The Anonymous Widower

Two Oases In The City

I came across these oases in Temple Avenue in the City of London.

What a good idea! The notice says it’s part of a Covid-19 Street Recovery Scheme

October 4, 2022 Posted by | Design, World | , , , | 1 Comment

Painting Blackfriars Bridge

It looks like Blackfriars Bridge is being repainted.

It certainly looks like it needs a repaint.

October 4, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Seeing London Underground’s Bakerloo Line Trains In A New Light

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

This is the first paragraph.

A 50% energy saving and a substantial reduction in maintenance costs is being achieved by replacing fluorescent tubes on London Underground’s Bakerloo Line trains with custom designed LED lights from MARL International.

From the pictures in the article, they look to be a good design.

I took these pictures of a train with the new lighting on the 6th of November.

These pictures show a train with the old lighting.


  1. The old lighting has round lights at the end of the cars.
  2. The hole for the round lights has been covered by a blanking plate. See the first picture of the new lights.
  3. Some of the old fluorescents have died.
  4. Four passengers, that I spoke to, thought the cars were brighter.

The shots through the empty cars were all taken in Elephant & Castle station, so they show a comparison between new and old lighting.

I also spoke to a driver, who said the headlights on the trains will be replaced. He’d driven the train with the prototype installation and said it was much better.

October 4, 2022 Posted by | Design, Energy, Transport/Travel | , , , | 3 Comments