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  • Regent Street filled with vintage buses – IanVisits
    WW2 blackout covers over the headlamps and white paint to make the bus easier to see by other motorists The Year of the Bus Time for a gin More importantly notice the power coupling at the top for this tram bus Really long queues to go inside one of the few buses with an open top to get better photos of the street A bus stop made out of Lego How many of us saw the buses on display though little display screens And finally one of the stars of the show the oldest bus on display with replicas of the original engine in place Facebook 53 Google 1 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 54 bus regent street 9 thoughts on Regent Street filled with vintage buses Annabel says June 22 2014 at 9 00 pm We were amazed at how still the horses stood they must have been there for hours without moving Excellent training As for the Boris buses my daughter and her sons hadn t been on one before so were very keen to see one and then they caught one from Oxford Street to King s Cross to get home I don t find them very impressive inside all the worst features of the Routemasters but they are lovely to look at Reply Andrew says June 22 2014 at 10 00 pm Lucky you Looks like a great time was had by all Surely a bus with an overhead power pick up is a trolleybus not a tram Reply Simon says June 22 2014 at 10 19 pm Hear hear Andrew a clean non polluting electric bus which collects its power from twin overhead wires is indeed a trolleybus I am stunned that Ian did not know this Unlike battery buses which either need to keep stopping to recharge their batteries as per the induction charged buses on the H98 or have batteries which are so heavy that passenger capacity is reduced as per London s BYD buses the trolleybuses can operate a full 18 hours day without ever worrying about running out of power Their zero tailpipe pollution makes them even cleaner and greener than the new buses recently introduced by Mayor Boris Johnson London used to have over 1800 trolleybuses With air pollution a serious issue we would do well to have that many again if not even more btw it was a lovely event very well attended only spoilt because for most buses the direction of the sun made it easier to photograph their backs than their fronts Simon Reply ianvisits says June 23 2014 at 5 18 am I am stunned that Ian did not know this I did but prefer to avoid unfamiliar technical terms on a mainstream blog Simon says June 23 2014 at 11 29 am not the real Simon An impostor The real Simon is a great deal more polite Reply Morris Hickey says June 23 2014 at 12 52 pm Tram bus How ridiculous It

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/22/regent-street-filled-vintage-buses/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Inside the post-war marvel of Stockwell Bus Garage – IanVisits
    to play with The huge concrete beams reflected a post war necessity a lack of steel for a conventional steel frame and also less well known a lack of skilled brickies to erect the rest of the structure Concrete was easier and unlike the ravages of time that came to haunt council estates the vast ribbed ceiling is far away from grubby hands and could survive the wear of the years Not to say that a bit of a clean wouldn t be appreciated The shallowness of the ribs shouldn t defy gravity but thanks to engineering cleverness they manage to spring gently from lightly angled supporting walls Walls that seem almost impossibly thin to support such vast spans No need for gothic buttresses here When Brunel built Maidenhead Bridge people said the span was too shallow and wouldn t support trains that ran over it They were wrong and here a bus garage demonstrates the same delicacy that a shallow angle adds to a structure Too flat and you need columns Too sharp an angle and you end up with too vast a space that dwarfs the people within Here the dimensions remain reassuringly human Undecorated the concrete spans still show the imprint of the wooden slats that were used as moulds when the concrete was poured More dramatic at the South Bank here they are distant echos of the construction than a major focus of the design Indeed too heavy a decoration would have been oppressive But note the clever use of the services pipes to add just a hint of movement to the structure lightening the overall effect One set of pipes carries electricity to the suspended lights while the other set of pipes carries away water from the drains above Bus garages are usually filled with the staff of the bus firm Vintage bus gatherings more often filed with men of a certain age and attire Today the bus garage was filled with ordinary folk having a great time inside the normally sealed off world of mystery The peoples bus garage Some were there for the building others for the buses and some simply because it was something unusual to do Other people mostly men peered intently at collectables and rummaged through photos of buses to see if there was the elusive photo still missing from their encyclopedic collection Model buses for sale for eye watering prices The bus operator never one to miss a chance tried to hire some new drivers Children got childishly excited about sitting in driving seats of the vintage buses A father asked his young son if he was enjoying himself Yes Which bus do you like the father enquired The red one I smiled for that is roughly my level of knowledge about the various bus types New one old one very old one I was there for the building For the bus geeks there were many buses to photograph For everyone else that workhorse of the daily commute which

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/21/inside-post-war-marvel-stockwell-bus-garage/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Just two more dates to visit the Kirkaldy Testing Museum – IanVisits
    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 A small rarely opened museum filled with a huge Victorian testing machine has secured a 2 month extension on its lease offering potentially just a few more chances to visit The Kirkaldy Testing Museum is open on the first Sunday of the month but has been under threat of having to leave its historic Southwark home for some time The location is significant as the museum occupies the ground floor of the original building that was constructed to house the massive testing machine back in 1874 and while the upper floors are now offices the lease on the ground floor appears to be in peril An upgrade of the English Heritage listing for the building may help a little in preserving the location of the testing machine in its original home If not then it is likely that the 6th July and 3rd August will be the last chances to see not just this machine but also the entire collection of materials testing machines that have been built up over the years There will

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/20/just-two-dates-visit-kirkaldy-testing-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – 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 A weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground A female commuter was slapped in the face by a fellow passenger after she asked him to turn down a video which was playing on his phone Evening Standard High voltage electrical systems on the London Underground are set to be modernised over the next eight years Construction Enquirer Tube commuters panic after smoke pours from bag BBC News Crossrail Crossrail to publish expenses online after thousands spent on international flights MayorWatch Lattice roof on Crossrail station completed Wharf Old Oak Common development corporation plans detailed PlanningResource BBC2 orders 3 one hour TV programmes about Crossrail construction RealScreen I understand that these are expected to be shown later this year Mainline Overground A pathway between two Walthamstow stations will open in July following an 18 year wait Local Guardian Rail campaigners have held protests in London and Sussex after the Thameslink rail franchise was awarded to Govia BBC News Miscellaneous 90m lightwall tunnel to open at King s Cross Station Lighting Imperial War Museums is launching a campaign of short films commemorating the centenary of the First World War which will run in London Underground stations The Drum Mystery as dog balloons tied to Northern Line Tube

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/20/weekly-round-londons-railway-transport-news-2/ (2016-02-16)
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  • More Blue Plaques planned for London – IanVisits
    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 Despite all the media fuss about the death of the Blue Plaque a couple of years ago they are still going strong and nominations has opened for more of them to be installed on buildings The opening of nominations for more Blue Plaques is due to a donation from a singe individual while English Heritage has also launched the Blue Plaques Club a donors group to secure the scheme s long term future There are currently 880 official plaques in London with scores more of not quite official plaques installed by a host of local heritage groups and the like scattered around the place Almost all the proposals for Blue Plaques are made by members of the public English Heritage s in house historian then researches the proposal and a committee makes the final decision In order to be approved for a plaque nominated figures must be judged by the Blue Plaques Panel to have met a set of criteria These include they should be regarded as eminent within their own profession or calling their achievements should have made an exceptional impact in terms of public recognition or their achievements deserve national recognition they should have been dead for

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/18/blue-plaques-planned-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Tours inside West Ham Bus Garage – IanVisits
    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 Just as this weekend offers a chance to see inside one of the post war bus garage icons there is a chance the following weekend to see inside a very different yet kindred structure Build next to West Ham tube station the appropriately named West Ham bus garage was built as a result of some sporting event in Stratford needing the land occupied by two other bus depots They had to go and got a new building in West Ham Whereas Stockwell bus garage is famously made from a vast single span of concrete West Ham has four sizeable spans of steel Two of those four spans are also covered in a green roof which soaks up rainwater which can then be used for flushing toilets and the like A token wind turbine does generate about 10 percent of the electricity the garage needs so not such a token after all It is occasionally open to the public during Open House weekend but as that is not guaranteed there is a chance to book paid tours instead next weekend For a tenner you get to find out from the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/17/tours-inside-west-ham-bus-garage/ (2016-02-16)
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  • London’s nearest steam railway needs a new bridge – IanVisits
    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 The steam train service running along a length of old Central line tube train tracks up at Epping is seeking funds to install a new railway bridge At the moment passengers changing platforms at North Weald which is the main station on the line are required to get between them by walking across the tracks which causes delays as understandably that is only possible when the train isn t steaming towards them They already have the bridge which is actually from Woodford train station on the Central Line dating from when it was the Great Eastern Railway and was donated by Ongar Railway Preservation Society a few years ago It s now in place where you would expect a railway bridge to be but it doesn t have any steps Hence the fund raising Any individual business group or other party wishing to make a generous donation is invited to get in touch And as they note not only will this bridge ease platform changes but it will also add a new vantage point for photographers from where

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/16/londons-nearest-stream-railway-needs-new-bridge/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Stockwell Bus Garage Open Day – IanVisits
    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 coming weekend can be thought of as the weekend of the bus for there are two major events taking place Stockwell Bus Garage Open Day On Saturday is an exceptional chance to sate your modernist architectural desires as one of the great post war buildings welcomes visitors inside This is the Stockwell Bus Garage and it is an exceptional building At the time of its construction it had Europe s widest concrete spans and is today recognised as one of the most important modernist buildings in London Rarely seen by outsiders the bus garage will be open to the rest of us from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 21st June Along with the opportunity to ride a bus through the bus wash and see some fine examples of heritage buses including the museum s recently restored B type bus there will also be a mobile exhibition and a range of family entertainments There will also be illustrated talks throughout the day The bus garage is just around the corner from Stockwell tube station map link Regent Street Bus Cavalcade Then on the Sunday almost 50 buses from the earliest horse drawn model of the 1820s right up to the New Routemasters of the present day will fill Regent Street which will be closed to traffic for the day The most modern buses including those powered by hydrogen electricity and hybrid technology will be stationed near Oxford Circus with vehicles increasing in age as visitors make their way

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2014/06/16/stockwell-bus-garage-open-day/ (2016-02-16)
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