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  • A look at Crossrail’s critical Acton dive under – IanVisits
    last until 2016 As with all major infrastructure projects Crossrail has brought forward things that were wanted but maybe not likely to happen in the short term Such as a dive under at Acton so that mainline trains heading into Paddington aren t delayed by empty wagons heading west to pick up more building materials for London s insatiable construction boom When it is all finished that small but complex bit of work a single line of track in a cutting will do more to cut delays on the mainline into Paddington that could ever be appreciated by its simple size and design Facebook 119 Google 1 Linkedin 23 Reddit 20 Twitter 0 0 163 acton acton depot crossrail 15 thoughts on A look at Crossrail s critical Acton dive under Paul Harley says December 6 2015 at 8 41 pm Wouldn t it have been easier to build a dive under to send the freight trains under the Up Relief They would depart the yard at slow speed so it would have been acceptable to have tight curves to from the dive under Reply Ian Visits says December 6 2015 at 9 12 pm I m sure wiser heads would have looked at all the options before deciding on what they would build but on this one I suspect the main downside being the sheer difficulty of digging under a live passenger railway line Reply Jamie says December 6 2015 at 10 37 pm The other issue with a freight diveunder would be that very heavy trains aren t that easy to drive on large gradients whereas express services can use momentum to run through John B says December 6 2015 at 10 33 pm Those pop up windows inviting me to subscribe to your email newsletter are really starting to irritate especially since I ve already done it You need to be less intrusive advertising the service which is really useful Reply Ian Visits says December 7 2015 at 6 38 am If you click the X it should set a cookie that lasts a year to not show it again Do you have a plug in that blocks parts of websites from working Reply Robin Green says December 11 2015 at 9 35 pm What annoyed me with your popups is even after I d actually subscribed to your newsletter the popups kept on appearing And no I don t have anything that would block parts of the page from working Grateful reader says December 7 2015 at 8 36 am John B Ian went all the way down there to take the pictures research the piece and took the time to write the article The least time would have been half a day He then puts this up for free and your entertainment and all you can say is a moan about the pop up window That very poor form Without advertising most websites would not be able to survive so stop moaning about it Half

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/06/a-look-at-crossrails-critical-acton-dive-under/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A second light festival for London – IanVisits
    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 Next January London is to have two light festivals running at the same time One was announced a few weeks ago to run in central London but not to be left out Canary Wharf has just announced its own plans for a light festival as well The Winter Lights Festival 2016 will bring 18 different sculptures to the docks including an 18 foot high alien a flutter of butterflies and a digital waterfall all depicted using innovative forms of light technology Other installations are also interactive with the viewer encouraged to physically touch and engage with the works in order to provoke different visual and audio reactions The festival Winter Lights 2016 is free to the public and can be seen across the Canary Wharf Estate from 11 th January to 22 nd January The majority of works will be best viewed from dusk Some installations will be switched off at around 9pm In conjunction with the Winter Lights Festival an exhibition by artist Nathaniel Rackowe featuring sculptural works using light will be on display

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/05/a-second-light-festival-for-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Man arrested after passenger pushed in front of Tube at Kentish Town Independent New glass canopy entrance opens at TCR tube station IanVisits Bluetooth navigation for blind tested in Euston station The IET Crossrail Wandsworth council could pay 10k for Crossrail 2 advice as Balham vs Tooting Broadway battles on Local Guardian Camden to get more say over HS2 and Crossrail 2 works in major DfT deals RTM Crossrail has released photos of some of its tunnels as they turn from digging tunnels to putting a railway inside the tunnels IanVisits Pictures What is happening at the Shenfield Crossrail site as Christmas disruption looms Brentwood Gazette Mainline Overground Getting existing rail services right better than new routes Chris Philp MP Croydon Advertiser Go Ahead Group has been awarded a new contract to continue running London Midland trains until October 2017 Telegraph Network Rail has announced a 4 1m plan to improve passengers journeys on routes into London Bridge and London Victoria Press Release Commuters using South West Trains stations are set to benefit from double the current service on the Hounslow Loop from December 13 Get West London The shambolic performance of train services between London and Norwich is set to be scrutinised by a panel of MPs BBC News DLR A multi modal road

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/03/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-126/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Awesome Rubber-Band Powered Steam Train – IanVisits
    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 What s this a wooden steam locomotive powered by a rubber band As the saying goes Just Take My Money And in fact that s what a Kickstarter campaign is doing rather well at Big Buck Bunnyugears A firm has been set up to sell wooden kit models not unlike the dinosaur models sold in museum shops but this time for a range of mechanical marvels And unlike electric model trains with tiny sealed off motors these wooden trains are full of working wooden gears and it s all visible to see as the train trundles along a wooden track Pop out the wooden pieces polish them off a bit with some sanding paper and assemble Power is

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/02/awesome-rubber-band-powered-steam-train/ (2016-02-16)
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  • New glass canopy entrance opens at TCR tube station – IanVisits
    Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Tottenham Court Road Tube station s new glass canopy entrance opens to the public today The 15 metre tall glass entrance which sits on the Centre Point side of the street opened as TfL confirmed that Central line trains will stop at the station again from Monday 7th Dec The new entrance will give customers much easier access to the Northern and Central lines and marks a major milestone in TfL s 500m upgrade of the station It is adjacent to the Centre Point building in what will become a new public plaza in 2016 offering better facilities for cyclists and improvements to bus services When the new plaza is completed the new entrance will be mirrored by a glass entrance in the same style facing towards Oxford Street While the Central line has been closed at Tottenham Court Road for the past twelve months TfL has constructed a new 110m metre passageway which will eventually link to the new ticket hall They ve also built a new step free access lift shaft and refurbished six escalators The Central line closure at Tottenham Court Road has also allowed a specialist team to restore the famous 20th century Paolozzi mosaics This work is ongoing and once complete in 2016 around 95 per cent of the mosaics at the station will have been retained in their original 1984 locations As many of the original tiles as possible have been reused with new tiles of the same colour produced using the original processes to replace those damaged since they were installed at the station The famous mosaic piece from the former Oxford Street entrance will be conserved and relocated within the new station The remainder of the mosaics have been transported to the world renowned art institution

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/12/02/new-glass-canopy-entrance-opens-at-tcr-tube-station/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: A giant pyramid for Hyde Park – IanVisits
    powerful munitions and maybe even flying machines who knew what the world might look like in a hundred years time and people struggle to survive on a blasted land and having little time to keep records of the past alive The recently completed Albert Memorial grand as it is was already showing signs of decay but look at the so called Cleopatra s Needle thousands of years old and still hale Likewise the mighty pyramids of ancient Egypt recalling the power and glory of that land when all else is forgotten But what evidence would be forthcoming say in eight thousand years time for some future Flinders Petrie digging among the buried cities of the British Islands So Mr Walsh a Doctor wrote of a monumental scheme for a Great National Monument A vast structure of that kind could be raised say in Hyde Park of such a size that it would be visible from the greater part of London Although not solid throughout it would still retain enough of its pyramidal shape to ensure stability of structure and thus become the enduring legacy of mankind s folly Outside the building would be divided into two portions the first a pyramid and the second a square base About two thirds up the pyramidal part windows are cut for the purpose of lighting a large interior chamber In order to lessen weight the apex that is to say the part over the windows is hollowed out into a large chamber which might perhaps be useful as an observatory The pyramid wouldn t have run down sheer to the ground as say for an Egyptian design but stands on a square pediment or base reaching say to a third of the total height from apex to ground level Supposing the total height to be one hundred and fifty feet then the pediment would be thirty seven feet high a sufficiently imposing size for all practical purposes Along with looking imposing it was proposed that the pyramid become a burial place for our great dead The suggestion coming from Mr Walsh s impressions that there was a pressing need of a new Valhalla for the available burying space in Westminster Abbey is already of the scantiest He also felt that the cost of such a building would have to be defrayed mainly by public subscription although Government might be asked to contribute the site and to guarantee a substantial sum both to foundation and to maintenance As the monument would be Imperial as well as national in character an appeal might be made to the Colonies although quite why far Canada or Australia would want to pay for a pile of stones in London is beyond understanding He finished noting that what was possible in ancient Egypt should surely not be altogether impossible in modern Britain Well quite evidently it was impossible in Britain as the plan was generally scorned as frankly not quite English and not fitting with the emerging notions of

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/29/unbuilt-london-a-giant-pyramid-for-hyde-park/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Air raid siren to sound over London – IanVisits
    from 1 or 2 that are too difficult to remove a destroy I saved one It is in my garage I understand they are bringing 1 old siren to the event Unless you live within 1 2 mile of it you wont hear it Reply Iris Simmons says December 22 2015 at 10 51 am I understand what you mean Eddie I think it is the most insensitive thing ever No way to celebrate the Peace or to commemorate the dead Reply Bonny Cannon says November 30 2015 at 11 45 pm Totaly unnecessary due to the crisis at the moment I can remember the sound during the war as will many older people and will bring back harrowing memories No No No Reply k woolley says December 1 2015 at 5 29 pm I think remembrance is important and will endeavour to attend with our Granddaughter the younger generation are our future and hopefully will not repeat our mistakes This event needs to be pre publicised on TV and radio to prevent fear in those who still remember the sirens Reply GARY WOOLLEY says December 3 2015 at 10 12 pm hi there saw your name on this page will be attending where are you from Reply Rick says December 4 2015 at 9 08 am Although I favour remembering such events I am a little uneasy about the siren being sounded As well as some older people finding it unnerving it might cause wider concern amongst the general public In these tense times it might well result in calls to the emergency services A case for reconsidering I suggest Reply Ian Visits says December 4 2015 at 9 53 am I suspect that 99 of people near the siren will wonder what that weird sound is rather than being concerned or scared by it Reply Mark Joseph says December 10 2015 at 2 29 pm Also people seem to have short memories Up until about 1980 the sirens were tested regularly as the flood warning for London I recall they were all sounded at once in 1978 during a full scale London flood test https www youtube com watch v LFrpBY77uiU Ian Visits says December 10 2015 at 3 14 pm Half of London wasn t born when those tests stopped Dean o connor says December 4 2015 at 11 48 pm No I don t like air raid siren the hurt my eras Reply Dean o connor says December 5 2015 at 1 32 am Rembemrence day it a good idear for ir Reply highburyh says December 21 2015 at 9 02 pm I can clearly remember the sirens in the 1970s we had to go to the school roof Reply DerekClark says December 22 2015 at 12 47 pm I think it s a good idea to remember the fire crews who fought the London Blitz Not enough recognition s given to the fire crews for their contribution to saving London Both my uncles were in

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  • Harry Potter exhibition opens in London – 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 An exhibition opens next week that showcases graphic designs from the Harry Potter films created by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima reproduced as limited edition art prints Mira and Eduardo spent ten years working in the art department on the Harry Potter films As graphic designers they created the Marauder s Map the Daily Prophet and every other graphic prop in the film series They re currently in production on the feature film of J K Rowling s Fantastic Beasts The exhibition of wizardry design will be open at the Coningsby Gallery map

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