow the popularity of such events as part of last year s Year of the Bus This year s open days are Epsom 20th June 11am 3pm Camberwell 5 September Willesden 19 September There will also be open days held at Barking and Westbourne Park garages with dates to be confirmed later in the year Visitors to Epsom Bus Garage which is operated by Epsom Coaches will have the chance to Take a free trip on vintage and other interesting buses from Epsom to Tolworth via Epsom garage View heritage buses coaches cars and motorcycles dating back to as early as 1906 including a B type bus in its World War 1 livery See the modern Epsom Coaches and Quality Line fleet close up See a display of the history of Epsom Coaches Group and take a look behind the scenes Talk to the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Team and see the historic police motorcycle collection Display from Epsom Coaches suppliers including demonstration of the latest flywheel bus technology Buy some bus inspired memorabilia including some anniversary specials Meet the Epsom team A cup of tea and a cake at Café Richmond There will be free bus and coach courtesy services with car parking on site There will be departures every 30 minutes on the 418 route between Epsom and

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/11/bus-garage-open-days-announced/ (2016-02-16)
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  • TfL accepting a dish of Apples and Oysters – IanVisits
    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 TfL has confirmed the recently announced Apple Pay service will be accepted for payment from next month TfL was the first public transport provider to accept contactless payment cards and will be the first to accept Apple Pay TfL developed the contactless technology needed to travel on its services in house and over 100 million contactless journeys have been made on its services since it launched in September 2014 One in ten contactless transactions in the UK are made on TfL s network making TfL one of the largest contactless merchants worldwide and over four million unique credit or debit cards have been

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/09/tfl-accepting-a-dish-of-apples-and-oysters/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Photos – Walking through a Crossrail tunnel – IanVisits
    instead of clay had to use different tunnel boring machine designs from the other tunnels across London Due to the placement of the portals on either side of the river the tunnel curves in a backward S shape which gives it an unusually curved profile which at times can test the engineers controlling the TBM Despite that only once did they deviate more than 50mm from the target position while tunnelling There are also two side passages for use in emergencies and a 5 metre deep sump in the middle to collect water With some commentary here are some photos from this morning In the future this will be the entrance to the Woolwich station Inside the Woolwich station the metal struts hanging down will hold the platform edge doors and barrier as on the Jubilee Line extension To see the station before it was fitted out click here The entrance to the tunnel that runs under the Thames Today people walked westwards along what will when finished be the eastbound train line Inside the tunnel the floor of the tunnel is the base level and tilts slightly to assist in trains turning corners at speed About another waist height of material is to be lain on top of the floor to take it up to track height Self explanatory Here is the central section where the S curve twists on itself This is one of two side passages that were cut out of the tunnel after the TBM had passed by These are still dug by machine assisted manual labour As the cross passages are under the Thames and in chalk they had to fill the space between the tunnels with grout to reinforce the soil for tunneling Although they still got a lot of water blasting into the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/07/photos-walking-through-a-crossrail-tunnel/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Flotilla of hot air balloons over London on Sunday – IanVisits
    tomorrow morning they will head pretty much due east towards Southend And a related question do you remember the un manned hot air balloon that escaped from its tethers and drifted south north over London in the early 80s Reply Ian b says June 7 2015 at 5 57 am Just seen them float overhead 30 mins sho in bromley Amazing sight Reply Stephanie Williams says June 7 2015 at 9 12 am One of them landed in our road in Sevenoaks at about 7am It was a rather rude awakening as it was approximately 20 ft above our house It sounded like a flame thrower in my son s bedroom Reply Juno says June 11 2015 at 10 58 pm I remember one I went up in it when it was tethered about where the mayor s office is now great view over the Tower and Tower Bridge and upriver slightly less so downriver though Canary Wharf was in the background But it blew away and landed in a garden in Peckham That was a millennium thing in 1999 though so the one you re thinking of must have been much earlier Reply George G says June 6 2015 at 11 52 am Could it be this http www balloonsoverlondon com Reply ianvisits says June 6 2015 at 12 09 pm Yeup that looks like it Although I think it must have been planned for a few years ago originally as they have the old Lord Mayor on their website Thanks Reply George G says June 6 2015 at 12 49 pm I m keeping an eye of there for many news would be great if they are doing a nighttime burn seeing that is London Reply marc says June 6 2015 at 8 45 pm It s on My friend taking is balloon 5am take off Reply marc says June 6 2015 at 8 34 pm It s on my friend is taking is balloon 5am take off exclusive balloons is organising it Reply Dee says June 7 2015 at 5 12 am Had the good fortune of spotting these in Bow at 5 35am this morning A truly beautiful sight Reply Pascale says June 7 2015 at 5 13 am I woke this morning with the complete surprise of seeing a fleet of balloons from my window Looks like they were flying over towards Bromley I m by crystal palace Was quite spectacular to see Reply Deborah dawson says June 7 2015 at 5 17 am Opened my curtains at 06 15 and saw about 8 of them over Bromley Reply Anna callinan says June 7 2015 at 5 18 am I saw them over lewisham hither green amazing view was very pleased delighted to see them Reply Steve says June 7 2015 at 5 19 am Just seen them all over my house Bromley wicked Reply Niki says June 7 2015 at 5 20 am Wow Passed over Bromley Stunning Reply Steve says June 7 2015

