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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    Magazine Mainline Overground A train company is advertising for a customer services apprentice to work for less than 3 80 per hour about a third of the London living wage Evening Standard Network Rail have pocketed 4 4m over 12 months from passengers using toilets at Britain s 13 biggest train stations Get Surrey Camden theatre warns plays could be ruined by vacuuming should HS2 homes plan go ahead Ham High DLR The Pensions Regulator has published details of the how trustees of the DLR scheme took their case to the courts to secure a 37m recovery plan Professional Pensions Miscellaneous Defibrillator saved my life at London Bridge station South London Press Weird workplaces Working on a refurbished Tube train BBC News Which Animals Can You Take On The Tube Londonist Escalators do you stand still or walk IOL Catch a steam train from London to Paris IanVisits Sadiq Khan Slash 650 000 salary of next Transport for London chief Evening Standard Hundreds help solve autistic son s Tube question on Facebook TheWeek And finally probably the strangest railway junction you will ever see RailExpress The image above is from Sept 2014 Photos from the roof of Victoria Station Facebook 6 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 5 5 13 transport news roundup 8 thoughts on Weekly round up of London s railway transport news Wayne says September 4 2015 at 8 10 am Hi Ian Dud link on that railway junction one It should be http www railexpress com au is this australias weirdest railroad crossing Wayne Reply Ian Visits says September 4 2015 at 8 12 am Thanks fixed Reply Sykobee says September 4 2015 at 8 30 am South Eastern should be ashamed of their Apprentice in Customer Services idea That doesn t meet my definition of a job that needs a year long apprenticeship Apprenticeships are there to attain skills carpentry plumbing other industrial work and so on that take a long time to learn These skills are transferable and non specific to the role Customer Services is something that is trainable in a short time and often requires role specific knowledge Knowledge of South Eastern timetables is not a transferable skill Some might argue it s not even very useful when you work for South Eastern themselves Reply Mr Graverol says September 4 2015 at 4 24 pm 36 trains per hour in the peaks on the Victoria Line Why can we not have this on the Piccadilly Line Reply Ian Visits says September 4 2015 at 6 15 pm It will happen the intention to carry out an upgrade of the Picadilly line and order new trains has already been announced Reply Mr Graverol says September 4 2015 at 8 26 pm Yes I know that there are plans for an overhaul of the Piccadilly Line with new rolling stock and signalling However I also know that this scheme has been delayed and that we won t see the new trains until the

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/09/04/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-113/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Straw bales hanging from London bridges – 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 The straw bales are back hanging from the wobbly bridge later this month Early this year a bale of straw was hung from the Millennium Footbridge as required under ancient laws governing the river and will once again dangle from under the bridge during maintenance works It s an ancient bylaw of uncertain heritage that if a bridge arch is open to river traffic but has the headroom restricted then a bale of straw should be hung from the bridge as a warning Contractors working on behalf of the City of London will

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  • Catch a steam train from London to Paris – IanVisits
    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 If you look out for it on Friday 9th October a steam train will leave London Victoria station and its passengers will arrive in the evening in Paris It s a one off restoration of the old Golden Arrow service which ran between the two capital cities from 1929 to 1972 The service was a combination of three separate offerings and came about from the French running a steam train service in 1926 from Paris to Calais with a ticket on a ferry to England With a typical English delay it took three years before a rail link was added on this side of the water and from then on it was possible to catch trains to Paris from Victoria Station The trains left London at 10 30am and would arrive in Paris at 5 30pm Incidentally the English leg of the trip used Lord Nelson class locomotives and occasionally called at Waterloo Station It s almost as if our side set out to offend In 1961 the service switched from steam to electrics and declining traffic saw it closed in September 1972 A revival took place in May 1994 as part of the celebrations to mark the opening of the Channel Tunnel and this October another attempt is being made The Railway Touring Company has managed to patch together the necessary permits and line up services so that a steam train will leave London Victoria once more although at the less genteel hour of 7am and arrives by steam in Paris later that evening

