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  • The Shard testing a lighting display this weekend – IanVisits
    in London tomorrow Things 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 Looks like The Shard is up to something as they will be testing some lighting effects over the weekend in the early hours A warning to aircraft in the area reads EGLC H4336 15 LIGHTING EFFECTS TESTING WI 1NM RADIUS 513015N 0000511W THE SHARD LONDON ON SITE CTC 07826 525717 15 08 0716 AS2 SFC UNL 2300 0400 28 AUG 23 00 2015 UNTIL 31 AUG 04 00 2015 CREATED

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/27/the-shard-testing-a-lighting-display-this-weekend/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 weekly round up of London s rail transport news London Underground London Underground delays plans for 24 hour service after failing to reach deal with unions Associated Press Photos rebuilding a Victoria Line crossover junction IanVisits 3D printing helps London Underground s Victoria Station refurbishment 3ders Fears over night tube noise prompts West Hampstead rail repairs Ham High Crossrail Improved bus services for Hayes to prepare for Crossrail GetWestLondon Paramount resort chairman Steven Norris calls for Crossrail to be linked to Ebbsfleet garden city Kent Online Crossrail has shortlisted four contractors for a 30m job to build a permanent train sidings depot at Plumstead in south east London Construction Enquirer Mainline Overground It s not just the TfL Tube strike First Great Western 24 hour rail strike begins CityAM DLR Light Rail Reading Why the DLR timetable is changing London Reconnections Miscellaneous The tube strike was losing public support Opinium London Underground staff cycle length of District Line to raise funds for brain tumour research in tribute to terminally ill colleague Yellow Ad Children in London face a north south transport divide a politician says BBC News Converting old tube trains for use

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/27/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-112/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Photos – rebuilding a Victoria Line crossover junction – IanVisits
    to its speed limits The rest of the line aims to reach 36 trains per hour one of the most intense rail services in Europe but can t with that old railway junction snarling things up at the end of the line Unfortunately replacing the junction wasn t just a case of removing bits and replacing them over weekend closures but required a complete gutting of the railway track and the concrete bed it sat on This is because the new junction is a totally different design It s longer by around 6 meters in length which could only just about be squeezed into the tunnel A longer crossover means that the curve from one side to the other is more gradual and that means trains can pass over it at faster speeds The older junction was also made from wooden sleepers cast in concrete which was a maintenance nightmare while a small hump in the centre of the junction further slowed trains passing over it To rip up an entire section of track and the concrete bed pour new concrete and lay new tracks is not a weekend job and that is why as you are bound to have noticed the Victoria line is closed beyond Seven Sisters at the moment Long before the works started a new yellow gantry crane structure was installed into the crossover tunnel to help with the removal works and to assist with future works it is remaining in place as a new permanent addition to the tunnel Since the closure of the line it has taken a couple of weeks and around 100 staff working in the tunnels to remove the old tracks and break out the old concrete bed and over the past weekend the new concrete bed was poured In itself a significant effort took place to coordinate the arrival of 35 delivery lorries in one day to permit a continuous pour lasting nearly 20 hours Just getting the trucks in time required support from police at times to keep junctions clear and at Walthamstow Central it was poured down the ventilation shaft and along a 500 metre pipe to the junction site Two days of waiting and the concrete is strong enough to work on and there has been a logistical challenge to then bring down replacement rail junctions and equipment to rebuild the junction again Some new innovations include the switching gear which thanks to the longer junction needs two additional support arms to push the tracks into place and three more sensors to check that such a shift has taken place correctly They are also using a hybrid aluminum steel design for the power supply track as it reduces electrical resistance and the associated loss of electricity as heat Also thus lower costs due to less electrical losses At the moment the works are on schedule and being controlled from a room next to the station platforms where usefully they were able to plug into the station s

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/25/photos-rebuilding-a-victoria-line-crossover-junction/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Roman Skulls go on display in the Museum of London – IanVisits
    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 Roman London s amphitheater was a place where men and women crossed its threshold to embrace death or duty But who were these people A small display in the entrance to the Museum of London has put the remains of five of these people on display Four skulls and a jaw bone with the marks of dog teeth on the rear are the remains of 34 men known to have died in London s amphitheater between AD120 and AD160 That actually translates into just one death per year as the Hollywood image of many deaths of gladiators in the ring is grossly exaggerated One the rare occasions that gladiators fought in London its thought that as many as 7 000 people would have come to watch the spectacle The five men whose remains are now on display had their heads cut off and put in a shallow pit on the edge of the City possibly signifying a low outside rank It was there that a dog chewed on the jaw of one of the unfortunate ex gladiators The display also includes a stone

