Tag Archives: railway problems

The bizarre track layout at Princes Risborough! When you thought British Railways planning couldn’t get any worse, here’s a particular example of its backwards philosophy. Its not like Seaton Junction where an entire station was left in situ with just one plain track through it which didn’t matter because the…

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Historical knowledge of rail vibrations London Underground has known for decades there is a problem with tube trains making noises. There have been complaints since the first trains ran underground in 1863. However that is probably something that was largely accepted in those days (just as there was soot, steam,…

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Briefly, this is an overview of the problems of tube trains running beneath the Barbican Estate in the City of London, and the huge noise nuisance that’s generated as a result. My post looks at the history of the estate’s tunnels’ construction and how things look today. It also looks…

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You’d think our railways couldn’t get any worse! Whilst a certain You Tuber was extolling the virtues of the new Greater Anglia 745’s, these new trains’ biggest reputation at that very moment was the ability to breakdown for more than five hours, blocking a major railway route to London! It…

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The incident of a tram careering through the dead of night because its driver had suffered a seizure has caused much alarm in Europe. In fact it was the implications upon the Schwebebahn which made me wonder what the whole issue was about, and why the Schwebebahn – not even…

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This second part covers mainly tweets etc that highlight passengers’ (or customers if one prefers) experiences and escapades during this significant Thameslink power outage which resulted in a considerable number of its trains trying to reboot without success. This left many trains marooned up and down the Thameslink network north…

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When brand new trains get well and truly f**ked… or how Thameslink’s trains got crossed off the rail network map! Friday 9th August 2019. The heavens opened and there was torrential rain and gales. Somewhere in the national grid a glitch occurred. Two power sources, one at Little Barford power…

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This week a tweet particularly intrigued me. It showed the escalator steps at Kentish Town tube station with a quirky message ‘Stand on the handrail.’ An impossible task apparently – unless one was some sort of acrobat or tightrope artist. Clearly the message was removed very soon after the error…

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The third part of the runway tube trains series. Waterloo & City, Island Line and other incidents are featured here. The first two posts covered incidents on the Bakerloo, District/Circle, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Waterloo and City Line Even the diminutive Waterloo and City line has had a runaway train…

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In the first part of this we looked at runaway trains on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines and continue with the latter two. This second and a third part takes a look at those lines which one would assume did not have runaway trains of any sort. However…

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