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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    underground station Rail Engineer A Mace joint venture has been named as TfL s programme support partner for the upgrade of four major underground lines Construction News Crossrail A library at a Crossrail regeneration site with the potential to attract 100 000 visitors a year has been given the go ahead by councillors South London Press Stupidly loud Crossrail electrification works leave Maidenhead residents with a restless night Maidenhead Advertiser Duke of Edinburgh tours Crossrail station The Wharf Mainline Overground London Overground delays Person on Surrey Quays tracks causes rush hour chaos London24 London Paddington railway station will close for four days over Christmas while engineers carry out work ahead of the arrival of Crossrail This is Wiltshire Police appeal after packed London commuter train shot at in Kent Evening Standard The Writer on the Train The Bookseller DLR Docklands Light Railway strike RMT staff in 48 hour walk out BBC News A call for a new pedestrian footbridge at Canary Wharf has been made following scenes of chaos caused by the 48 hour strike on the DLR rail network East London Advertiser Miscellaneous A commuter demanded a woman with a baby on board badge in a priority seat prove she was pregnant Evening Standard That mysterious tube poster was definitely for Coldplay s new album Gigwise and a video in a tube station Gigwise A tanked up senior RMT official has been spotted bullying a female train ticket inspector Order Order Photos from the Post Office railway tunnels IanVisits The UK s new passport includes a bizarrely error strewn tube map City Metric Watch Train Passenger Brushes His Teeth On The Tube Yahoo Black Cabs Underground posters and the Tube map top the list of London s most iconic transport designs CityAM And finally why tunnel boring machines are named after women Mining The image above is from April 2013 Roman remains found by new entrance to Bank Tube Station Facebook 16 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 16 transport news roundup 6 thoughts on Weekly round up of London s railway transport news Sykobee says November 5 2015 at 10 01 pm Work s finally starting on that new Walbrook entrance They only have 1 month to complete it http www londonreconnections com 2012 bank station part 1 the forgotten upgrade Reply Abe says November 6 2015 at 8 04 am Re new UK passport Reading the linked article the Underground map in the passport omits Southwark station I m not sure that this qualifies it as being bizarrely error strewn it s a single omission Reply Nick says November 8 2015 at 6 31 pm There s more than just the non existence of Southwark that s wrong It still shows the old East London Line from Whitechapel to New Cross New Cross Gate rather than the Overground There s something odd going on at Earl s Court Wimbledon Edgware Road bypasses it entirely and there s no interchange with the Piccadilly Line Hammersmith

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/05/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-122/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The “Testing Museum” tests opening on Saturdays – IanVisits
    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 One of London s smaller industrial heritage museums is usually open just one Sunday per month but is about to start opening on Saturdays as well The Kirkaldy Testing Museum is housed in the same impressive building in Southwark that was built by David Kirkaldy one of the pioneers of testing metals for their strength Not an idle scientific curiosity but to ensure that materials were safe for construction And his masterpiece was a gigantic machine which could test an entire girder to see if it met the standards required The museum houses this monster machine and also a range of smaller testing machines It will now be open for tours at 11am and 2pm on Saturday 14th November and Saturday 19th December Queue outside on Southwark Street map link the maximum number on each tour is likely to be around 25 Entry is 5 The museum also says that it is considering evening openings but details are still to be arranged Facebook 63 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 63 Kirkaldy Testing Museum 2 thoughts

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/03/the-testing-museum-tests-opening-on-saturdays/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Photos from the Post Office railway tunnels – IanVisits
    Postal Museum is planned and visitors will be able to also enter this same basement space then take a trip down the slope to the tunnels below for a loop around the local lines At the moment the easier way down is by passenger lift which entailed a walk through the sorting office areas which were eerily quiet at that time of afternoon waiting for the postal rush to start again overnight However a short lift ride down and into a space that would not look unfamiliar to any tube train user with two platforms joined by cross passages and a route map to guide the lost visitor Of course these tunnels are considerably smaller being designed to carry cargo instead of humans Still down here a few locomotives line the platform waiting for the day they might be called upon once more and at one end the batteries were being recharged for the battery powered locomotive used for maintenance tours It s planned that when the public come down here they will travel in small trains very much like the ones used for inspections They also plan to leave the platforms largely untouched instead projecting videos onto the walls to show how the railway ran That might avoid the effect that can make some museums with static mannequins displays look a bit too much like a cheesy madame tussauds exhibit Until the tourist train is ready the current way of getting around is to walk in dark tunnels lit by occasional lamps and torches Which was deliciously atmospheric even if you spend most of your time looking down to avoid tripping over the narrow gauge railway tracks Old metal rings some with stalactites showing why regular maintenance is still needed as the tunnels can leak if not looked after The first of a number of flood protection bulkheads which were never used in an emergency and during testing never closed fully as it turned out they weren t always entirely sure if they would be able to open them again However one of the most bizarre sights down here was a tunnel painted in white with Christmas decorations along the tunnel walls These glowed in the dark and are an unexpected legacy of Hollywood When the Bruce Willis film Hudson Hawk needed a fictitious underground railway under the Vatican they came to the Post Office However arcane rules about funding meant the money earned had to be used for the railway so they used it for Christmas parties The painted tunnel was for trips in the inspection train by children who would see the decorations glowing in the dark in their way to meet Santa That tunnel probably wont be part of the public tours though as the way the tunnels loop around means that the planned route is sadly not going to be viable for that tunnel to be included Maybe Christmas tours will include it though While a trip through the tunnels by a special train will

