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  • Rare chance to photograph inside St Paul’s Cathedral – IanVisits
    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 Although most churches permit photography many cathedrals ban it including St Paul s but that is about to change for one evening only For a charge of 10 there will be an evening after hours opportunity to take photos within the building itself something usually forbidden by stern admonishments from wandering volunteers to unwitting tourists There is also a competition associated with the event but for many its the rare opportunity to stare at the opulent interior through the camera lens that will appeal the most The event takes place on the evening of 8th

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  • Crossrail to move 3,000 plague victims – IanVisits
    Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life In order to build the new Crossrail station at Liverpool Street some 3 000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial ground have to be removed and the removal process has just started The excavation will allow construction of the eastern entrance of the new Liverpool Street Crossrail station A team of 60 archaeologists will work in shifts six days a week to remove skeletons and record evidence for what may prove to be in archaeology terms London s most valuable 16th and 17th century cemetery site The Bedlam burial ground was in use from 1569 to at least 1738 spanning the start of the British Empire civil wars the Restoration Shakespeare s plays the Great Fire of London and numerous plague outbreaks 2015 marks the 350th anniversary of London s last Great Plague in 1665 and archaeologists hope that tests on excavated plague victims will help understand the evolution of the plague bacteria strain Nick Elsden Project Manager from MOLA said Construction for Crossrail is providing rare and exciting opportunities for archaeologists to excavate and study areas of London that would ordinarily be inaccessible such as under established road systems There are up to six metres of archaeology on site in what is one of the oldest areas of the city so we stand to learn a great deal The research also aims to shed light on migration patterns diet lifestyle and demography of those living in London at the time Excavated skeletons will be taken to MOLA for testing by osteologists bone specialists before being reburied in a consecrated burial ground The skeletons will be excavated over the next four weeks after which archaeologists will dig through medieval marsh deposits and Roman remains A Roman road runs under the site which has already yielded

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/09/crossrail-to-move-3000-plague-victims/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: A travolator on top of London Bridge – IanVisits
    to a dedicated private walkway as is still found dotted around parts of the City of London today However while those are simple elevated paths the impressive looking structure for London Bridge would have also included an experimental high speed travolator known as the Speedaway This was developed by Dunlop who built a demonstration model in Geneva in 1972 The Speedaway was a combination of the familiar ribbed rubber moving belt Starglide system and the Integrator a pavement of moving aluminium treads having a peculiar geometry that permits access at walking pace and gentle acceleration up to 12 kmh That is considerably faster than the 3kmh usually found on travolators which is also the fastest it is felt that people can comfortably enter and leave the moving walkway Dunlop s design either had two walkways with a slower one feeding sideways to a faster moving line or more intriguingly a curved approach which could accelerate the speed by twisting the plates that people stood on In London Dunlop talked up the possibility of linking north and south banks of the Thames by a Speedaway across London Bridge which could later have been extended north to Liverpool Street station They also proposed a 2p fare for the service to fund its construction which was estimated at around 1 5 million per km Costs aside one of the biggest concerns about a high speed travolator was in case of accidents People stopping suddenly on a normal travolator are going to be thrown around violently but at 12kph Obviously the travolator was never built which in this case as anyone who has crossed the bridge on foot in the middle of winter will confirm was a mistake It needs to be looked at again Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 20 Twitter

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/07/the-abandoned-travolator-for-london-bridge/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Date announced for annual Imber Bus Rally – IanVisits
    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 This page is for 2015 click here for the 2016 Imber Bus event Fancy taking a trip in a heritage London bus through the middle of a military firing range Well keep the 22nd August free in your diary Once a year a small fleet of vintage buses and maybe a single modern one are allowed to run trips through the middle of Salisbury Plains past burnt out tanks and unexploded ordinance to a deserted village It s one of the rather odder heritage bus days and unlike most heritage runs this one uses a specially created but fully official bus Route 23A which is only in use on this one day of each year At least 7 former London Transport Routemaster buses will provide a bus service from Warminster Station to Imber and other isolated locations on the Salisbury Plain As the buses will be providing an ordinary bus service there will be no need to book in advance just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus If you fancy a fine day out in the countryside to visit an abandoned village and do so in a fleet of London buses then keep the 22nd August free Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 5 5

