A roundel made of bricks

The Lego shop in Leicester Square is a fascinating place. Plenty of famous structures made of Lego! But a while ago when I passed by, I spotted something very nice to see. It was a London Underground roundel made entirely of Lego! It’s Westminster and I took a photo of it outside. Whenever you are passing by, take a look for yourself!

And here is the Lego roundel next to a Lego built Big Ben! (Looks like Sherlock Holmes is investigating!)

Records of LT staff who fought in WW1 available

The junction of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road in 1927. (Stockholm Transport Museum)

Genealogy website Ancestry is making available some 35,000 records regarding London Transport staff who went to fight in the First World War. These include the tragic tale of a 19-year-old conductor who died on the first day of The Battle of the Somme.

These fascinating records help us remember the stories of the men and women who got Londoners from A to B every day…

Occupations within London Transport of those chronicled are wide and varied, and include porters, cleaners, platelayers, and signal box boys. The records cover the period 1863 to 1931. Incidentally, it was in 1863 that the first underground railway opened in the world: The Metropolitan Railway in London.

Ancestry’s senior content manager Miriam Silverman said: “These fascinating records help us remember the stories of the men and women who got Londoners from A to B every day, from the infancy of public transport in London in the 1800s to the early 20th century.

“But they’re also a source of important historical information about the First World War, workplace diversity and the day-to-day lives of normal people.”

Gospel Oak to Barking line reopens…but works miss target

Today (27th February), the Gospel Oak to Barking line on London Overground after five months of full closure for important National Rail works to convert the line to electric.

Although the line has reopened it has been revealed that National Rail had failed to complete the planned works on time. This was due to the fact that the structures that were meant to carry overhead lines were of the wrong design. This means there will be further delays and several materials were not delivered on time either. More closures will be planned meaning more disruption to passengers.

Transport for London are planning to get compensation from National Rail for not delivering the works on time. National Rail, however have insisted that the works will be delivered in good time.

New trains will arrive next year which enable four car electric trains to operate.

Getting rarer…

I was on board the very few D stock trains operating on the District line. The S7 stock is gradually taking over the line. If you love old trains, then take the opportunity to ride on one of these. Although no official word has come when exactly the D stock trains will be phased out on the London Underground, it could be anytime soon! Here’s a couple of photos of the interior…

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