Tag Archives: Station

Weasel Walk

A weasel being taken for a walk on a lead

They really do take weasels* ferrets for a walk up north! This was a surprise find when we visited the Tanfield Railway recently.

Later I met the owner at Causey Arch, a couple of miles from where this photo was taken. The ferret’s name is Peace.

* = Thanks to commenter rjbuxton for the correction. It seems my brain went on holiday for a while 😉

The talking statue

Brunel: One of London's Talking Statues

Since the last time we met Brunel, he’s moved platforms* and become one of London’s Talking Statues.

Hugh Bonneville plays the part of Brunel.  I can feel another London project coming on…

* = The Paddington bench currently resides where Brunel used to be. They remind me of the Musical Statues game we used to play as children 😉

Brunel statue at Paddington Station

Friday Bench: A Big Comfy Chair

Friday Bench: A comfy chair

I had to quietly wait to take this photo as there was a lady in front of the chair talking to someone on her mobile phone. When she  finished and realised I was there I was regarded with grave suspicion and tersely asked ‘What do you want?’

My reassurance that I wanted to take this photo hardly helped. Her suspicious, bad tempered look changed into incredulity as her thoughts considered the possibility she had a loony in the ladies loo with her! 😉

The view out the window is into Liverpool Street station.

If you’re feeling queasy…

Service information at Acton station

I’ve seen this kinda thing on Twitter previously and enjoyed them, though recently there’s been a suggestion they might be generated rather than genuine.

So I was pleased to find a genuine Service Information poster on my last visit to London 🙂

 

The Language of London

Poster advertising the Language of London exhibition which celebrates the Johnson typeface

How wonderful to find this poster advertising an exhibition which celebrates the Johnston Typeface.

The typeface was commissioned in 1913 by Frank Pick, the Commercial Manager of the then Underground Electric Railways Company of London.

As you can see by the adjacent poster, this iconic typeface is still in use on the Tube today.

 

A New Bridge for Chippenham

An early morning start last week allowed me to view the recently opened new bridge at Chippenham station.

This replaced the previous one which only gave pedestrian access to the centre of town (there is another bridge for getting to the platforms) and the Barrow Crossing which I’ve featured before.

It also allows access to the platforms via stairs and a lift. For some reason the bridge’s windows have locks on them, which are locked. I wonder when they’d be opened and who would do that.

It’s only taken 25 years of campaigning and a few million pounds to get this new bridge installed. If the line wasn’t in the process of being electrified (the old bridge was too low for that), would we still be waiting?

You can get an inkling of what the old bridge was like here.