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Can't update Oyster card with cash any...
I took the tube for the first time in months yesterday and it seems you can no longer update your oyster card with cash. I asked one of the staff about this apparently "temporary" measure and he said he doubts the facility will ever come back and I tend to believe him. So thats another avenue of anonymity out the window. How long before Oyster cards themselves are consigned to history and we...
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West Silvertown
The current Modern Railways has a free London railway map in it. For some reason it shows a pedestrian tunnel from West Silvertown to Millennium Dome. I was aware of no such thing, but wiki suggests that there is a "Millennium Dome electricity cable tunnel" which can be used by authorised personnel only. I'm wondering if this round thing ... ,89m/data=!3m1!1e3 .... is the Silvertown end of...
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Croxley corruption
From https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ex-mp-richard-harrington-lobbied-for-rail-line-that-would-have-boosted-investment-bhsx5qwfq?shareToken=1b340144bbafd2e90b64e450ceef1d13 A multimillionaire lobbied for a rail line extension while he was a Conservative MP that was likely to benefit one of his investments. Richard Harrington was accused by a judge — in a hearing arising from his £20...
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What's the class 345 9-car problem?
puffernutter wrote: On Tuesday, 4 August 2020 12:39:24 UTC+1, Recliner wrote: On Mon, 3 Aug 2020 08:24:43 -0700 (PDT), puffernutter wrote: On Monday, 3 August 2020 15:50:23 UTC+1, Robert wrote: On 2020-08-03 08:19:24 +0000, puffernutter said: On Sunday, 2 August 2020 15:56:53 UTC+1, Anna Noyd-Dryver wrote: Robert wrote: On 2020-07-29 16:22:34...
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Rail lessons from Grenfell?
Grenfell Tower is close to the elevated H&C LU line, from which the tower is clearly visible. The enquiry into the fire three years ago has been grinding along, painfully slowly for the survivors. I think it was obvious very early that shoddy building practices played a big part in the tragedy, but only now are some of the details emerging. I wonder if the culture of layers of increasingly...
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DLR to Thamesmead
This consultation dates from 2020 BC (Before Covid) so I'm not sure if this project is even alive now. There's a map at https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2020/02/05/plans-to-extend-dlr-to-thamesmead-advance/ I'm mystified by the plan. Would the trains reverse at Beckton to get there? Or would Beckton have its own service and Thamesmead have its own service? Extending from Woolwich seems to...
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No black LEDs?
I recently spotted Geoff Marshall's unboxing of this live animated LED Tube map, which shows all LU train movements in real time. Trains on 12 lines are represented with 333 appropriately coloured station LEDs, but how do you represent Northern Line trains? Yup, in white. Just the thing for a Tube nerd with £249 to spare! An ideal present for someone who grew up in London but now lives in...
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Banksy decorates a Circle Line train
Banksy reminds LU passengers to wear their masks. Amazingly, his elaborate performance was on a busy in-service train, and was videoed by a collaborator: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCn800cFIbe/ I wonder if that has doubled the value of the S7 carriage?
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Farringdon to Moorgate
"Another Station, Another Mile" says at... https://youtu.be/yEiVXoalUQ0?t=580 .... that the abandoned national rail lines from Moorgate to Farringdon might see re-use as part of a plan to increase capacity on the C/M/H lines. Does anyone know what he means? -- Basil Jet recently enjoyed listening to
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Google curiosity
At certain scales on Google Maps (Mac, Safari), clicking on Hampstead Heath, Crouch Hill or either of the Harringay stations causes a blob marked "South Tottenham railway station" to appear in the centre of the roundabout at Trafalgar Square. How odd... I would have expected it to appear in the Gulf Of Guinea. -- Basil Jet recently enjoyed listening to The Doors - 1967 - The Doors
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First class rail travel hardest hit
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a-first-class-carriage-of-ones-own-wealthy-leave-the-commuting-to-others-rtcsqctxh?shareToken=56d3cc5a7657d48ef14a21513f1a84a8 Not surprisingly, first class commuters are more able/willing/choosing to work from home more than standard class travellers.
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Brent Cross West station has received...
From May, only just found this out. https://www.railbusinessdaily.com/approval-for-the-40m-brent-cross-west-station/ -- Basil Jet recently enjoyed listening to Rocket From The Tombs - 2015 - Black Record
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TfL expanding its empire
How long before TfL is renamed to Network Southeast? https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/minister-backs-tfl-inner-suburban-take over-plan
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Chalfont & Latimer near miss...
Robert wrote: Evening all, https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-53150748 It will be interesting to see what happened here. "Passengers narrowly avoided a collision when a train travelled the wrong way on a London Underground track.
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Near miss on Met
Don't know if this has already been posted: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8448435/Investigation-launched-commuter -train-going-wrong-way-London-Tube-line-nearly-crashes.html How on earth can this happen? Surely the chiltern driver knew what side of the line he was on? And why didn't the tripcocks work or have they been removed from that section of line now?
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TfL's curious wording
I've just received the weekly TfL newsletter, which includes the usual notices about weekend line closures. This weekend, two lines won't run at all, but TfL seems to be trying to sugar the pill by somehow implying that they're only partly closed: Hammersmith & City line On Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June, there will be no service between Hammersmith and Barking. This is due to engineering work....
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PT today
So this week is the start of the pre-9 am embargo on my card, and face masks. I usually do my weekly shopping on Tuesday, I left home at 8:55 so as not to be twirley. Got to the stop at 8:58 just as a bus was arriving, but as it was going one stop short of my destination I let it go. But I needn't have bothered because it was one that had yet to be converted to accepting payment and I...
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Nice empty tube
If you feel like taking a trip up to central london you might be interested to know the tube is nice and empty and with a lot of closed stations - quite quick. The only downside are the childish tannoy messages for everyone to stay home like good little citizens.
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