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  • Look out for a Blue Moon on Friday – IanVisits
    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 This Friday 31st July marks the first Blue Moon to be seen over London well the entire planet actually since 2012 A full moon occurs roughly every 29 5 days and a Blue Moon is when two full moons occur in the same month Sadly the moon doesn t honour terrestrial human calendars by putting on a show it simply carries on as normal No blue from the blue moon But if you are out and about on Friday night and see the moon point out how special it is to your romantic companion There wont be another one until January 2018 Then again watch out for werewolves Facebook 39 Google 2 Linkedin 0 Reddit 0 Twitter 0 0 41 2 thoughts on Look out for a Blue Moon on Friday Andrew says July 29 2015 at 8 28 pm Once in a blue moon slightly more often than once every three years and then two come along at once A bit like Olympic Games used to be only more common Not as rare as transits of Venus say Reply E

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  • Unbuilt London: Heathrow Airport’s High-Speed Monorail – IanVisits
    to Heathrow Airport It was claimed that the practicability of this route from an engineering point of view has been recognized by the chief civil engineer of British Railways Southern Region Which was just as well as it was their railways above which the monorail would be passing The trains were not expected to stop enroute those stations were simply the route it passed over The use of the elevated railway and the avoidance of buying land meant that the railway s urban section was projected to cost just a tenth of the cost of building a conventional service The whole project was estimated to have cost around 8 million at the time What makes the plan even more remarkable though is that this wasn t a conventional railway mono or otherwise but a hybrid road vehicle and railway The little wheels you can see poking out of the bottom of the train in the picture below aren t for the railway but because the train can leave the railway and those wheels are for use on roads The trains would have been diesel based and capable of reaching 100mph with predicted speeds of as much as 250mph being built into the route design What was holding the speed back to a mere 100mph though was the method of running over the railway rubber tyres Rather than running on metal wheels they would run like cars on tyres which would clamp around the railway track Each carriage would have been able to carry around 50 passengers but the real innovation was how the carriages would handle cargo To reduce time wasted at the airport the carriages would be able to leave the railway and then on their own road tyres drive around the airport just as if they were normal cargo lorries In 1958 Sir Alfred Bossom the Chairman of the proposed monorail said that if approval was granted that year then the service could open to passengers in 1961 Following demonstrations using radio controlled models which appeared to work well the scheme was passed to the government but it was eventually it was killed off probably because of its use of unorthodox transport methods Although a pity it wasn t built the reality is that had it been it would have probably been shut down as the costs of running a unique design railway often soar to unaffordable levels as the years pass and maintenance costs rise It s highly unlikely that the line would be running today as the arrival of the London Underground in 1977 would have rendered its costly service uneconomic But for a while we could have had hovercraft Concorde and a weird high speed railway Britain was quite a curious place And in some regards Heathrow still is experimenting with driverless pods Sources More Unusual Railways by Day John Robert Illustrated London News May 3rd 1958 FlightGlobal February 1958 The Age January 24th 1958 Facebook 95 Google 3 Linkedin 8 Reddit 22 Twitter 64

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  • Thousands of buildings to Open to the Public in September – IanVisits
    now a small informal outdoor museum with interpretation panels and part of the Wheathampstead Heritage Trails Green Park Wind Turbine Tour Sat Sun 11am 1pm The Green Park wind turbine has become an iconic structure across the South east and is now very widely recognised but how much do you know about the structure what it is what it does how well it performs etc This event will provide you with all of the information in relation to this huge structure Horlicks Factory Fri Tour 10 30am 1 30pm The Horlicks Factory is one of Slough s most iconic historic buildings which was completed in 1908 for James Horlick Tours of the small museum archives and the Art Deco Board room completed in 1927 There will also be a chance to visit Horlicks s own railway station and platform which led onto the Great Western Railway The Wish Tower Sat Sun Tours 11am 12 30pm 2pm 3 30pm The Wish Tower is a Napoleonic Martello tower that is occasionally open to the public by local volunteers All visitors must wear suitable footwear and will be taken to all three floors from the basement with its powder room right up to the roof White Rock Baths Tour Sat 11am This will be an organised tour to visit the subterranean White Rock Baths Originally built in Victorian times but then altered and modernised in the 1930s 1970s The whole building was finally closed in 1999 and has remained unused since then Lovelace Mausoleum Sat Sun 10am 4pm Grade II listed building built by the 1st Earl of Lovelace at the end of the 19th century in the unique Lovelace architectural style that dominates East Horsley a combination of flint with moulded red white and black terracotta brickwork WW2 Air Raid Precaution Bunker Thur Fri Tours 11am 2pm Rare opportunity to investigate inside the only surviving WW2 Air Raid Precaution Bunker and Civil Defence Centre in Hampshire Investigate the Headquarters of wardens fire brigade and ambulance crews fire who all worked on the streets of Gosport during German bombing raids Dorking Caves Sat Tours 11am Noon 2pm 3pm Part of Dorking s extensive system of cellars and caves cut into the soft Greensand dating back to at least the 17th century Entrance is via a discreet doorway at street level into extensive galleries used until recently as wine cellars From the wine cellars a series of steep staircases lead down deep under Butter Hill to a cave of uncertain age and purpose Romsey Signal Box Sat Sun 12pm 5pm Historic signal box c 1865 working museum with levers and bells open to the public Visitors are invited to pull levers and be involved in operating the signal box Attractive site with outdoor section of railway track signals and other railway items Canterbury Cathedral The Great South Window a high level highlights tour Thur 10am A unique opportunity to see conservation in action The visit includes a trip up the scaffolding to see work

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  • Museums at night makes second pass at 2015 – 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 The once a year late night event where loads of museums open late at the same time is to take place twice this year with a second round in October On Halloween So far the following smaller museums have confirmed their plans for the night 30th October Museum of the Order of St John 30 per team A traditional pub quiz in the Museum s historic rooms The Jerusalem Tavern will be selling a range of beverages and bar snacks The Hunterian Museum free Commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of Victorian Microscopist Professor John Quekett and 150 years since the founding of the club that bears his name this event will celebrate the wonders of the microscopic world through talks demonstrations and art workshops Handel House Museum 12 prebook Cathy Bell mezzo soprano will deliver a lecture recital that explores light in the 18th century Going to the opera a night time activity involved candles to not only light the stage but also the journey to and from the opera house Benjamin Franklin House 5 In 1997 a chance discovery during conservation sparked an investigation at Benjamin Franklin House how did human skeletal remains of up to 10 individuals come to be buried under the basement floor Dr Johnson s House 4 50 An autumnal eve enjoying a glass of wine and exploring their latest exhibition Shakespeare in the 18th Century Johnson Garrick and Friends Bank of England Museum free There will be ad hoc gallery talks

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  • Weekly round-up of London’s railway transport news – IanVisits
    news London Underground Tourist fighting for her life after being hit by tube train while looking at mice Telegraph Relieved commuters celebrated the reopening of a third escalator at Brixton Tube station after months of works caused a major bottleneck Evening Standard Croydon Council preparing ambitious bid for Bakerloo Tube line extension Croydon Guardian TfL say no to re zoning of Wanstead and Snaresbrook tube stations Iford Recorder Crossrail Mayor announces creation of Crossrail 2 Growth Commission as top business leaders urge Government to back new rail link Press release Crossrail 2 extension to Guildford and Woking explored by county council Get Surrey Photos from the Crossrail tunnels under Farringdon IanVisits A Hayes factory is working round the clock in order to help construct phase two of the Crossrail project by the end of this year Get West London Mainline Overground The first of Eurostar s remodelled and redesigned trainsets is expected to return passenger service in the coming weeks Railway Gazette Solutions discussed over quality of London Overground services in Watford Watford Observer Rail passengers can now claim cash for delayed trains under new compensation arrangements Evening Standard How much does it cost to travel by train from St Pancras to Stratford It s complicated finds Diamond Geezer Bombardier has released the first image of the new Aventra train it is building for London Overground Global Rail News Miscellaneous How London s transport crunch forged a contactless revolution Telegraph Bus and Tube workers could unite for strikes Socialist Worker Kellogg s has planted people carrying a fridge in a suitcase on the London tube The Drum Old Tube trains will NOT be used on Huddersfield line between Manchester and Leeds Government confirms Examiner Two friends were unsuccessful at their attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the London

