Catching the Last Train to Ongar – A Day Out at the Epping – Ongar Railway

The Epping – Ongar railway is a stretch of effectively abandoned track and stations at the far end of the Central line. The line originally opened to passengers on 24th April, 1865 as part of the the Great Eastern Railway. This extension on the existing line included the stations Debden (originally Chigwell Lane), Theydon Bois, […]

Tube Geeks on Tour – Geoff Marshall’s #Tubespotting

Everyone uses the tube in London. Most people touch in with their Oyster card, settle down with a Metro and look forward to arriving at their destination without giving their surroundings much more thought. Not so much tube expert, author and now stand up performer, Geoff Marshall. The man likes the tube, specifically the tube map, […]

All Aboard to Allentown – The Lehigh Valley’s Abandoned Railroad Stations

A tale of former passenger stations in Allentown, Pennsylvania – Allentown Terminal Railroad Station, Lehigh Valley Railroad Station and (East) Allentown Station for the Lehigh and New England Railroad Company. Allentown Terminal Railroad Station (ATR) and the Lehigh Valley Railroad Station (LVR) are the stations I’ll cover most thoroughly; they were the two main stations […]

The Last Train to Mertztown, PA – An Abandoned Station on the Reading Railroad

Whilst driving through the country roads of Pennsylvania, I happened to pass an incredible abandoned train station, which sparked a fun little research project about some of the abandoned stations and rails in and around Allentown. The station in question is Mertztown, and it was formerly a stop on the East Penn Branch of the […]

A Gold Mine in A Pump House – Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

Since it’s #MuseumWeek, I’ve been digging through my own archives of museum visits — and I realised I had somehow forgotten to post about the gem of a transport themed Aladdin’s cave that is the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum. It’s one of the strangest, but most charming, museums imaginable — but it’s also terribly hard to […]