The Anonymous Widower

My Favourite Gadgets

The pictures show some of my favourite gadgets, many of which can be classed as engineering pornography.

They may seem a rather odd collection, but I like to think the design is good, even if some of the gadgets are just a few pounds.

 

August 2, 2016 Posted by | Food, World | | 2 Comments

Every Local Politician Should Read This

I have never seen such a powerful argument for improving local transport links and especially trains than this article in the National.

It is written by a train driver turned local politician and he is talked about Glasgow.

But his arguments can be applied to any city in the world.

Read the article.

August 2, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Paddington Is Operational Again

Paddington Underground station on the Bakerloo Line has now got its escalators back and getting to the station for me, is now so much easier.

As the pictures show there seem to be quite a few new blue hoardings at platform level.

This map from carto.metro.free.fr shows the layout of the Bakerloo Line and Crossrail at Paddington.

Bakerloo Line And Crossrail At Paddington Station

Bakerloo Line And Crossrail At Paddington Station

Note.

  • The Bakerloo Line runs roughly South-East to North-West through Paddington.
  • The platform labelled 4 is the Southbound Bakerloo Line platform.
  • The platform labelled 3 is the Nouthbound Bakerloo Line platform.
  • The escalators run down to the platforms from the South-East
  • Crossrail would appear to have an island platform between the two tracks.

There would appear to be two places on the platforms where blue hoarding have been put up to protect the works behind.

  • The most obvious is the big blue wall that greets you as you come down the escalator, where some artistic tiling used to be.
  • There are also blue hoardings at the London (South East) end of the platforms.

There is a pedestrian tunnel to Crossrail called the Bakerloo Line Link (BLL). A memeber of staff also told me that lifts will be installed to the Bakerloo Line.

This document on the TFL web site gives a bit more information.

Engineers will also carefully dig a new 165m tunnel underneath the station to enable passengers to interchange between the Bakerloo line and new Crossrail platforms, which will become operational from 2018. The new pedestrian link will incorporate escalators, lifts, stairs and new passageways in order to make interchanging between the Tube and Crossrail as easy as possible for passengers.

So it looks like the tunnel will go under the lines and come up between the two Bakerloo tracks. The length of one hundred and sixty-five metres would easily reach the Crossrail platforms.

I found this image on the web.

The Bakerloo Line Link At Paddington

The Bakerloo Line Link At Paddington

It looks to be a very well thought out link.

 

  • It is connected to the Crossrail station by escalators and lifts in the middle of the island platform at that station.
  • The connection at the Bakerloo Line end, would appear to have lifts, stairs and escalators.
  • Wll the lifts go direct to the surface as well?
  • All routes seem to be direct to the central landing in the Bakerloo Line platforms.
  • It may be a hundred and sixty five metres, but the design probably means most passengers will do it fairly fast.But I’m only speculating.

It will certainly be a very powerful interchange, as it will give a much needed connection to London’s least-developed Underground Line.

One good thing from the TFL document, is that it says this.

TfL will re-open the platforms in time for the Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August.

So they beat their deadline by four weeks.

It certainly looks like a job well done!

Certainly, it makes my journey to the station easier.

The next thing needed is to get the Marks and Spencer reopened at the station.

 

 

August 2, 2016 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 5 Comments