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/31/catch-a-steam-train-from-london-to-paris/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Sponsored Blog Posts – IanVisits
    Reconnections London Street Views Londonist Reddit Spitalfields Life The Ladies who Bus Wanstead Meteo West Hampstead Life Parish Notice I do NOT accept guest blog posts For the record this blog is called IanVisits Not Ian Steve and Sarah Visits nor although it d be quite amusing if it were possible Ian Ian Ian Visits The reason I am stating this is because of the constant dripping tap that is crappy companies trying to get me to post their latest bit of junk on here just so they can get a few backlinks to their website to persuade Google they are a lovely popular company But there is also a crossover when people are paid to write about a topic and get paid for what appears to be a normal blog post but is actually a hidden version of a paid for advert This was I thought a moderately rate occurrence It happens but usually hidden from sight as the likes of Google and various advertising regulators deeply frown upon it So an email arrived Just a junk press release plugging some daft cinema app of which no one who had read this blog would have sent me THIS IS NOT A REQUEST FOR A SPONSORED BLOGPOST We are spreading the word if you would like to share it that is your decision you will not be compensated should you choose to share should you choose to all you ll receive is this thank you Over half the word count in the introduction email was a warning that they don t pay for press coverage I actually found that to be profoundly depressing Has blogging descended to such a point now that companies have to warn bloggers that there s no cash on the table for posting their press release

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/31/sponsored-blog-posts/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Camberwell bus garage open to the public this weekend – IanVisits
    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 On Saturday 5 September Camberwell Bus Garage will open its doors to members of the public in the next of a series of bus garage open days Although built in 1914 Camberwell garage was not used as a bus garage until 1919 as it had been requisitioned for the war effort Once it came into use it was one of London s largest garages and also carried out body overhauls in 1940 41 During the early 1950s the garage underwent modernisation with the welfare and operational block reconstructed and the parking area extended The new building also incorporated a new pit and workshop layout in a separate self contained block which also undertook heavy maintenance for the adjacent Walworth garage 350 buses in all The allocation at Camberwell decreased slightly over the years from 165 in 1952 until the closure of Walworth garage in 1985 increased the allocation to 142 Camberwell was also the home of three Leyland Titans fitted with electronic blinds which were used on night bus standby duties Static bus display from vintage buses to a New Routemaster Learn about how different buses from hybrids to flywheels operate Take a trip on a vintage bus Take a ride through the bus wash Visit an array of stalls and stands selling bus memorabilia Open 11am 5pm entry is Free Address Camberwell Bus Garage Warner Road SE5 9LU Photo by Ewan Munro via Flickr As with previous bus garage open days all proceeds generated from the event will be donated to charity Proceeds from this open day will go to Trinity Hospice who have provided free care for dying people

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  • Book tickets to visit Crossrail building sites – IanVisits
    This year the following Crossrail sites are taking part Liverpool Street Construction Sites Crossrail Liverpool Street Site 1 14 Liverpool Street EC2M 7NH Crossrail s Liverpool Street station marks the deepest point on the Crossrail route with infrastructure 50m beneath the City of London The station will link both Liverpool Street and Moorgate stations increasing capacity improving accessibility and upgrading existing interchanges Farringdon Construction Sites Site Office Farringdon Road EC1M 3HN Sitting right at the heart of the London transport network Farringdon Station is fundamental to Crossrail meeting its aspiration of delivering a world class railway that meets the ever growing transport needs of London When complete it is planned that over 140 trains per hour Thameslink Crossrail and London Underground will flow through the Farringdon interchange Tottenham Court Road Station Upgrade Tottenham Court Road Station W1D 1AN Crossrail is working alongside TfL on a 1bn transformation of Tottenham Court Road Station the biggest transport investment in the West End for decades Crossrail works include the construction of a secondary ticket hall in Dean Street and the first new West End theatre in over a decade at the former Astoria Pudding Mill Lane Cooks Road E15 2PE Pudding Mill Lane is the eastern entry point for the new Crossrail tunnels under central London This key part of the Crossrail project facilitated the construction of the new Pudding Mill Lane DLR station the largest and most modern station on the DLR network Mile End Shaft Burdett Road E3 4HL Crossrail s Mile End Shaft is 30m deep Once complete the shaft will house emergency stairs lifts and ventilation from the tunnels to street level for the new Crossrail route runing from Reading and Heathrow in the West to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East Custom House Station Custom House Station

