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  • Apsley House puts on the Waterloo Banquet – IanVisits
    of Wellington s London home Apsley House has re presented Waterloo Gallery where Wellington held annual banquets to commemorate the great victory The banquets stopped in 1852 but on this 200th anniversary one more will be held with the current Duke and representatives of the regiments that fought at the battle Charles Wellesley 9th Duke of Wellington standing in front of a painting of the Waterloo Banquet However the table is not the same one as it is narrower to allow visitors to walk around and hence the massive centerpiece wouldn t have been such a space clutter for the original banquets In fact compare the room to the painting that hangs outside it The Waterloo Banquet 1836 by William Salter which shows not only a larger table but a much larger room Such is artistic license If you do visit also pay careful attention to the mirrors for they slide into the wall to reveal the windows behind A double door design demanded by the Duke which acted as a good sound barrier at night as well as reflecting candle light into the room The building also known as Number 1 London has also had a refurbishment with new carpets replacing the old in a design closer to the original that had been lain down nearly 200 years ago A special series of lecture events take place throughout May Starting with Wellington Portrayed in this insight the 9th Duke of Wellington explores the iconography of his famous ancestor followed by Peter Snow The Battle of Waterloo Peter will talk about his new book on Waterloo co authored by his son Dan Snow and explain the story of Napoleon s 100 Days Campaign from his escape at Elba to his defeat at Waterloo The Cutting Edge Weapons at the Battle

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/25/apsley-house-puts-on-the-waterloo-banquet/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Easier access to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel shaft planned – IanVisits
    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 Plans to make entry to an underground chamber in Rotherhithe moved a step closer following the unveiling of the design of the new staircase that will sit inside the space The space in question is the huge shaft suck by Brunel when constructing the original Thames Tunnel This had a staircase to take people down to the tunnel but when the converted to a railway that became the ventilation shaft During the London Overground upgrade a huge concrete floor was installed and ever since it has been part of the Brunel Museum and access has been via a tiny tunnel and down a set of scaffolding Access has therefore been possible for tours and organisations for events that can get in through the tiny access tunnel While certainly atmospheric the current set up is not commercially viable so a new more conventional set of stairs is to be installed Sadly not mirroring the Victorian predecessor which wrapped around the shaft but these should make access considerably easier for the average visitor The

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/25/easier-access-to-brunels-thames-tunnel-shaft-planned/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Post Office Railway orders new trains – IanVisits
    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 The British Postal Museum Archive has announced that transport engineering specialist Severn Lamb has been brought on board to develop and construct the train for the Mail Rail ride opening as part of The Postal Museum in 2016 The Mail Rail ride will let people take a trip through a small section of the post office railway tunnels as part of the site visit Not unheard of as there was an official people train for the postal railway but that was reserved for special occasions and apart from being a historic artifact in its own right almost certainly wouldn t pass

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/25/post-office-railway-orders-new-trains/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tickets now available for UCL arts festival – IanVisits
    tours and musical performances Most of the events need booking in advance so it s worth checking them out now before they all sell out The full list of events is here Treasures of the Written Word Monday May 18 12 5pm A rare opportunity to view UCL Special Collections one of the foremost university collections of rare books manuscripts and archives in the UK Marvel at medieval manuscripts early printed books 1960s poetry and much more as well as a demonstration of conservation techniques No need to register just drop in Travelling in Style the Trains Planes and Steamships of the Stars Monday May 18 6 30 7 30pm Join Rachel Kapelke Dale and Dr Rebecca Harrison to examine the public and private spaces of celebrities in the 1930s and 1940s Travelling in Style will take the audience on a journey through train stations and other transport spaces used by celebrities in the UK and USA The growth of celebrity spotting in this period transformed these transport spaces into an extension of the cinemas that had been popularised in train carriages and on steamships during this period turning travel into a more glamorous and meaningful art We will be reflecting on how the representation of travel in cinema has influenced public perceptions of film stars screen personalities from the 1930s through to the present day Past Present at the Movies British Cinema going of the 1960s and Today Tuesday May 19 6 30 7 30pm Cinemas of the 1960s are often remembered as smoky places without much in the way of refreshments Yet audiences also recall the experience of going to the cinema in the 1960s as somehow much more satisfying than today whether because of the films themselves the viewing environment or the social experience of cinema going

