THE number of passengers using London Underground is now at a level not seen since the early days of the network in the late 1800s. Easter Sunday, April 22, saw 64,000 trips made across all lines, down 97% on the same day in 2019.
As a result, Transport for London began furloughing staff as a ‘temporary and essential’ measure, but with TfL topping up the Government’s job retention scheme so that employees still receive all of their pay.
TfL has also stopped all construction and development work, bar planned engineering work on the Victoria Line at Brixton on May 25, and it has closed stations within central London that do not serve more than one line. Blue markers were applied to platforms at key stations to demonstrate how far passengers should be distanced from one another.
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LNER puts remaining ‘91s' into warm store
The ongoing pandemic restrictions and major engineering works have resulted in the complete withdrawal of the last remaining ‘Electras’ from passenger service, although the plan is to resurrect them in the summer.
Mk.1 Restaurant-Buffet (RBR) cars
A SURPRISING number of Mk.1catering cars have survived to see service on the privatised railway, in private operator and charter trains. They may turn up on anything from an enthusiast special to higher-end dining trains and have been formed in trains as prestigious as the locomotive-hauledBlue Pullman’ set, the ‘Great Britain’ tours operated by West Coast Railways and the ‘Northern Belle’ tour train.
Our authoritative class-by-class review of newsworthy locomotive workings.
End for Freightliner Class 86/6s
The company’s Class 86/6 fleet down to just two examples as seven locos are stored.
Service reductions as Covid cases increase
An increase in Covid-19 cases in early January saw the governments in Ireland and Northern Ireland impose stricter lockdown measures that impacted on public transport.
East West Rail funding go-ahead
Although it was expected, £760 million of funding has now been confirmed to build the Western Section of the East West Railway scheme.
Travellers-Fare with Hornby's Mk.1 Restaurant-Buffet car
Hornby expands its range of retooled ‘OO’ gauge Mk.1 coaches with a brand new tooling for the Diagram 24 Restaurant-Buffet car (RB) and the Diagram 33 refurbished version (RBR). It models the vehicles in both original form, finished in BR maroon and Southern Region green, together with the RBR refurbished coaches. They remained in frontline service well into the 1990s, including Cross-Country workings.
Class 92 revolution
Despite its complex shape and high detail ratio compared to other modern six-axle locomotives, Revolution Trains chose the Class 92 to be its first 'N' gauge locomotive model.
A dig into the Rail Express archive has revealed some rarely-seen photographs of the former rail-connected Express Dairy bottling plant in South West London, which today is the site of a large mosque.
1990s ‘N' gauge Class 950
Work on the ‘N’ gauge Class 950 Track Recording Unit project, a conversion based on a standard Graham Farish Class 150/1 model, is concluded by finishing the model in 1990s condition.
Big Sky's Moment of Glory
The most rugged resort in Montana gets speedy lifts, luxury hotels, and fine dining to match its extreme slopes
Days of our lives
Fresh Marinara Sauce in Minutes
If you have five minutes, then you have time to make this no-stir, no-simmer, über-healthy tomato sauce.
INTO THE WILDS
JESSICA ZEVALKINK AND LUKE YEATES SET FREE IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ WITH THEIR NEWLY RESTORED YACHT AND NEW BABY
As the sinfully good Netflix procedural drops its final season, here’s what you need to know
Not a Safe Space
Sanctuary City is an undocumented immigration story that takes a sharp turn.
Acoustic Blues Musings, Pt. 1
How to choose a blues box and strings.
Selena Gomez: BACK FROM THE BRINK!
THE FORMER DISNEY STAR OPENS UP ABOUT HEARTBREAK AND HEALTH WOES IN A CANDID NEW INTERVIEW.
Back Burners, DAYS OF OUR LIVES
DAYS came roaring back from its Olympic break with must-see moments aplenty, as one marriage fell apart and another got a much-welcomed reboot.
Tuning In to a Happier City
Noise is an irritant of urban life. But there are ways to make it easier on the ears—and the psyche