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/31/book-tickets-to-visit-crossrail-building-sites/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: The Iron Bridge – IanVisits
    at it already having built a number of smaller road bridges from iron However a commission to replace London Bridge was too tempting and he proposed something staggering Staggering then and probably not much less if it were shown off today This was a single span bridge with an arch no less than 600 feet wide and a full 65 feet of clearance above the Thames By comparison the current London Bridge has a clearance of just 29 feet The height of the bridge comes from the confusion about how to deal with cargo ships which were currently blocked from getting further upstream than the old London Bridge In 1800 the government was considering either an option to construct a number of docks in what was unsurprisingly later to be known as docklands or replace London Bridge with something that could permit ships of up to 200 tons to pass under it There would then be docks and wharfs built between the new London Bridge and Blackfriars Telford says in letters that he twice presented his proposals to the government s Select Committee on the Port of London proposals which he said would render the port of London as perfect as possible His plan was eventually published in late 1801 and by April 1802 he was claiming to have support from several members of the Royal Family The bridge itself was fairly well thought out with seven wide ribs leaping across the river and cross braced for support The design allowed for any single segment to be removed and replaced when necessary without closing the bridge to traffic Above the bridge the roadway would have been 45 feet wide in the center although the splayed out widthwise to 90 feet on either side of the river Despite regal support and some admiring comments the general reaction was of incredulity that such a structure could even be suggested let alone built A committee took to studying the plans and after some time concluded that while safe from an engineering perspective it was just too bold an experiment and dismissed the plan The problems of shallow bridge spans was to emerge again 30 years later when a much smaller bridge of brick but with a similar profile was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and he faced similar levels of distrust about the ability for such a shallow span to support itself But back to the iron bridge the main reason it wasn t built was the difficulty of building such wide approaches on either side of the river and the high costs of demolishing so many buildings A rather boring London Bridge was built from iron and stone but the great iron bridge which would have rivaled Tower Bridge for fame remained just a drawing on paper and a collection of letters And the London Bridge that was built Turned out not to be such a good idea and was replaced in the 1970s It ended up in the USA as a

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/30/unbuilt-london-the-iron-bridge/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The bit of Crossrail that is 3-times deeper than a tube train – IanVisits
    for the railway should it ever get permission to be built If you are running a tunnel boring machine that is designed to work in clay and it hits a large and unexpected load of water logged sand it can take ages to sort out the mess So engineers drilled down from the surface up to 70 metres down to take soil samples for inspection When you ve got long tubes of soil out of the ground running to some 10 km in length you need somewhere to store them and thus we come back to Cheshire A salt mine that is about four times larger than the City of London sits around 150 meters underground and a very small portion of it a mere 700 football pitches worth is used to store precious documents And Crossrail soil cores Although it s three times deeper than the deepest tube train it is by salt mining standards fairly shallow and at 150 metres below ground it has a near constant temperature and humidity Oh and it s very secure In fact slightly more secure than expected as the usual human lift was out of order on the morning of a visit by a few invited people so we took a much rougher ride down in a shaft usually used for carrying equipment Getting around a site this vast calls for road vehicles and a tour mini bus to drive through unlit corridors carved out of the rock salt The layout is like an American city with roads laid out in a grid pattern and mighty pillars of salt holding the roof up A subtle part of the security of the place is that each road looks the same as the next and apart from worksites the whole mine is in total darkness You wouldn t want to get lost down here Although the mine is still active and still happily chewing out rock salt just under 20 years ago they started sealing off some of the side corridors and turning them into secure document storage centres Some of the National Archives are here and some of London Underground s own historic archives are stored here alongside museums commercial companies and even some artwork Crossrail has a slightly different set up having rented an entire room for itself and half filled it with pallet loads of small wooden boxes each containing precious cores And at roughly 100 per metre there is significant commercial cost embedded in these cores although the intellectual value they offer is far greater The foresight in taking not just core samples but far more than is usually required has paid off in the sheer lack of news about problems on the Crossrail project It s an insurance policy looks expensive unlikely to be needed but when it is you re usually pleased you took it out The same with Crossrail the cost was not insignificant but had something gone wrong with the tunneling the cost in cash and

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/28/the-bit-of-crossrail-that-goes-3-times-deeper-than-a-tube-train/ (2016-02-16)
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