Thamesmead: Why No Train Station, And Is That DLR Extension Happening?

Image: M @ / Londonist When it welcomed its first residents in 1969, the Thamesmead Estate was touted the “town of tomorrow” – a fresh utopia sprung from the dank Erith and Plumstead marshlands. But the dream soured faster than a pint of milk in a heatwave, and Thamesmead was outcast as a concrete pariah. … Read more

Train Strike: Updates On Line And Station Closures, And What’s Running In London

Photo: Tomek Baginski / Unsplash As you’ve probably heard, there are major train strikes happening nationally this week, including in the London area. It’s the biggest train strike for around 30 years, with many operators warning passengers not to attempt to travel on strike days, as there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to complete your … Read more

First test train to use a new signalling system on the Northern City Line

The testing of the new digital signalling on the Northern City Line has commenced with the running of the first Great Northern train between Finsbury Park and Moorgate under the new system. The testing is carried out with a Great Northern Class 717 train and marks an important milestone in a project that will ultimately … Read more

A GWR train has been named after the WWII codebreaker Alan Turing

A train that’ll regularly call at the home of the UK’s spy center, GCHQ has been named after the World War Two codebreaker, Alan Turing. The Great Western Railway (GWR) train will regularly call at Cheltenham Spa station, about a 20-minute walk from GCHQ’s famous doughnut shaped headquarters building where modern code breakers expand the … Read more

In Pictures: Hundreds of Hong Kong rail fans bid farewell to last 12-car train

Hundreds of railway fans in Hong Kong bid farewell to the last 12-car electric train on Friday, as the decades-old East Rail Line vehicle was retired ahead of the opening of new stations. Photo: Kelly Ho / HKFP. The Hung Hom MTR station was unusually packed on Friday afternoon when train fanatics gathered at the … Read more