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  • Crossrail Tunnels uncovered at Paddington – IanVisits
    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 new Crossrail station box being dug down at Paddington has dug down deep enough to reach the tunnels drilled out by the tunnel boring machines and now they are demolishing them A planned exercise as it was easier and more reliable to let the TBM s drill their way through the site without having to wait for the station box to be constructed first Over the past couple of years Costain Skanska Joint Venture has excavated down to the new Crossrail tunnels which run some 16 metres below ground Using the under digging method they built the roof of the station at street level first then excavated out the soil underneath slowly working their way down to the tunnels beneath them Now that they are down there the tunnels are to be demolished as they will form the new platform level for the station While demolishing the newly built tunnels seems wasteful it is often cheaper than the risks of something going wrong with the station build which could delay the progress of the TMBs That s the same technique as is being used at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road dig the tunnels first then construct the station around them At Paddington Costain Skanska will excavate the earth between the two tunnels creating a large open station platform level Once excavation is completed they will start building the station platforms and laying the track bed Following the completion of the platform and track bed construction system wide contractor ATC Altsom

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/23/crossrail-tunnels-uncovered-at-paddington/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground Plans for the long awaited extension of the Bakerloo line are set to take a significant step forward next month Evening Standard Passenger watchdog launches Tube ticket office consultation Mayor Watch A million passengers disrupted as Central Line shuts for Tube driver strike London24 Next step for Northern Line Extension Press Release Microsoft Azure and IoT to modernise London Underground monitoring systems The Inquirer London Underground has begun procurement for a new fleet of trains to serve the Northern and Jubilee lines Transport Briefing Dust cleaning London tube train delayed until 2017 Air Quality News Crossrail Magnolia tree blooms in Canary Wharf s Crossrail Station The Wharf Hackney Council is calling on TfL to build two Crossrail 2 stations in the borough one in Dalston and one in Hackney Central Hackney Citizen Mainline Overground First Great Western says it is working on building better trust with its customers after a survey found it was among the worst performing train companies for customer satisfaction BBC News MP Lynne Featherstone launches campaign for step free access at train stations in Haringey Haringay Independent Southeastern appoints new managing director Local London Miscellaneous There are growing calls to have Woolwich Arsenal station rezoned so that it covers both zone 4 and 3 BBC News How map master Max Gill became the saviour of the London Underground The Guardian Manager of The Pembroke reveals railway history of pub Ham High The underground manure railway of Hyde Park Barracks London The Model Villager 150th anniversary of the Thames Valley Railway IanVisits A scaffolder who flashed at shocked commuters at railway stations can continue using public transport so he can get to work Court News

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  • London Bus themed bar to open next month – IanVisits
    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 month the Design Junction returns to London and as in previous years will include a London Transport themed bar As part of the year of the bus TfL will have a restaurant bar on the second floor in partnership with the East London Liquor Company Last year it was beer in a tube station this year its spirits in a bus The restaurant designed by designjunction Creative Director Michael Sodeau will feature a huge version of the General Map of Outer London archive photography of buses and bus workers from TfL archives and a wall made from reclaimed vintage enamel bus stops The space will be furnished by British furniture brand Modus with pieces upholstered in the latest TfL fabrics from Kirkby Design The event itself Design Junction is basically a vast trade show for design companies to persuade you to open your wallet to them but it isn t a bad few hours wandering around looking at furniture and fittings either It ll be open from 18th to 21st Sept Entry is 8 28 in advance or 10 on the door If you re really into interior design there are lectures on specific dates which might affect which day you visit Or not Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 11 11 12 design junction tfl 4 thoughts on London Bus themed bar to open next month nick says August 19 2014 at 2 28 pm I went to the tube themed bar last year at DJ Was a complete letdown being a highly obtuse interpretation of the theme Additionally it was crowded 15 minute queue for overpriced bottled beer nowhere to

