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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Historic Basildon Pa- OMG They Shot Downton Abbey Here!

We took a day trip out to the beautiful Basildon Park House and grounds. The house was initially built between 1776 and 1783, but struggled to maintain consistent owners– majority for financial reasons. The house was considered never fully completed, and lay empty for many years (although was in use during both World Wars as […]

Vintage Ventures – The Secret Underground Bunker

Open House London is pretty much my favourite time of year in London. If you’re not familiar with it, check out the premise here. One of the most exciting buildings to see and explore in 2013 was the incredible World War II Standby Cabinet War Room at Dollis Hill – often called the Neasden Secret […]