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/06/flotilla-of-hot-air-balloons-over-london-o-sunday/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Disused “Mail Rail” edges closer to being opened to the public – IanVisits
    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 Another step closer to turning the unused Mail Rail into a tourist attraction as the museum secures additional funding The British Postal Museum Archive BPMA says that it has been awarded two funding grants from Viridor Credits and AIM Biffa Award in support of its plans to open the old Post Office Underground Railway to the public Viridor Credits and AIM Biffa Award are the charitable arms of their respective landfill companies The BPMA has now secured more than 95 of the funds required to make The Postal Museum and Mail Rail a reality and continues to fundraise against the remaining shortfall Exactly a year ago the museum secured

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/05/disused-mail-rail-edges-closer-to-being-opened-to-the-public/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The “All-Female Tube Station” is 100 years old – IanVisits
    opened its doors to the public on the 6 June 1915 as part of the Bakerloo line extension from Paddington to Queen s Park The Times June 7th 1915 page 5 Britain was in the middle of the First World War and many men were away on military service including more than 17 000 Underground bus and tram workers With a shortage of staff to run the Tube The Underground Electric Railways of London the forerunner of London Underground became one of the first transport providers in the country to allow women to work in operational roles If having women out of the kitchen wasn t a big enough shock they were also paid the same wages as the men The station manager was still a man although he was actually based at another station Maida Vale station in 1915 TfL from the London Transport Museum collection To mark the centenary a number of celebrations are being held at the station on Saturday 6 June including an exhibition chronicling the history of women in transport with staff volunteers on hand to speak with customers about the history of the station and the role of women in transport Maida Vale s female workforce continued to work at the Tube station until 1919 when many servicemen returned to London Two decades later following the outbreak of the Second World War a similar shortage of labour opened up jobs for women again and this time they took on virtually every role including manual labour and heavy engineering Checking tickets at Maida Vale station TfL from the London Transport Museum collection TfL has joined forces with Crossrail the Department for Transport Network Rail the Women s Transportation Seminar and Women s Engineering Society as well as others in the transport industry to celebrate 100

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/05/the-all-female-tube-station-is-100-years-old/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Tube driver who sexually assaulted two women on train allowed to continue working on late night services Evening Standard Police are looking for two football supporters after a Tube passenger was victim of a racially aggravated attack following a West Ham v Sunderland match Local London Tufnell Park Tube station is about to shut down for nine months but this Doctor Who themed whiteboard notice makes everything better Radio Times Tube workers are voting on strike action over a pay deal that union RMT has branded an insult to the hardworking men and women who deliver a world class service CityAM Crossrail As Tunnelling on Crossrail draws to a close the next challenge begins building the railway London Reconnections Crossrail project London s 26 mile tunnelling work finished BBC News While the extended Overground gets all the attention what long term will be a far more significant change is receiving far less publicity Diamond Geezer Mainline Overground You can now board a train in London and later get off by the Mediterranean the furthest passengers have ever been able to go on a train from Britain without getting off BBC News A rail worker at Clapham Junction station was punched in the head after a confrontation about a passenger taking a bicycle on a train Local Guardian Trainee staff at a major rail operator were told not to give passengers the best deal on tickets an investigation has revealed Evening Standard UK rail strikes suspended

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/05/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-100/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public – IanVisits
    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 It was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London a building so unusual that a suspicious public were unconvinced it would remain standing when it was built in 1762 Designed at the height of the eighteenth century craze for Chinoiserie The Great Pagoda at Kew was famously adorned with eighty brightly coloured wooden dragons The dragons were the talk of the town for twenty years before disappearing in the 1780s rumoured to be payment for the Prince Regent s gambling debts Today Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew have announced that the dragons are set to return to Kew Pagoda once more as part of a conservation project which will see the building returned to its 18th century splendour Probably commissioned by Princess Augusta and designed by architect Sir William Chambers Londoners and tourists alike flocked to see the striking 163ft nearly 50m tall building which formed part of a homage to the Grand Tour in the famous gardens Observers were most impressed by the seemingly golden dragons designed to dazzle Though memorable the dragons were removed in 1784 when repairs were undertaken to the building s roof Though rumoured to have been payment for the Prince Regent s debts experts believe that being made of wood they had simply rotted over time When it first opened the British Evening Post said that the view from the top could reach as far as 40 miles

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/06/03/londons-50-meter-high-great-pagoda-to-reopen-to-the-public/ (2016-02-16)
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