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What went wrong with the new Thameslink...
A sorry tale with many deserving of blame, and no heroes: https://www.londonreconnections.com/2018/holy-grails-and-thameslink-fails-part-2-the-plan-that-went-wrong/ One thing I hadn't appreciated was how much of the plan depended on GBRf drivers, because GTR didn't have enough.
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Elizabeth Line trains stored at OOC
Anyone travelling to and from Paddington on the GWR has probably noticed the growing number of Elizabeth Line trains parked in the OOC Depot sidings. But I had a closer look from a footbridge over the nearby canal: https://www.flickr.com/photos/recliner/albums/72157695029566492 The trains on view in the 33 stabling roads are the full 9-car length, and are identified as Elizabeth Line, not TfL...
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Met line Kilburn crash
Found this old video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS3Ey20NymI I hope the S stock has better crash resistance than the A stock had. Its a bit of a mess for a 20mph collision IMO.
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Explosion at Southgate tube station
Not thought to be terror related. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5862467/Police-rush-scene-small-explosion-Southgate-Tube-Station.html -- Basil Jet - listening to music from 1981(G-Q) ... Gang Of Four - Gary Numan - Glenn Branca - Grace Jones - Heaven 17 - Holger Czukay - Japan - Joe Jackson - Josef K - Killing Joke - Kissing The Pink - Klaus Nomi - Kraftwerk - MX-80 Sound -...
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Chiswick Park Piccadilly line?
There's an article in the June Moder Railways about the new stock order for the Picc. It suggests that, at some point in the future, the Piccadilly will take over the Ealing Broadway branch from the District allowing more District trains to Richmond and Wimbledon. Where does that leave Chiswick Park? It only has platforms on what is, today, the Disctrict lines. And what about anyone...
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Three people hit by train, Loughborough...
Three people have died after being hit by a train at a railway station in south London this morning. Police said three bodies were found on the tracks at Loughborough Junction near Brixton, shortly after 7.30am on Monday. The deaths are being treated as unexplained, British Transport Police said. Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson from British Transport Police,
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Contactless tube payment accepted by...
Hi guys I had 2.87 in my Natwest business account. This account has no overdraft so typically doesn't let me spend if the transaction would take me below 0. Anyway yesterday I made a journey from Victoria to Highgate, from Highgate to Victoria, Victoria to Westminster and Charing Cross to Highgate. I was able to touch my contactless card to open the barriers for all these journeys. Today I...
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Siemens wins giant LU Tube train order
https://www.railmagazine.com/news/network/siemens-wins-94-train-deep-tube-order Well, well, well: Siemens has sharpened its pencil and beaten the Bombardier-Hitachi consortium to this giant order, that should eventually replace all the trains on four LU tube lines, starting with the Piccadilly. I must admit that I thought Bombardier-Hitachi would be the favourite to win this biggest-ever LU...
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Mr. Khan's Latest Environmental Venture.
I've just received an email from TfL announcing that Mr Khan will proceed with his scheme to clamp down on vehicle emissions in the area surrounded by the North and South Circular Roads. https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environment/air-quality-consultation-phase-3b/?cid=airquality-consultation I am a motorist, living in this zone and I hope I will not be affected adversely. To repeat a point I...
by Robin9
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Plan to pedestrianise London's Oxford...
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/oxford-street-pedestrianisation-london-sadiq-khan-westminster-council-scrapped-a8388791.html
by tim...
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Crossrail rolling stock
Staff at Liverpool Street told me tonight that they have about one or two Class 345 trains visiting the station per WEEK. Is this because all the tested ones have gone west so they have to wait for new ones to arrive? -- Basil Jet - listening to music from 1981(A-F) ... A Certain Ratio - Adam & The Ants - Altered Images - Art Objects - Artery - Bauhaus - Blurt - Brian Eno & David Byrne -...
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New rail and tube map - printed version...
I see that along with the new timetables there is a new on-line map of London's rail and tube services at https://tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/london-rail-and-tube-services-map.pdf Has anyone found a printed version available anywhere? Once upon a time they used to be obtainable from many stations under the title "London Connections". -- Clive Page
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So no jubilee line strike after all
More empty threats from the RMT or did the lazy bolshevics not get enough support from the sane section of their membership and decided to save face instead?