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/19/london-bus-themed-bar-to-open-next-month/ (2016-02-16)
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  • 150th anniversary of the Thames Valley Railway – IanVisits
    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 Just under 150 years ago a new railway line opened linking Shepperton to Twickenham As with so many grand railway schemes grand plans to expand it further came to nothing but 150 years later that little bit of railway is still there and still very much in use Next month slightly ahead of the anniversary date they plan to hold a birthday party Originally known as The Thames Valley Railway the Shepperton Branch Line was opened on the 1st Nov 1864 linking Twickenham to Shepperton A triangular junction was added 30 years letting trains run both north to Twickenham or south towards Teddington To celebrate a whole host of goodies is being laid on by the railway and local community groups On display will be a n 1885 London South Western Railway steam loco and coach built in 1910 from The Bluebell Railway as well as a collection of vintage London buses There will also free bus tours on classic London buses An exhibition about the role of London s buses and crews in World War 1 is being staged at the local Scouts hut A 48 page Souvenir Programme is being produced giving full details of the events and including a 24 page section on the history of Hampton Station and a section on the role of London s buses and crews in WWI That will cost a fiver The whole lot takes place on 7th September and run from 10am to 5pm Back in 1864 the very first train to run along the line

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/18/150th-anniversary-of-the-thames-valley-railway/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Museum Meals – London Transport Museum – IanVisits
    on a tube train sort of If you are a museum visitor you might not even know the cafe exists as it is above the shop you pass through to leave the museum so I suspect that a lot of passing trade passes by and out into the cafes and eateries of the Covent Garden instead I managed to arrive on one of the hotest days of the year so far and ordered the Haddock Goujons with Tartar Sauce I was warned that the sauce was quite piquant but today that sounded exactly what I was after Coffee and while I rarely order cappuccino on this one occasion it simply had to be done While waiting an email arrived on the phone and it turned out that where I had said I would meet someone next week they misunderstood and thought I mean this week and were sitting in a hotel across town waiting for me A quick phone call and a decision to delay the meeting meant that I could at least eat lunch rather than rushing off This is a venue that serves lunch on slates rather than plates which still irritates me a little bit However the haddock was excellent Crispy but not too deep a crisp and the flesh was sufficiently moist as to not leave a person thirsty half way through a meal as some fish can do when badly cooked A little cluster of salad on the side with a thin dressing was evidently wilting in the heat and while the dressing livened it up the salad had collapsed to a heap by the time I finished what was left Another patron was in the cafe at the time the sort who watches trains and was regaling tolerant staff with train trivia Elsewhere some