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/01/photos-from-the-post-office-railway-tunnels/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: High Paddington – IanVisits
    house 8 000 people on 20 acres of land surrounded by 100 acres of open park The intention was to show how its possible to deliver decent high density housing in a city without the urban sprawl that planners were concerned about at the time The podium would have contained several floors of offices and facilities and then above that stood the towers and a public space The three towers would have risen to some 400 feet in the sky and the tops would have sat some 500 feet above sea level described at the time as safety above London s smoky pall for the tops were not penthouses but facilities for the residents of this urban town schools and a church Kadleigh said at the time that his idea is that if we are to keep our open spaces and countryside yet at the same time provide the thousands of new houses wanted today we must build vertically and not horizontally By putting up this building over a goods yard he said that it could accommodate thousands of people from neighboring slum dwellings which could then be pulled down and redesigned properly However his views of urban living in high rise apartments were already starting to fade from fashion The trade magazine Town Planning Review was particularly scathing noting that the development suffered from architectural poverty and had a total disregard of the social and economic conditions prevalent at the time They warned that if built the lowest existing standards of behaviour amongst the tenants would determine the character of the unit as a whole A prescient opinion in light of what happened to many 1960s estates which were often sadly neglected by the councils that owned them and with people unwilling to adapt to the behavioural constraints imposed by high density urban living But the High Paddington was not to be the railway kept using it despite dwindling demand and eventually the land was derelict for much of the 1980s until a series of cancelled redevelopments lead to the current crop of office blocks View image gettyimages com Sources High Paddington a town for 8000 people 1952 The Ottawa Journal Nov 7th 1952 Town Planning Review Volume 23 Issue 4 Planning Perspectives April 2006 The Monthly Record February 1959 The Children s Newspaper November 28th 1953 The Engineer January 9th 1953 Ark 16 The Journal of the Royal College of Art Facebook 52 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Reddit 21 Twitter 0 0 73 paddington 5 thoughts on Unbuilt London High Paddington Teresa Stokes says November 1 2015 at 12 52 pm This is very intersting as I live in Orsett Terrace and have watched the current development from the old Goods Yard growing up before my eyes over the last decade in the 1980s it was the City of Westminster Car Pound Orsett Terrace is just north of the Trinity church on the left of your aerial photo which has now been pulled down and replaced by flats

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/11/01/unbuilt-london-high-paddington/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 Petition calling for step free access at Croxley Station gathers more than 400 signatures Watford Observer Stratford station incident Tube bosses defend keeping station open Evening Standard Tube passengers were stuck in a crowded lift for more than an hour as engineers and firefighters struggled to free commuters Evening Standard Brian Blessed to make tube station announcements IanVisits Race for 350m London Underground civils framework Construction Enquirer Crossrail After being moved to make way for Crossrail scheme Centre Point fountains find a new home West End Extra New photos have been released by Crossrail showing the continued construction progress at Bond Street station IanVisits TfL unveils new consultation on revised Crossrail 2 plans MayorWatch Works are starting at Farringdon station on 31 October and will last for 3 years while the station is redeveloped to provide a direct connection for passengers to the new Crossrail station Thameslink Notice An innovative door sensing system is set to drastically reduce delays and increase safety on the London Underground Railway Technology Mainline Overground The fastest trains from East Anglia to London will not stop at Ipswich when the much vaunted Norwich in 90 service starts next year it has emerged EADT DLR The DLR is expected to be at a complete standstill for 48 hours following a dispute between the rail operator and its staff Wharf Miscellaneous That big rat on Facebook is not from the London Underground BBC Peckham Coal Line gets 11th hour funding boost from Southwark Council taking it closer to crowdfunding target CityAM San Francisco gin bar opens with London Underground themed tiles decoration Hoodline A raccoon photographed riding the Tube

