The Anonymous Widower

Station Names On Bridges

Network Rail seems to be getting the blue paint out and slapping it on bridges.

As the pictures show, they’re also indicating the station name. Obviously Caldeonian Road and Barnsbury will need a much longer bridge, but The Cally will do.

I’ll add more as I see them.

July 1, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

Searching For The Dudding Hill Line – Victoria Road, Acton

After photographing the bridges over the canal, I retraced my step[s back to Old Oak Lane and followed it towards North Acton station.

The Dudding Hill Line crosses the road on a bridge.

In fact one feature of the line is several nice bridges.

May 9, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , , | 2 Comments

Hackney Goes Back To The Future

I’ve posted about rebuilding the footbridge connection between  Hackney Downs and Hackney Central stations before.

TfL have decided to replace it after seventy years and Hackney Council has approved the proposal as reported here. It seems to be positively received.

Hackney Central ward cllr Vincent Stops welcomed the news. He said: “It is quite exciting that this proposal remakes an historic connection between Hackney Central and Hackney Downs stations that was lost in 1944. It will greatly benefit Hackney residents and those visiting Hackney Central town centre. Now permission has been obtained I am determined that Marcon and Aspland Estate benefits both in terms of the re-provision of play facilities and that the green wall and tree cover really improves the outlook of residents and reduces train noise, a long standing issue for the estate.”

I wonder how long it is before TfL decides that the two stations are one and renames them to either Hackney or Hackney Junction.

I suspect that the renaming will get more objections than the five who objected to the footbridge. One was objecting that it might mean to a loss of car parking spaces.

February 13, 2014 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

The Zubizuri Bridge

The Zubizuri bridge links the two banks of the River Nervión.

It seems that these white bridges are becoming fairly numerous.

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

Along The Nervión River

The Nervión river runs through Bilbao and it was a good place to walk in the sun.

It may have been the time of year, but there were very few cafes along the river.

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

Over The Digswell Viaduct

As the train went over the Digswell Viaduct just north of Welwyn Garden City, I took a couple of pictures of the view. I usually do.

Over The Digswell Viaduct

Over The Digswell Viaduct

But none in my opinion, are anywhere near as good, as this one, with the shadow of the viaduct on the valley floor below.

I would love to claim, I planned it all and actually booked a train north on a fine day, at the right time to get the shadow.

But it was all of course, down to luck.

I do bet though, that it’s not the first time, this picture has been taken. Perhaps with an  iconic Stirling Single or a Gresley A4 Pacific blowing plumes of steam into the sky.

October 24, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , | 2 Comments

Out Of Charing Cross Station For The First Time

It may seem strange, but yesterday was the first time, I took a train out of Charing Cross station. Here are a few pictures, as the train travelled to London Bridge.

Note the Victorian replica of Charing Cross outside the station,one of the Golden Jubilee footbridges on the Hungerford Railway Bridge and Southwark Cathedral.

August 26, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , | Leave a comment

The Bold Millennium Bridge

The Millennium Bridge was not without controversy and many still call it the wobbly bridge.

But my walk shows how good the concept is and it was right to build a bridge there in the first place.

If you’re going to the Tate Modern, then in my view, it should be approached over the bridge.

It might be sensible too, to go back across using the new Blackfriars station, which is a bridge as well.

Or you could do as I did later and take the RV1 hydrogen-powered bus route to Covent Garden.

July 21, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , | Leave a comment

Through St. Paul’s To The Tate Modern

I went for a walk this morning, starting on the North side of St. Paul’s Cathedral and then over the Millennium Bridge to the Tate Modern.

I’d actually never been in the gardens of the cathedral before, which connect the two sides of the building. As it was fairly early, it would have been a pleasant place to sit around for thirty minutes or so.

There’s more on the blue trees here.

July 21, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

From Stockholm To Copenhagen By Train

I left Stockholm for Copenhagen late in the morning.

The journey should have taken just over five hours but the train was half-an-hour late into the Danish capital. A hotel manager I spoke to, said that the trains are always late.  But I couldn’t find any published statistics, like you see on British stations.

The Stockholm to Copenhagen line is not very spectacular, except for the amazing crossing between Malmo and Copenhagen on the double-deck Øresund Bridge.

The Øresund Line, which is the high-speed rail line between Malmo and Copenhagen, illustrates some of the problems of running trains between different countries. This section called Border Technicalities in the Wikipedia article on the line, illustrates the problem. The electrification, signalling and train running systems are all different.

At least England and Scotland have the same systems and we’re vaguely the same as the French, Belgians and Germans, with respect to high-speed rail.

But then Ireland, including the North, use a different gauge.

The Swedish high speed train, called the SJ 2000, that I used on the journey has the luxury of running on 19th Century lines between Stockholm and Malmo, that were built relatively straight.  But it is not particularly fast, going at speeds comparable with our Inter City 125s from London to the West Country. Our trains are thirty years older and diesel powered, but comparisons like this illustrate how good was the design of the Inter City 125s.

June 18, 2013 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

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