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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:49 pm


P36-0251 — last steam passenger locomotive built in Russia. Museum in Saint Petersburg.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:51 pm


The Flying Scotsman.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:56 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aM1aiXGxmts
The General- Buster Keaton rides the side rods of the train.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:59 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmciuKsBOi0
The Night Mail- WH Auden.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:08 pm


Dust jacket illustration of the first UK edition of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:41 pm

THE WORLD's FIRST RAILWAY ACCIDENT:


The Duke of Wellington's train and other locomotives being readied for departure from Liverpool, 15 September 1830


Open carriages on the Liverpool-Manchester railway, 1830.


The Liverpool-Manchester railway, 1830.


The Liverpool-Manchester Railway at Chat Moss, 1833.

On the 15th September 1830 the Liverpool & Manchester Railway was ready for its grand official opening. This was an event of national celebration. The Duke of Wellington, Prime Minister and Hero of Waterloo, headed the VIP guests. Instead of converted waggons they travelled in ornate passenger carriages. The great cavalcade set off from Liverpool and steamed majestically through the Olive Mount Cutting. Eight locomotives, all built by the Stephensons, ran in procession using both tracks. George Stephenson himself drove the "Northumbrian", his latest engine. It was a triumphant day.


Northumbrian.

Sadly the day was to end in tragedy. During a water stop at Parkside the guests were told to not get off the train. However despite this warning, many guests got off and strolled about the tracks as if out for a walk in Hyde Park. The Duke of Wellington called the local MP, William Huskisson, to his carriage to offer his hand in friendship. As he stood by the Duke's carriage there was consternation among the guests as a locomotive was bearing down on them on the second track. Guests scattered but William Huskisson seemed dazed and didn't know what to do. Unfortunately he ended up clinging onto the Duke's carriage door. He sadly was hit by the locomotive "Rocket" and his leg was run over.


Replica of Rocket and its passenger coaches on the opening of the Liverpool-Manchester railway.

Quickly the "Northumbrian" and a carriage whisked Mr Huskisson to Eccles for medical help but it was all in vain and William Huskisson sadly died. He was the first passenger to be a victim of a railway accident.


The site of the former Parkside station. The white memorial marks the location of the accident.


Original tablet from the Huskisson memorial, now in the National Railway Museum.


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Re: The Golden Age of Steam

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:47 pm

As a young child I stood with my father on the bridge bisecting Spring Bridge Road...



...and watched the steam trains chuff in and out of Ealing Broadway station.

I've loved them ever since.

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Re: The Golden Age of Steam

Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:28 pm

STEAM TRIVIA:

Also a big fan of steam trains was the great Irish comic writer Brian O'Nolan:



...about which he knew an improbable amount.

It's all to be found in the "For Steam Men" section of "The Best of Myles":



For more on O'Nolan, see the "Flann O'Brien" thread in the Literature section.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:37 pm


The Roundhouse, Camden Town, London.

Now a famous live music venue, the building was once a former railway shed containing a turntable:


Railway turntable, 1909, in front of a roundhouse.

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Post  eddie on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:45 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gg0kC1jNsQ
The Roundhouse featured in The London Nobody Knows, a 1967 film narrated by James Mason.

Tats and Aloha will the interested in the description of an early Pink Floyd gig in the (then) leaky, rat-infested building, which it appears was rather more of a maintenance shed that a place for actually reversing locomotives.

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Post  eddie on Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:46 am

THE ADVENTURE OF THE BRUCE PARTINGTON PLANS by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

...features my workplace, Aldgate Tube station, through which at that time ran steam-powered locomotives. Indeed, the platform at Aldgate was where the engines took on water, necessitating a delay to passengers of some minutes. Some things never change: to this day, the platforms at Aldgate are the only place the Line Controller can stable a train he doesn't quite know what to do with, which still drives impatient passengers to fury.


Mycroft Holmes visits his brother Sherlock with a little problem...

Wiki:

The monotony of pea-soup-fog-shrouded London is broken by a sudden visit from Holmes’s brother Mycroft. He has come about some missing, secret submarine plans. Seven of the ten pages — three are still missing — were found with Arthur Cadogan West’s body. He was a young clerk in a government office at Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, whose body was found next to the Underground tracks near the Aldgate tube station, his head crushed. He had little money with him (although there appears to have been no robbery), theatre tickets, and curiously, no Underground ticket. The three missing pages by themselves could enable one of Britain’s enemies to build a Bruce-Partington submarine.


Underground"-branded Tube map from 1908 showing the District and Metropolitan lines with Aldgate at right and Kensington at lower left.

It seems clear that Cadogan West fell from a train and that he stole the plans meaning to sell them, but the mystery is truly complex:

How did Cadogan West meet his end?

If he was thrown off a train, what was he doing at Aldgate, well past the stop where he presumably would have gone?

If he had made an appointment with a foreign agent to sell the plans, would he not have kept his evening free instead of buying theatre tickets for himself and his fiancée?

How did he get into the Underground without a ticket, or did someone take it?

Why can no evidence of violence be found in any Underground coach?

How is it that Cadogan’s head was crushed and yet there was very little bleeding by the track where he was found?

Inspector Lestrade tells Holmes that a passenger has seen fit to report hearing a thud at about the location in question, as though a body had fallen on the track. He could not see anything, however, owing to the thick fog.

After an examination of the track near Aldgate, Holmes reaches an astonishing and unusual conclusion: Cadogan West had been killed elsewhere, was deposited on the roof of an Underground train, and fell off when the jarring action of going over the points at Aldgate shook the coach.


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Post  eddie on Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:00 am

I've worked at two other Tube stations with an historic steam connection: Wapping and Rotherhithe.

THE BRUNEL WAPPING-ROTHERHITHE THAMES TUNNEL


Construction of the first sub-aqueous tunnel in the world. Originally designed just for foot passengers, it was eventually converted to railway use and for many decades carried East London Line Tube passengers under the Thames.


Entrance shaft to the Thames Tunnel at what is now Wapping station. Traces of the original pedestrian staircase are still visible to this day, as are the arches of the twin tunnels now carrying London Overground trains.


1870 view of a train exiting the Thames Tunnel at Wapping.

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Re: The Golden Age of Steam

Post  eddie on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:08 pm

Steve Bell on the HS2 high-speed rail link

The government has announced a £32.7bn investment in high-speed rail linking London with the Midlands and north

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 10 January 2012 23.51 GMT




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Post  eddie on Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:10 am

Steve Bell on coalition's railway policy

Rail industry must find £3.5bn of annual savings, says transport secretary Justine Greening

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 8 March 2012 23.38 GMT




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Post  eddie on Sun Mar 25, 2012 3:36 am


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