The Anonymous Widower

Another Bit Of London Bridge Station Opens

In March I posted pictures of the opening of platform 14 and 15 at London Bridge station. Yesterday, the next two platforms 12 and 13 opened.

10 and 11 are now closed for rebuilding and should reopen in January 2015, according to this web page.

The list of key dates and service changes is given here, with finish set out in 2018.

Let’s hope it’s all worth it!

September 2, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments

An Unusual Picture

I have cut this picture out of Google Earth of the railway north-west of Chorley.

Sixteen Butresses

Sixteen Butresses

There would appear to be sixteen buttresses over the twin track railway.

They are actually some of the last examples of flying arches on UK railways. There’s more about the Chorley Flying Arches here.

I’m posting this, as the line through Chorley has just reopened after the related Chorley Tunnel has been expanded to allow for electrification. That is reported here on Modern Railways. It says this about the arches.

As well as upgrading the tunnel, the 16 historic Chorley flying arches – Grade II listed structures on the approach to the tunnel which are the only remaining examples on the British rail network – were refurbished following co-operation and consultation with English Heritage.

On the 22nd of this month, I’m going to see Ipswich play at Wigan. I think, I’ll go and look at these unique structures.

How many countries would actually restore te arches, rather than replace them with modern steel structures?

September 2, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 2 Comments

Thomas Heatherwick Goes Global

Thomas Heatherwick is going on a tour of the US and Asia, to show his iconic designs to the world.

He may leave a legacy of designs, but his biggest legacy, will be that he has shown how if architects, designers and engineers think outside conventional norms, you create the wonder factor and inspire others to do the same. Hence we all get a better world.

If we take the design of Thomas and his company, that I know best, the New Routemaster, every time you use one, you notice something that is different to and better than most current buses. Yesterday, as I got off after travelling home from the Angel, I realised that the walk to the centre exit was all clean lines and hand-holds in the right places, with no messy strap-hangers out-of-reach of short people and children, that seem to be an omnipresent feature of all other buses.

That is good design, and would Londoners accept a new bus without things like a totally-flat floor and well-positioned hand holds in the future?

September 2, 2014 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

The Odds Are Going Towards Yes

When I first looked up the Scottish referendum odds on Odds Checker, the results were as follows.

August 25th

No! – 1/8

Yes! – 9/2

They are now.

September 2nd – No! – 1/4 Yes! – 3/1

September 5th – No! – 2/7 Yes! – 14/5

September 7th – No! – 4/9 Yes! – 9/4

September 9th – No! – 4/9 Yes! – 2/1

But they’ve now started to go the other way.

September 11th – No! – 3/10 Yes! – 10/3

September 12th – No! – 5/19 – Yes! – 7/2

September 15th – No! – 1/4 – Yes! – 7/2

September 17th – No! – 2/9 – Yes! – 15/4

So it would appear that the vote is moving towards a Yes! It’s been quite a swing in the first seven days.

September 2, 2014 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment