Commuters face 18 months’ disruption as bus station closes


More disruption to croydon

Originally posted on Inside Croydon:

West Croydon Bus Station closes this weekend, with 18 months’ worth of disruption ahead for bus, tram and rail passengers as works are undertaken to reconfigure the interchange at the north end of the Whitgift Centre.

An artist's idealised imagining of the new West Croydon Bus Station. Notice the near-total absence of buses. Or people...

An artist’s imagining of the new West Croydon Bus Station. Notice how few buses, or people, there are …

Each year, eight million passengers use West Croydon Bus Station, which as well as being an interchange with the Overground service into Canary Wharf and east London and other rail lines, plus Tramlink, is also served by 23 bus routes, nine of which terminate there.

Around 150 buses pass through the bus station every hour.

Until early 2016, those buses and passengers will be re-assigned to stops and bus stands on other nearby roads, some several minutes’ walk from the railway station.

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Those were the days!

Originally posted on Albion Yard:

MRJ 0 & FRMR First editions

First editions

Tonight, thirty years ago, as the doors closed at Scaleforum, Paul Karau, Gerry Beale and Bob Barlow arguably instigated one of the biggest changes in the UK’s model railway publishing, with the decision to produce a magazine dedicated to ‘finescale’ modelling, and Model Railway Journal was the result. Cheekily Wild Swan had pre tested the test issue, by putting a couple of articles into their brilliant but irregular ‘British Railway Journal’, it was real come and chase me stuff! My previous post highlighted the arrival this week of FRMR, a new addition to the UK analogue model railway media. Its first face to face meeting with the public was this weekend, thirty years after the gestation of MRJ, and at the same finescale show  Scaleforum scaleforum/2014/ , run by the Scalefour Society  Its been interesting to take a quick look at the…

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ESNG exhibition – April 2015 – update

Originally posted on esngblog:

April 2015 seems a long way away – but I’m sure it will soon be with us.  But I’m relieved to have booked all the exhibits we need by October (barring disasters of any kind, of course).  I think it’s going to be another strong show.  What will we have on offer?

ESNG club and member layouts

  • ESNG N-mod modular layout
  • Waitawhyle – Neil Cocksedge – BR Blue diesel Settle & Carlisle
  • Oakhurst – Ian Sparshott  – BR preserved railway
  • Roselle Park – Jon Bartlett – Lehigh Valley, USA (if I can make it presentable)

Visiting layouts

  • West Berks N-mod modular layout
  • Burshaw North Western – UK
  • Shark Fin Yard – USA
  • Dawes Creek – Australia (it’s not named after our chairman – I hope.)
  • Kuritu – Japan (and an interurban, too)

Trade and societies

  • BH Enterprises -
  • NScaleCH
  • Invicta Model Rail
  • JB’s Model World
  • ESNG Club Shop
  • N-Gauge Society Stand and Shop


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‘Help me improve services for families affected by autism’


A worthy cause

Originally posted on Inside Croydon:

andrew rendleANDREW RENDLE, pictured left, wants to hear from those in Croydon affected by autism, to share their experiences of the services they receive

After I was elected to the council in May, I was honoured to be made the deputy cabinet member for people and communities which among over things covers health and adult social care. I was delighted also to be made Croydon’s champion for autism.

The champion role is something I wanted from the moment I decided to stand for election in Ashburton. As the father of a four-year-old who has been diagnosed with ASD and another on the waiting list to be diagnosed, it’s a subject I have immersed myself in. With the support of the new administration, I want to make Croydon a flagship borough in helping those on the spectrum, and their carers.

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The Great Eastern 2-4-2Ts: Part 3, The Y65, M15R, G69 and the Hybrid Classes

Originally posted on Basilica Fields:

In my original plan, the time-frame for Basilica Fields was going to span the early 1900s to circa 1915,  but somewhere along the line I dialled both ends backwards which means that the four classes of engines featuring in this entry will no longer play a part as their presence in an 1890s/early 1900s setting is an anachronism too far, even for my pet cat, Schrödinger. However, one or two of them may make an appearance elsewhere down some diverse branch of the Basilica Fields multiverse (but enough of that wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff for now) so I’ve included them for completeness.

Upon James Holden’s retirement in December 1907, the position of Locomotive Superintendent was passed to his son Stephen Dewar, a decision which privately infuriated Frederick Russell, head of the Locomotive Design section at Stratford Works, who felt the position should have been offered to him. And not without good…

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Visit to the Swanage steam railway

As mentioned earlier, on the way back from Weymouth we popped in on the Swanage railway. Starting from Norden we met Battle of Britain class loco  Manston which was to be our engine (seen at Norden about to uncouple and run round).


After a 25 minute ride to Swanage we got off and Manston ran round for the return trip.


After a walk down to the seafront and a spot of lunch we returned to the station for the 2 O clock train – having a wander round the station I met up with a Cl.08 shunter which had brought in the carriages for the diner special.

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I would of got more photos of the class 33 instead it decided to move before I could get to the end of the platform


One thing that did tickle my fancy were the old posters – whether they are original or reproductions it is hard to say but it was good to see the Palace being advertised.


For the return journey we rode back in the Devon Belle observation car – for a pound supplement we treated ourselves to a ride in comfort. Very plush and lovingly restored with a history of the coach thrown in.

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Although we were supposed to leave at 2pm we did not leave till about 2.15pm. As I took a lot of video it soon flattened my batteries so unfortunately there were no more photos of the return.


A good trip – very impressed by the railway.