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/23/roman-skulls-go-on-display-in-the-museum-of-london/ (2016-02-16)
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  • The Victorian swimming baths floating in the Thames – IanVisits
    plans are occasionally talked about for a floating swimming baths in the Thames today its maybe an idea to look back to when such a thing existed In around the early 1870s a floating bath was erected next to Charing Cross According to Old and New London the baths would contain many thousand gallons of filtered water drawn from the Thames Experiments were made which according to the book established beyond all doubt that the Thames water can be easily and effectually filtered When filtered it is found to contain a very large proportion of sea water in fact we have heard it said that at high tide it is almost entirely sea water clear and green as at Ramsgate or Margate But this statement we are inclined to question And question it should have been considering that even today you probably wouldn t want to swim in the Thames You can see the baths in the bottom corner of this drawing slightly better quality one here The baths themselves were essentially a ship constructed in 1874 by the Thames Iron and Shipbuilding Company based at Canning Town According to the Illustrated London News of May 1874 it was 180 feet long and some 31 feet wide with the bath inside being 135 feet long and 25 feet wide Just over a year later it opened to the public without any of the pomp and ceremony so common to ventures of the time and was said to to be the first of a series of such baths to be moored along the river bank of the Thames Admittance to the baths was priced at one shilling The filtration system which reportedly caused some difficulties to perfect was a series of small tanks where water would sit still for a while

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/23/the-victorian-swimming-baths-floating-in-the-thames/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Unbuilt London: Stepney’s Massive Clock Tower – IanVisits
    Houses of Parliament in TV shows Stepney s wasn t quite on that scale but still an impressive slab of municipal power However it was something else that the politicians planned that would have transformed the skyline What was planned was a mighty War Memorial Campanile bell tower which would have stood just to the south of Albert Square today Albert Gardens about half way between Shadwell and Limehouse stations on the DLR Based on the architects drawing it would have been the principle landmark across much of the East End of London Based on the drawing below I estimate it to be about the same height as Big Ben Elizabeth Tower The tower was itself just part of a series of rebuilding works the most dramatic of which called for the railway running between Limehouse and Fenchurch street to be buried underground and a 110 feet wide road built on top The new road was to be called the Stepney Greeting and would have seen huge numbers of workers housing and workshops demolished to further the goal of shifting more cars more rapidly Meanwhile Fenchurch Street station would have been replaced with a terminus with a direct link to the London Underground So actually that bit wasn t a bad idea And Albert Square would be rather more famous for its tower than for a soap opera Sources The Building News and Engineering Journal June 1915 Jan Feb 1919 Facebook 0 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 8 Twitter 0 0 10 stepney 3 thoughts on Unbuilt London Stepney s Massive Clock Tower LadyBracknell says August 24 2015 at 2 36 pm This would have been a grand scheme indeed Albert Gardens today looks quite select so I imagine this re working would have greatly enhanced the area Reply David

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/23/unbuilt-london-stepneys-massive-clock-tower/ (2016-02-16)
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  • A couple of ripe, ornamental pineapples – IanVisits
    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 There is a work of art that is as baffling as it is pointless sitting on street behind an office block near Euston In line with modern thinking new blocks of offices are adorned with art to drown out the monotonous aesthetic of the glass and steel edifices Sometimes it works fairly well such as at Canary Wharf And sometimes Well oh dear I saw the yellow gates while on a casual amble around and pondered are they a historic relic something preserved for historic reasons and now incongruously still standing sentinel as gates within long since vanished walls Or are they art Normally either situation would be enlighten by the presence of a small metal plaque nearby to educate the curious but in this case education came from downloading a PDF document off their website when I got home According to the blurb it s an award winning piece by Siôn Parkinson who imaginatively combines different styles of wrought ironwork seen on domestic railings and gates in London to signify the city and instead of including the pineapples that so often are seen within these designs the metal is actually painted the vivid yellow colour of ripe pineapples with a translucent paint So basically it s a gate it s been painted yellow and now its art I look forward to every garden

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/22/a-couple-of-ripe-ornamental-pineapples/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    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 It s unacceptable disabled fume at Oakwood station access problems Enfield Independent Crossrail Crossrail Receives 465 Metre Long Concreting Train CILT Race starts for 110m Crossrail 2 consultants deal Construction Enquirer London tunnel creates jobs in West Midlands BBC News How to Break Apart London s 1 000 Ton Tunneling Machine Wired Images See the first homes completed above a Crossrail station Wharf Crossrail cuts dole queue with London s biggest jobs scheme since 2009 East London Advertiser Mainline Overground A train company has strongly denied claims it increased fares to take advantage of veterans travelling to events in London marking VJ Day BBC News Rail fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the past five years new analysis suggests BBC News Overcrowding on the popular Brighton Eastbourne Hastings Ashford fast service could be improved by using recycled London Underground trains Hastings Observer HS2 staff quizzed over plans to move Heathrow Express depot to Langley Slough Express DLR The people who use Cutty Sark DLR station have become the stars of a photo exhibition documenting the life of the city South London Press Changes to the DLR timetable Diamond Geezer Miscellaneous Wife of man described as light of Radlett station continues his legacy Local Times Tube worker dupes Welsh Assembly into paying her their 104 000 cleaning bill Telegraph

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/08/21/weekly-round-up-of-londons-railway-transport-news-111/ (2016-02-16)
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