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Oxford Court & Its Coganets
I was at Cannon St station a few days ago and I thought I'd pop into St Swithuns Gardens. Shut! Building work. Those gardens are in Oxford Court which is about the size of a penny-up piste. It is such a difference from Oxford Street, which is so huge. But what about central London versions of Oxford Avenue, Lane, Crescent,, Mews, Alley or Road?
by Offramp
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Walthamstow Central Underground...
On Monday, 28 May 2018 18:58:14 UTC+1, Robin9 wrote: I've just received the latest Waltham Forest Council propaganda leaflet, a contemptible, self-congratulating misuse of public money that arrives every few weeks. This edition has a front page story about how TfL is spending £ 15 million to improve Walthamstow Central Station. I use the station sometimes and I find it works...
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Hackney Wick rebuilt station officially...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR9QG5R05pI
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Identify station
https://imgur.com/a/GKib8GZ Which station is this? I enjoy identifying places in London when watching TV series and films, but I've had no luck with this one. The frame is from an episode of Can't Pay? We'll Take It Away! first broadcast in 2018.
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Why fewer Londoners are taking the...
On Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:29:26 UTC+1, Recliner wrote: Yes, but the problem being analysed is the unexpected drop in the number of journeys (both bus and tube), not the average fares paid. If anything, the Hopper fares might have increased the number of journeys, not reduced them. Err hard to say. Based on data in the London Datastore the total no of pass jnys on the bus network...
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New tube map has mistake
https://londonist.com/london/transport/can-you-spot-the-mistake-on-tfl-s-new-tube-map
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Johnston font welcome sign at...
Are they allowed to do that? I suspect it was put up by the "Friends Of Lea Road".
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Whats going on at Moorgate?
I was on the Met line platforms at moorgate for the first time in about 5 years today. The entire old Thameslink platform has been partitioned off. Is this to do with crossrail or is something else going on in there?
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Goblin electric trains delayed by three...
http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/new-overground-trains-for-gospel-oak-to-barking-line-delayed-by-three-months-1-5491792
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Old Oak Common Bombardier Crossrail...
http://www.metro-report.com/news/news-by-region/europe/single-view/view/old-oak-common-elizabeth-line-depot-opens.html
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Telegraph: Five bidders for private...
Five bidders are in the running to build the first railway line under new government proposals aiming to fund new tracks entirely with private cash. Hong Kong-based transport giant MTR, which runs South Western Railway from Waterloo to the West Country with FirstGroup, and a scheme involving Baroness Valentine, the HS2 director, are among those vying to build a line linking towns and cities...
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Crossrail 2 neighbours may have to...
Crossrail 2 may ask nearby home owners to stump up millions for project Home owners living within a certain radius of Crossrail 2 stations could be forced to stump up millions to pay for the project. Transport for London is considering introducing a levy to fund the £30 billion scheme, which will run from Broxbourne in Hertfordshire to Epsom in Surrey, through central London. It would create...
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New Moorgate class 717 unveiled
The new six-car trains are based on the TL 700s, but with cab-end doors, WiFi and power sockets, but no first class, toilets or tray tables. Siemens hasn't made Hitachi's mistake with the windscreens, which look almost flat. Despite the cab-end doors, the driver's position is surprisingly spacious, with an instrument panel that can swing aside if the door needs to be used. Service entry is in...
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TfL Ticket Machines at NR Stations.
Ready for Crassrail (aka the Tin Lizzie Line) TfL have installed brand new ticket machines at Hayes. They have clearly labelled cash slots for coins and notes. They clearly advertise pre-paid ticket collections; and also Oyster top-ups. However amongst the confusion of signs and notices on the fascias they also display "No Oyster Top-ups", "Bank Cards Only", and pre-aid tickets cannot be issued....
by C[_2_]
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ScotRail Class 385 safety concern
On Tue, 1 May 2018 02:08:35 -0700 (PDT) Primitive Person wrote: On Tuesday, 1 May 2018 09:46:09 UTC+1, wrote: I wasn't quite expecting this level of forensic analysis I must say. Looks like I was wrong, it happens, however I genuinely don't remember seeing any transverse seats for the last few years of the 67s stock life when I started commuting on the victoria line. I...
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Stansted Transit (photos)
On a recent trip through Stansted, I happened to get a position at the front of the little transit train on the way to Satellite 2 so I whipped out my pocket camera and took a few pictures. https://www.flickr.com/photos/recliner/sets/72157668434701408 While waiting for the delayed flight in the Satellite, I realised that the long underground transit ride had actualy brought us back to a...
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