The Anonymous Widower

Developments At Cheltenham

Cheltenham is a town, I’ve been to several times.  Usually, it has been to go to the races, although I did go there on my 92 Club trip. I went by train to Cheltenham Spa station.

This month’s Modern Railways describes a substantial proposed development at the station, which adds extra platforms and capacity. Given that there is a large development being started at Cheltenham Racecourse and getting to the racecourse by road is a nightmare, I think it would be a good idea to expand the station, so that racegoers could at least get to Cheltenham by train. Provision is made in the station scheme for perhaps a light rail system to link to the racecourse station.

But obviously, a heavy rail scheme would be better, so that luxury special trains could run from Paddington direct to the racecourse.  First Great Western are now running Pullman Dining services on InterCity 125 trains to Plymouth, so perhaps the soon-to-be redundant trains could be refurbished as luxury go-virtually-anywhere trains to take visitors to special events in style.

There’s a lot to think about!

But the proposed reworking of Cheltenham Spa station, does show how if you think properly, you can improve a mundane station for the benefit of the rail companies and passengers alike.

Here’s a personal example.

With the simplification of movements at Ipswich, due to the new Bacon Factory Curve, will this make possible, some small improvements? It would be much easier for a train from say Cambridge to come in to Ipswich station and then reverse out to either Lowestoft or Felixstowe, as there won’t be freight trains reversing in the yard outside the station.

I hope Network Rail has got their thinking cap on!

They certainly seem to have got it right with new stations at Cambridge Science Park and Lea Bridge, but they seem to have been unlucky with building a Coventry Arena station, and then have Coventry City move away.

But as I indicated in this post, are Network Rail expanding the railway, by doing lots of small high return projects.

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Getting Back On A Bike

As it was quiet in the city today, I took a bus to Barbican station and had a short ride of one of the Barclays Bikes.

Barclays Bikes

Barclays Bikes

I didn’t go far and I didn’t have any alarms at all.

But it was good to see that my balance was sound.

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Getting Lost In John Lewis

After I took the pictures today, I wanted to get the lift down to the ground floor, so I could go to the Waitrose underneath John Lewis.

Getting Lost In John Lewis

Getting Lost In John Lewis

I ended up in the car park, as I just pushed the bottom button.

Surely some annotation wouldn’t be amiss!

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The Olympic Park From John Lewis

I took these pictures today of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from John Lewis in Eastfield.

It looks very different to before and during the Olympics. I took these pictures just over a year ago.

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Stratford Depot Remembered

This plaque is inside Stratford International station and remembers Stratford TMD, which used to occupy the site.

Stratford Depot Remembered

Stratford Depot Remembered

As a member of a group of children, who were keen train-spotters, I visited the depot a couple of times. In those days it was nearly all steam with a selection of new diesels, which nobody liked much.

There’s more about the plaque and those who worked in the depot,  here on the Newham Recorder web site.

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Around Stratford International Station

I walked around Stratford International station this morning.

It has always puzzled me, why trains for Europe don’t stop here.  perhaps we should create the Trans Manche Metro.

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Stratford Has A Gold Pillar Box

Stratford has one of the gold pillar box, which have been put up all over the country to honour the Olympics medal winners.

Stratford got its, because this was the nearest box to the Olympic Park.

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Stratford Is Well-Lithed

I went to Stratford in East London, this morning to take some pictures.

These were two of the many Legible London liths, that make walking easy in the area.

I do wonder if other places are starting to use similar designs. In Ipswich yesterday, there were several as I walked to Portman Road. Ipswich calls it’s system Walk Ipswich and the web site is here.

Both systems in London and Ipswich were designed by Applied, so the similarity may not be a coincidence or plagiarism.

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A Use For RBS

It was raining hard as I passed the offices of the Rpyal Bank of UK Taxpayers on Bishopsgate.

A Use For RBS

A Use For RBS

At least the building kept everybody dry as they walked along or waited for a bus.

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London’s Forgotten Route Gets A Hybrid Bus

The 277 is one of London’s forgotten bus routes and runs from Limehouse and Canary Wharf through the East of London to Highbury and Islington station.

London's Forgotten Route Gets A Hybrid Bus

London’s Forgotten Route Gets A Hybrid Bus

I photographed this lone hybrid on the route last week.

Why this route is so often neglected by the powers that be, I do not know! I suspect, we’ll never see New Buses for London or in fact any new buses on this route in my lifetime.

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