Paddington Pedestrian Procedure
Friday, 27 November 2020
Every Picture Tells A Story (2)
fbb did write that the best way from Paddington to the Central line was a short signposted walk to Lancaster Gate station. Even a medium knowledge of London would cause an interchange passenger to spurn the Circle/District line and a change at Notting Hill Gate for the short walk.
But, yet again, your error beset blogger was wrong! The walk is short but is NOT signposted - but, should energy levels be low, you could catch a bus. Until very recently, the best option was as follows.
Leave the circulating area at the buffer stop end of the platforms and make you way to the Lawn. This area is about the best low maintenance greensward imaginable.
This part of Paddington is said to derive its name from having been the stationmaster's garden in the period of the temporary station at the Bishop's Road Bridge between 1837 and 1850. The area was lost when Brunel built the present terminus between the great train shed and the back of the Great Western Royal Hotel. Brunel excavated it out and laid tracks up to the back of the hotel. A simple ridge-and-furrow Paxton roof was built above and iron galleries led from the back of the hotel to the departure and arrival platforms.Anyway ...
Nip up the escalators ...
... waving cheerfully and confidently at the poshly dressed personage with the proper topper as you pass by. Nip smartly across the road to the Metropolitan Railway station ...
... which, as its name suggests, is where you could catch a Circle or a District line train but NOT a Metropolitan line train.
Turn right and amble past the stop for bus 46 ...
... a distance of one whole stop! Like the bus, you turn left along Westbourne Terrace ...
... left at the main road and, Robert is your father's brother!
But the walk route is short, it is quick and it is easy - once you know!
Encouragement for Coaching?
East Yorkshire is full of optimism for 2021. The company has just published is holidays and toures brochure.
Regularly the line is reduced to an hourly service of just one working train. Roll on the 484s.
Our Scottish column!
Heaps better than its immediate predecessor.
But instead of encasing them in concrete or some inflammable (?) cladding, the columns have been retained as was and painted to match the new color scheme.Roger Ford's Kettle?
Switzerland has no indigenous sources of coal. But it has lots of mountains, lots of rushing water and thus lots of hydro-electricity.
So Swiss Railways had a cunning plan. When supplies of coal were lacking, particularly after the 2nd World War, they decided to create their own kettle.
Farewell To An Old Friend?
It makes fbb feel VERY old.
Eurostar As Well
fbb's new lap top arrived yesterday.
He expects to get it working by some date in the new year.
2025. Aaaaaargh! More tomorrow.
Next Lovely Logo blog : Saturday 28th November