Category Archives: Historical

The former railway from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe opened on 20th July 1874 – 150 years ago. It never reached its 100th anniversary, closing on 5th October 1970. By the time the anniversary year came about four years later, the line had been disused for that time and not long after,…

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This is the second part of the online guide to the Ilfracombe railway and features the stretch from Braunton to Willingcott. That is near near the summit of the line just south of Mortehoe. Although around half of the route through Barnstaple, Braunton and Ilfracombe now constitutes the Tarka Trail,…

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Who needs Hogwarts and the magic wall that gives access to Platform 9 & 3⁄4 at King’s Cross when one can just as easily have that elsewhere too! Well that’s where Paddington station comes in! Besides having a bear from Peru, Paddington station now has a secret platform where, for…

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In the very early days of London’s premier underground line – the Central London Railway (CLR) or the twopenny tube as it was popularly known, procured its first ever fatality. It wasn’t a passenger but a member of staff and the matter was down to the staff in question having…

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The Barnstaple and Ilfracombe railway opened in July 1874 thus 2024 is the 150th anniversary of the line’s opening. Despite opposition the line closed in October 1970 after British Railways had totally rationalised the line in an attempt to keep the costs of running it to a minimum. Ultimately the…

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A special post for the 160th Anniversary of the Hammersmith & City line has been written for and published by London Reconnections. It can be seen here: The Unknown Hammersmith & City Construction Calamity. A more substantial post is however in preparation for London Rail Blog and it shouldn’t be…

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Its three years since the publication of the first part of the Alfred County Railway feature. As detailed at the time a second part had in fact been prepared however there was a lot of missing gaps in terms of coverage of the section inland to Harding. Getting coverage as…

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2024 is the 220th anniversary of the opening of the Mumbles railway, said to be the world’s first ever passenger carrying line. Although the line began tracklaying in 1804 services to the quarries concerned did not begin for some time whilst passenger services did not start until 1807. Thus 25th…

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Bishop’s Bridge Paddington, sited high above the railway tracks, was formerly the iconic bow girder construction that stood right across the Paddington station throat. Upon its roadway level there were a number of buildings that could be accessed and these included cafes, railway offices and the Paddington suburban/Metropolitan platforms ticket…

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A number of pictures I found during research upon a related subject – in fact there were so many it was difficult to choose from! Why enthuse over the Westerns anyway? Well like many others I simply found the class very admirable and it was impossible to not like the…

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