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As anyone looking to properly understand London’s transport needs and network knows, context, background and best-practice are important. As readers might imagine, behind the scenes here at LR Towers we thus spend a lot of time sharing links and reading around the subjects we cover here. We also occasionally share links containing good information about transport topics that we know we just don’t have time to cover. We also all, as authors, occasionally write elsewhere on this or ...
In the white heat of the Victorian age a number of motive powers seemed set to vie for the future. Steam power? Cable? Both were relatively new technologies whose potential seemed endless. Briefly in the 1860s, however, it seemed destined to some that the era we now know as the Steam Age would actually be known as something else – the Pneumatic Age. To understand how pneumatic traction came to make a mark on London one must first understand its rivals. For whilst with hindsight the ...
Whilst we tend to concentrate on the movement of people and freight, there are other uses to which rail has been put in London – notably the movement of mail. Earlier this year the British Postal Museum & Archive began work on the preservation of some early rolling stock elements of the now-disused Post Office Railway. The last remaining unit of the original 1927 rolling stock – a green mail car, and an example of the 1930 motive stock were brought to the surface at Mount ...
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