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 […]

Vintage Ventures – Part One of North London’s Abandoned Stations

The latest round of tube visits and ventures are taken from the absolute bible for tube worshippers, Ben Pedroche’s ‘Do Not Alight Here’ and will include a history of and photos of the abandoned stations from his Camden Borough Part 1 walk. What won’t be included are any directions or guidance to get to the […]

Abandoned Senningen Zoo – Luxembourg

The Senningen Zoo was opened in 1968 in Senningen, Luxembourg. Despite its extremely remote location, it is reported that in it’s first year of business it was host to 125,000 visitors. There is almost nothing available online that describes the Zoo, or its operation, until we hit the mid-seventies- when the zoo was hit with accusations […]

Vintage Ventures- A Trip to Aldwych (Strand) Station!

In November 2011 Paul and I were lucky enough to get tickets to an open day at Aldwych disused tube station. The following is the history of the station as well as some pictures. There is something to mention though. London Transport Museum and TFL still open the station up on rare occasion for group […]

Vintage Ventures- Passing Brompton Road!

This post consists of the photos and directions from a walk around some of West London’s abandoned stations. As with the previous from Park to Palace walk, the directions in this walk that are blue are paraphrased from the outstanding book ‘Do Not Alight Here’ by Ben Pedroche. I’ve watered down his directions drastically, as […]

150 Years of The Underground Steam Train

During two weekends in January, TFL and the London Transport museum ran a Steam Train over some of the original sections of the Metropolitan line (and some of what is now the District & Circle lines) to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of what has today become the London Underground. The majority of runs of […]

Sketches for ‘Tube Etchings’

Following on from the post about submissions to the Londonist’s call for ‘Tube Etchings’ ( more info here ) and a suggestion that I do more quick sketches, I thought I’d try a couple new tube themed water colour sketches. I decided I’d base them on this picture, which is one of my favourites. It’s […]