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Railway Arches On The Greenwich Line

Wikipedia says this about the railway built between London and Greenwich Railway.

The railway was opened in London between 1836 and 1838. It was the first steam railway in the capital, the first to be built specifically for passengers, and the first elevated railway.

As it’s a line on a viaduct it has lots of arches.

And as the picture shows, many are good ones and seem to be being used profitably.

As I said in the piece on the Greenwich Pumping Station, the area between the blue bridge and the Pumping Station at Greenwich could become a quality leisure area, with waterside cafes and shops, overlooked by a hopefully-restored  Deptford Creek Lift Bridge.

May 13, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Deptford Creek Lift Bridge

You don’t see many lift bridges these days and until a few days ago, I hadn’t realised that this one was there on the Greenwich Rail Line over Deptford Creek.

This report in East London Lines gives details on the current state of the bridge. This is an extract.

The bridge has not been used in several decades and the lifting section was welded shut into ‘down’ position over 10 years ago.

Locally the bridge is a popular sight as well a visual reminder of Deptford’s industrial heritage. The rumours did not go down well with some residents.

The rumours were about demolishing the bridge.

I doubt that will happen.

According to Wikipedia this area was the site of the Battle of Deptford Bridge, which was the last battle of the Cornish Rebellion of 1497.

May 12, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | 2 Comments

London’s New Bridge

It’s not often that London gets a new bridge. But the swing bridge over Deptford Creek opened today.

They even closed it so, that I could walk over the creek.

January 19, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

A Design Crime – What Moron Designed This?

To get back from Woolwich today, I decided to take a train from Woolwich Arsenal station.

What Moron Designed This?

What Moron Designed This?

The picture shows the fountain I walked into, as there were no visual clues and it looked like a wide free area leading to the station.

Luckily, I was wearing sensible walking shoes, which didn’t leak.

But you can see my wet footprints.

Obviously Woolwich loves crap design and has created a real Design Crime.

September 3, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

The Navy Pops Into Waitrose

I couldn’t resist posting this picture of HMS Bulwark, by Waitrose in Greenwich.

The Navy Pops Into Waitrose

The Navy Pops Into Waitrose

It’s just a pity the gap inthe buildings isn’t larger, so that you could see more of the warship.

May 30, 2014 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

HMS Bulwark At Greenwich

HMS Bulwark is in Greenwich to mark the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines.

Lsrge ships are always impressive on London’s river.

May 30, 2014 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Over The Cable Car In The Sun

I haven’t been over the Emirates Air Line for some time, but I’m glad I did today.

The visibility was pretty good, although hopefully, I’ll find another cold and sunny day when it is better.

Given the right day, it surely is one of the best camera platforms in a city.

It also helped that I caught the cable car at a quiet Sunday morning. This could have been, because many were expecting bad weather and just didn’t go! But remember it opens early in the morning and even starts at 09:00 on a Sunday. So on the right day weatherwise, get there early and choose your time. I got a cabin to myself by being lucky!


January 5, 2014 Posted by | Travel, World | , , , | Leave a comment

HMS Illustrious At Greenwich

I took these pictures of HMS Illustrious at Greenwich.

Apparently, she is going to be preserved for the nation, as is reported here.

May 9, 2013 Posted by | World | , , | 1 Comment

To Greenwich Under The River

I’d never been through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, when I used it to get from Island Gardens station on the DLR to Greenwich Pier, so I could get pictures of HMS Illustrious.

As the pictures show, I shared the lifts and the tunnel with a party of extremely well-behaved Primary School children. I mentioned to the teacher in charge, that I’m surprised Health and Safety let children into the tunnel. She said things were getting better and the children loved using the tunnel.

May 9, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The World At Greenwich

I took these pictures of the cruise ship; The World at Greenwich.

It would be good to see it go downriver from somewhere like Barrier Park.

May 2, 2013 Posted by | Travel, World | , | Leave a comment