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/10/30/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-121/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Red Arrows might fly over London on Saturday – IanVisits
    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 With a serious dose of caveat emptor there may be a fly past by the Red Arrows over central London on Saturday As part of a general formation flypast they will be over Romford at 3 51pm then over Bracknell at 3 57pm Those of you familiar with geography will realise that to get from one to the other means flying over the bit in the middle London The route is however unknown Update confirmed over Trafalgar Square at 3 53pm That is probably enough time to get around the southern side but they might head right through the centre But keep an eye out just before 4pm on Saturday and you might if lucky see the Red Arrows The official air traffic alert reads FORMATION TRANSIT BY RED ARROWS ACFT ROUTING 531828N 0003303W SCAMPTON 1521 531354N 0002428W E LINCOLN 1523 530911N 0002412E E SKEGNESS 1528 523713N 0005347E SHIPDHAM 1534 522412N 0013043E N HALESWORTH 1538 521015N 0012337E WICKHAM MARKET 1541 514000N 0003000E HANNINGFIELD RESERVOIR 1548 513620N 0001557E M25 J28 1550 513457N 0001034E VCY ROMFORD 1551 512353N 0004516W VCY BRACKNELL 1557 512340N 0004937W WOKINGHAM 1558 514556N 0010227W W THAME 1602 521916N 0005325W BRIXWORTH 1608 530652N 0004810W N NEWARK 1616 531828N 0003303W SCAMPTON 1618 FORMATION PLANS TO TRANSIT AT 500 2000FT AGL TIMINGS HGT AND ROUTE ARE APRX AND MAY CHANGE DUE TO WX OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS 15 10 0434 AS 2 LOWER Surface UPPER 3 000 Feet AMSL FROM 31 Oct 2015 15 11 GMT TO 31

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/10/29/red-arrows-might-fly-over-london-on-saturday/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Brian Blessed to make tube station announcements – IanVisits
    a single day to support the whole Armed Forces community In addition two Circle line Tube trains have been wrapped in the poppy livery as well as nine London buses All London Underground London Overground and DLR trains will also have poppies on the front and back of every train King s Cross Canary Wharf Tottenham Court Road Liverpool Street Westminster and Waterloo Tube stations will also be dressed in the poppy design in support of the appeal Poplar station on the DLR will also be partially branded in the famous poppies Military bands will play at selected locations On London Poppy Day there will be around 2 500 uniformed personnel veterans and volunteers collecting at around 50 Tube and main line stations This year also marks the 92nd year of the London Transport Old Comrades Association who will continue the tradition of marching alongside the Armed Forces and laying a wreath at the Cenotaph in the Annual Remembrance Sunday parade on 8 November London s bus staff were given the right to march by King George V who granted this honour to the staff of the London General Omnibus Company in 1920 in recognition of the services rendered by the men who drove buses to the front line in France and Belgium from 1914 1918 The celebrities whose voices will be heard across the transport network in support of The Royal British Legion s campaign are Brian Blessed Hyde Park Corner Green Park Vauxhall Embankment Blackfriars Angel Kilburn Rayners Lane Marcus Bentley Voice of Big Brother Euston Aldgate Moorgate Danny Dyer Charing Cross Shepherds Bush Piccadilly Circus Stratford West Ham Canning Town Waterloo Tramlink Jo Brand Brixton Borough Paddington Old Street Canning Town Stratford Peter Dickson Oxford Circus Ealing Broadway Stockwell Temple Stephen Fry London Bridge Canary Wharf Leytonstone

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/10/28/brian-blessed-to-make-tube-station-announcements/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Japanese Manga at the British Museum – IanVisits
    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 display of the work by three of Japan s leading contemporary manga artists is currently running at the British Museum The graphic art form of manga developed in the early 20th century and is based on traditional Japanese artistic and literary genres Since then Manga has grown to be a vital part of global popular culture but this exported form does not always convey the range and content of Japanese manga Certainly if you are looking for tentacles and rape then this family friendly display is not for you This display features newly commissioned and recent pieces by Chiba Tetsuya Hoshino Yukinobu and Nakamura Hikaru The main image in this display is an original colour drawing of a golfer on a green by prominent and influential manga artist Chiba Tetsuya He is a specialist of sports manga that relate a young person s struggle for recognition through dedication to sport The second generation of contemporary manga is represented by Hoshino Yukinobu with a portrait of his new character Rainman One of Japan s best known science fiction manga artists Hoshino Yukinobu s Professor Munakata s British Museum Adventure featured in a Room 3 display in 2011 Nakamura Hikaru represents the most recent generation of manga artists

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/10/25/japanese-manga-at-the-british-museum/ (2016-02-16)
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