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/18/museum-meals-london-transport-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Illustrated London News goes online – IanVisits
    The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life The Illustrated London News that venerable newspaper that is still technically publishing albeit very rarely has published something They have put their entire archive from the Great War on a public website for the first time Although people have been able to buy old copies of the ILN or there is a complete archive available to academics there has never been a archive made available to the general public The Illustrated London News was awarded 96 000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund HLF in April 2014 to create a free to access website which will host the digitised wartime magazine pages of one of the world s most iconic magazine archives and rare pictorial material One can only hope that releasing this four year block of newspaper articles will encourage the newspaper to release more of its content via the medium of the internet The first phase website includes the digitised pages from the Illustrated London News 1914 1918 a wealth of editorial features providing rich context for the source material a timeline a range of topical insights from Animals and War and Trench Life to Sport and the War and a blog written by young historians appointed for the project In coming months 70 000 digitised pages of ILN s sister publications including The Illustrated War News The Sphere The Sketch The Tatler The Bystander The Graphic and The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News will be added to the website The ILN has also published a one off magazine The Illustrated First World War in partnership with The Royal British Legion Now on sale in newsagents a donation from every copy sold is made to Royal British Legion www illustratedfirstworldwar com Facebook 0 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/17/the-illustrated-london-news-goes-online-at-last/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A new camera at last – IanVisits
    were struck by panic as the camera mechanism jammed A visit to a Crossrail site had me basically disassembling the entire thing to try and force a reset and get it working again Not easy when wearing protective gloves and trying to keep dirt out of the lenses A new camera was increasingly necessary but the wallet was lacking funds Thanks to the generosity of many readers a few months back to sort out a fiscal emergency and some recent wage packets my first significant purchase has been a new camera I felt that as I urgently needed a camera and that it would assist the blog whose readers had assisted me recently that the camera should be the first thing in my armoury of old stuff that should get an upgrade The new camera a Canon EOS 70D has a resolution that is more than double what I was getting with my old camera I stuck to Canon due to the lens compatibility A few years ago I had some cash to spend on either a new camera or a new lens and bought a new lens a really decent zoom with optical stabiliser which I have never regretted buying That lens has added significantly to the ability to take good photos from a distance The wide angle lens could also do with being replaced as the difference in optics between the two is clear to see but that will have to wait for some more wage packets So I finally have a camera that wont jam on me at inopportune times hopefully Its technical picture quality is higher which may help when selling photos An agency once wanted a load of my photos only to complain in the strongest terms about my use of an old camera to take them and how I had let the agency down Wasn t my fault that they pitched a campaign to their client based entirely on my photos without checking with me first Which is a bit of an oddity as technical quality is no longer the key issue for many media companies It matters and better quality is good but if you are the only person to capture an event on a smartphone then that s all there is to use It s less the technical quality then the unique moment being captured in digital format A smartphone photo is perfectly acceptable to media these days if there s no alternative I ve been quite lucky to get to unique places but have wished for a better technical quality from my photos as a really good camera can do more when in tunnels or on some sites I visit It does make a difference and I do sometimes suffer lens envy when I see people pulling out really good kit from their bags on site visits However the greatest gain I am likely to get from the new camera is speed The old one took 3 photos per second and

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/17/a-new-camera-at-last/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The missing murmurations of Leicester Square – IanVisits
    Park One fan of the birds a Digby Pigott noted in a letter that the sight of so many birds in the park in the evening was a delight even if he then commented that firing a gun at them brought down a dozen birds so closely packed were they His gunshot couldn t have been that effective though as starlings were still massing in the park some 35 years later where Duck Island was seen to be their preferred roosting location in the park although not in winter when they seemed to prefer buildings possibly for the warmth A Mr Wilson in 1931 commented that most of the Starlings passing over London were flying between rural feeding grounds and the birds roosting overnight in the city were the older ones who couldn t make the 15 20 mile flight in one day and that the numbers were growing as London expanded and pushed the boundaries of rural England ever further away The British Museum was less charitable bemoaning the cost of cleaning their facade after the starlings took a fancy to it during WW1 for some reason and were not successfully evicted until the 1930s A study by Mr E M Nicholson in the 1940s found that the starlings had an odd preference for roosting amongst the stone acanthus leaves of Corinthian columns that decorate the exterior of so many classical buildings Maybe that s why the Starlings left the British Museum its frontage is lined with Ionic Columns Of course the starlings gained notoriety when in August 1949 a flock of them decided to rest on the minute hand of Big Ben causing it to lose 5 minutes as the clock mechanism couldn t overcome the weight of the birds By the 1950s the sight of vast clouds of starlings swooping around central London was a common sight mostly at winter although that was mainly due to night fall occurring at the same time as commuters headed home The birds just waited until later in the evening during summer when there were fewer office workers around to notice However by the 1980s the starling was starting to be seen more as a nuisance than a delightful sight Cars parked under trees could be pebbledashed in a single night People wandering through parks could swiftly come to rue the decision And then it all stopped Between the 1980s and 2000 the starling population of London collapsed Utterly A decade ago I moved to a flat in docklands and when I put out bird feed hardly a starling was to be seen When I moved away there was an undeniable flock swooping up to grab food and chatter animatedly between themselves on the balcony They left a mess which was easy to clean up with the mop and significantly easier to clean than that left by the feral pigeon Today we bemoan the presence of that avian chav the pigeon which was barely known in London at the start of

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/08/16/the-missing-murmurations-of-leicester-square/ (2016-02-16)
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