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/24/tickets-now-available-for-ucl-arts-festival/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Royal Oak underground station will be closed for the next three weeks while TfL replace a dangerous staircase WestEndExtra Work that would have led to an entrance to Finsbury Park Tube station being closed for more than two years has been postponed Local London A man who was hit by a Tube train while bending down to pick up a bag from a busy platform has died Evening Standard Canada Water station will be renamed Buxton Water during the London Marathon City AM Crossrail Details of how 7 3m will be allocated to improving the areas around Ealing s five Crossrail stations were agreed by the council s cabinet Ealing Times Crossrail Farringdon photos and update Premier Construction Which comes first Crossrail or the General Election It s a trick question obviously and the answer is Crossrail Diamond Geezer Mainline Overground Plans for a new 5km tunnel into Heathrow won t affect Hillingdon and will relieve congestion in west London Network Rail bosses have claimed Get West London Heathrow smart screens compare rail and taxi travel options Railway Gazette DLR A student was killed when she had an epileptic fit and fell into the path of a DLR train at Stratford station an inquest heard Evening Standard Miscellaneous Lindsey Hall has launched her latest ploy to get Westminster North s voters attention Oyster card holders WestEndExtra The man who oversees London s tube and bus network has described national rail services running into the capital as shit awful and like the wild west Guardian New tube

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/24/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-94/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Computer generated steam train arrives at the Science Museum – IanVisits
    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 A computer generated 3D film about the record breaking and still record holding Mallard steam locomotive has arrived at the Science Museum Featuring archival footage and 3D computer animation The Mallard 3D film recreates moment when the she raced down Stoke Bank on the East Coast Mainline at 126mph to set this historic world record Bob Gwynne Associate Curator of Rail Vehicles at the National Railway Museum sets the scene during a pre show introduction then there is a slightly nausea inducing fly through the inside of the steam engine itself Tickets cost 6 Facebook 14 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 5 5

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/20/computer-generated-steam-train-arrives-at-the-science-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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  • One Step Closer to Steam Trains at Epping Tube Station – IanVisits
    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 The Epping Ongar Railway that doesn t actually run from Epping has made a step closer to joining up with its namesake When the Epping to Ongar section of the Central Line was closed down and later turned into a heritage railway the link with Epping station remained severed Currently a fleet of vintage buses ferry people between Epping and North Weald However it has long been an ambition to restore the line to Epping and link up with the London Underground The line ran towards Epping as far as Coopersdale which is just over half way there Last week the railway extended its running line by 800m from its present western stopping point and bringing it to within 100 metres of Epping Station In preparation for this year the railway changed the name of its present stopping point to Epping Forest in its 2015 timetable This section of the line was the subject of a substantial amount of engineering work last year in preparation for the Railway s End of Tube event which saw the restored tube train that had operated on the line until the withdrawal of Central Line services on the branch brought in by rail from Epping Since the start of 2015 much work has been done including sleeper renewal cutting back vegetation and dropping ballast Over the weekend the first trains ran along the newly extended line The long term aim is to link up with the tube station and then you may be able to step off a tube train and straight onto a steam train Should be a huge boost

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/19/one-step-closer-to-steam-trains-at-epping-tube-station/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tours of a Royal Navy minesweeper – IanVisits
    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 HMS Middleton one of the Royal Navy s Hunt Class Mine Countermeasures Vessels MCMV will be in London next weekend and the ship will be open for public tours That happens to be the same weekend as a Destroyer is down in Greenwich so if you missed those tours a smaller military ship is available next to Tower Bridge HMS Middleton detects investigates and destroys sea bed threats such as mines with the use of high powered sonar remote underwater vehicles and divers The ship and her crew will be open to the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/04/18/tours-of-a-royal-navy-minesweeper/ (2016-02-16)
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