For the last couple of weekends one of my favourite transport-works related diversions took place once again. Overground trains ran a route that appears on no official TfL maps, traversing North London by straddling two of the orange lines that most wouldn’t think linked. Yep, I’m talking about the lesser-spotted Willesden Junction to Stratford service, going via Queen’s […]Read more "London Overground Goes Off the Rails"
This post combines several of my favourite things – old black and white films, local history, social history, and photography. The 1949 Ealing Studios film The Blue Lamp (the film that invented Dixon of Dock Green) recently played out on the TV, and having never seen it before I was excited when I noticed many of the locations […]Read more "“The Blue Lamp”: West London Then & Now"
In Part 1 I made some “Then and Now” comparison photos for the filming locations in Ealing Films’s The Blue Lamp, mainly on Harrow Road and the Grand Union Canal. In this second instalment, I’ve journeyed further west to North Kensington and areas nearby which were mainly used in the car chase towards the end of the film. This […]Read more "“The Blue Lamp” Then & Now Part 2"
On what was a particularly dreary and drizzly summer’s day today I made it down to the Serpentine Pavilion in Hyde Park. Every year there’s a competition for an international architect to have their first work constructed in England and this year we have an “unzipped wall” designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. As it turns out […]Read more "Serpentine Pavilion – Hyde Park"
Another month, another London transport related event. This time Transport for London’s “Transported by Design” street festival, which closed off Regent Street last Sunday 3rd July. This was an opportunity for TfL and their contractors to display some gems from the past and demonstrate ideas for the future, in what must be one of the […]Read more "Transported by Design"
Euston station today presents itself as a unified mainline railway terminal with a London Underground station nestled beneath, connecting the two branches of the Northern line and the Victoria line. Historically though this wasn’t the case – the two legs of the Northern line started life at the beginning of the 20th Century as two distinct […]Read more "Hidden London: The Abandoned Euston Tunnels"
On Saturday I was lucky enough to make it to the London Transport Museum’s Depot Open Weekend. Although I’ve been to the main site in Covent Garden several times, this was the first time I’d visit the Acton Depot. A huge train shed, it’s filled with all the treasures the Museum has neither the space nor the money to exhibit in […]Read more "London Transport Museum Depot"