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  • Photos from the Crossrail tunnels under Farringdon – IanVisits
    the reason for the fault lines which cross the area London has other faults notably the Wimbledon Woolwich line but the cluster of small faults and different soil layers at Farringdon just happened to be right in the middle of Crossrail s route Because of the complexity of the soil a lot of preparation work was needed to make the ground stable enough for a tunnel boring machine to avoid getting stuck It helped that Crossrail had paid a full 10 million for each TBM preferring to pay a premium and avoid more costly problems that might have occurred While the soil is not uniform another key problem is the presence of sand lenses throughout the site caused by the old geological faults These filled with loose sand had to be filled with what was basically a form of super glue to help stabilise the soil Via British Geological Survey Two of the TBMs were then able to pass through the site and stop just short of the eastern end where a large hand dug cavern was cut out to await the arrival of the TBMs from the other side of London So the tunnels boring machines headed into the centre from east and west and met at Farringdon Above ground two building sites have been taken over one by the current Farringdon station where the main interchange will be built for the Thameslink and Underground lines while a second ticket hall is being built at the other end of the platforms close to Barbican In fact the enforced location of the eastern ticket hall next to Smithfield meat market means that this is also the longest station on the Crossrail network at some 350 metres compared to the 250 metres average elsewhere The eastern ticket hall has been dug down as a box into which plant and ventilation equipment will later be installed with an office block on top To get down to the trains two escalators are needed one within the station box then another set to get down to the platforms using the slopes to absorb some of the long length of the platforms Down here all is bare concrete sprayed onto soil and waiting for its main concrete skin to be applied A ventilation tunnel leading down to the platforms Before that happens a large red waterproof membrane is being applied to the walls here a cross passage between the train tunnels The tunnels for the station were drilled out earlier and subsequently widened to the width needed for the station platforms At the moment two more TBMs which came in from the east are sitting in caverns dug for them next to the station and being dismantled This is what remains of Elizabeth with the cutting head removed already and most of of the machine behind dismantled and removed via a shaft in Stepney What you can see is the main bearing which is to be removed and sent back to the manufacturers in Germany

    Original URL path: http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2015/07/22/photos-from-the-crossrail-tunnels-under-farringdon/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Watch science fiction on a floating cinema – IanVisits
    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 Later this summer a floating cinema will drift along the canals and put on a series of science fiction themed film events O n board talks cost between 5 12 while open air screenings are free Most need booking in advance The full list of events is here The Floating Cinema Kings Cross Photographer Hydar Dewachi My personal pick Venue Three Mills Us and Them 5 On board talk exploring how cinema from 1950 s to the present day has shaped our idea of alien imagery The Day the Earth Stood Still Free The original version which is orders of magnitude better than the remake Workshop Free As the sun goes down Paul Hill will lead a star spotting workshop picking out the galaxies and planets high above our London skyline Venue Lea Rowing Club Talk Free Using clips and images from well known Sci Fi classics Dr Marc Sarzi and Dr Lewis Dartnell will document the history of cinema s influence on our beliefs ideas and the shaping of technology Venue The canalside steps behind King s Cross station Silent Running Free Once seen always remembered

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  • Women Working on the Railways During WW1 – IanVisits
    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 role played by women working on the railways during World War I will be told in an exhibition at railway stations this summer The railway was vital to the war effort transporting troops horses military equipment and medical supplies to ports around the country Women were crucial to this keeping the railway running by filling the skills shortage that emerged when 100 000 railway workers left to fight in the war Before the war roughly 13 000 women worked on the railway mainly in domestic positions where they cleaned washed etc By the end of the war this number had increased fivefold to some 70 000 women In general during the war over 1 6 million women worked in traditionally male jobs with over 100 000 of them working in different forms of transport especially as engineers Photo from the National Railway Museum The exhibition will be displayed at Charing Cross station between 22 July and 10 August It will then move to King s Cross station where it can be seen until 31 August The exhibition is expected to contain photos soldiers letters and unique memorabilia commemorating The 100 000 railway workers who fought in the war and the 20 000 who gave their lives Women s role for

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