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/07/date-announced-for-annual-imber-bus-rally/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A look at Bermondsey’s railway dive-under construction site – IanVisits
    to drive it All told it took 9 days for the replacement works and had they tried to remove all three arches there would have been a higher risk of overruns and delays in returning the tracks to the train operators For the next few hundred years the old Victorian bridge will slowly rust down entombed within its concrete sarcophagus The exterior of that new box will be decorated with a grass wall which in addition to looking nicer has the double benefit of being harder to climb up so less likely to attract trespassers In a curious historic twist what was and will remain a road was once itself a small goods railway line In addition to the works in Bermondsey the team are also undertaking strengthening works along the viaducts around London Bridge where necessary One example is that sometimes they switch from metal bridges to concrete boxes as they replace regularly wearing out wooden sleepers with heavier stone ballast Elsewhere on the expansive site the new ramp down from the main viaduct is nearly completed with some decorative brick arches being finished off Trackside the railway lines are being relaid to tie in with the new ramp and that has involved a lot of shuffling of tracks sideways Just as the slope down is nearing completion later this year a series of existing brick arches will be demolished to create the opposite side of the new railway slope so that they end up with a gentle dip down and back up And in the middle of that slope will go a new box and over that the Thameslink trains jumping from one side of the tracks to the other but no longer requiring lengthy gaps in the timetable to allow them to get across I said that the site is expansive and it is a large working site in width length but also quite cramped Lots of existing railway arches and work sites make for a surprisingly cramped working environment in places Significant as even with reusing as much as they can on site there will still be an expected 26 000 cubit metres of muck to deal with Some of that muck is being reused for earth embankment works and some for landscaping Part of the plans include converting the old Bolina Road into a pedestrian and cycle route with gardens The works should be finished late 2016 early 2017 And this large complex junction is just one small piece of the entire 6 billion Thameslink project When fully completed though the track realignments through the London Bridge area will let Thameslink run 24 trains per hour through the central section which is pretty much equivalent to a London Underground style turn up and go grade of service Site visit was thanks to Network Rail and Skanska as part of Open Doors Weekend They also uncovered part of a disused railway station more about that next week Facebook 40 Google 4 Linkedin 0 Reddit 58 Twitter

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/07/a-look-at-bermondseys-railway-dive-under-construction-site/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 300 new homes to be built above Southwark Tube station MayorWatch Tube drivers are set to strike this weekend in support of a sacked colleague Local London Improving London Underground 3G and 4G connectivity PR Crossrail Range Rover drives a car through a Crossrail tunnel IanVisits Fears that Crossrail is removing too many trees Maidenhead Advertiser Photos How is Crossrail work progressing in Shenfield Brentwood Gazette A grassroots campaign to prevent lift shafts being built on Wandsworth Common during Crossrail 2 works is celebrating a small victory for people power Local Guardian The inquest into the death last year of a Slovakian shotcreter on the Crossrail project has concluded with a narrative verdict Construction Index Mainline Overground The East Coast rail route between London and Scotland has returned to private hands after more than five years in the public sector BBC News Desperate commuters jumped the barriers at London Bridge amid rush hour chaos that saw police called to control crowds Evening Standard Rail Minister calls for London Bridge compensation LBC DLR Man in critical condition after being hit by a DLR train at Canary Wharf Wharf Miscellaneous London Underground has been accused of adopting 19th century values after a tube worker was sacked simply because she had epilepsy according to MPs London24 Mind The Gap tells the true tale of a beloved tube announcer Londonist Surge in lost credit

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/05/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-87/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Go forensic at the Wellcome Collection – IanVisits
    mysterious solver of difficult to solve crimes that is the mainstay of many a crime novel and daytime TV series is also now the topic of a new exhibition at the recently refurbished Wellcome Collection Real life forensics is seemingly as clinically austere as its media representation is its polar opposite but the history of how we went from guess work to clear solid scientific principles is itself a fascinating one The exhibition is not a chronological examination of the examinatory arts of forensics but a thematic one with a focus on key aspects of the art turned science and a few notable criminal cases A tiled floor hints at murder with faint memories of blood and a nearby not easy to find sign notes that this is from the studio of a Mexican artist whose friend died in the room Elsewhere more scientific uses of the photography art line the walls as early practitioners of the art came to understand the value of accurate recording to the scene of the crime Of course the most familiar image of the forensics lab is the cold slab that is the temporary home for many people between dying and burial In this case a long since discarded design the porcelain slab with its drainage channels for human waste These days they prefer metal for their tables Dotted around the room the historical records of the study of the human body and the political strife to overcome the institutional prejudices in objurgate humans While Britain may have invented the greatest detective it was the French who claim credit for the father of modern day forensics Edmond Locard which a newspaper of the time brazenly declares to have bested Sherlock Holmes at his own game following one notorious case And of course there are

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/05/go-forensic-at-the-wellcome-collection/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Range Rover drives a car through a Crossrail tunnel – IanVisits
    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 In a blatant PR stunt but one that looks like it was quite fun Range Rover have driven one of their cars along a Crossrail tunnel A few strategically placed props to suggest a working environment and demonstrate how a car can drive over a modest hump in the road or part way up a curving concrete wall to get around some workmen All told a sanitised tunnel with fake floor installed on top of the service railway underneath but it s a video of a Crossrail tunnel with a car in it It s not the first time cars have driven along rail tunnels as a stunt ahead of the Olympics a group of delegates visiting London to see how the building works were progressing took a fleet of Land Rovers through the tunnel linking St Pancras to Stratford Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 9 9 10 crossrail range rover 2 thoughts on Range Rover drives a car through a Crossrail tunnel Sykobee says March 4 2015 at 11 48 am I believe the service track has been removed in sections already

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/03/03/range-rover-drives-a-car-through-a-crossrail-tunnel/ (2016-02-16)
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