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on flickr today


bus (some time in the 1930s) emerging from the north end of the blackwall tunnel.

the north end portal (of what's now the northbound tunnel) is still there, but not that obvious, and i've probably only ever seen it in my rear view mirrors.

double deck buses ran both ways through what's now the northbound tunnel until about 1967 (when the new - now southbound - tunnel was then used two-way for a year or so while the old tunnel was modified to be the northbound tunnel - the road surface was raised a bit and the pavements done away with, to make the roadway a bit wider - i'm told it was a bit tight when two buses met)
 

existentialist

Fabulous shoes
on flickr today


bus (some time in the 1930s) emerging from the north end of the blackwall tunnel.

the north end portal (of what's now the northbound tunnel) is still there, but not that obvious, and i've probably only ever seen it in my rear view mirrors.

double deck buses ran both ways through what's now the northbound tunnel until about 1967 (when the new - now southbound - tunnel was then used two-way for a year or so while the old tunnel was modified to be the northbound tunnel - the road surface was raised a bit and the pavements done away with, to make the roadway a bit wider - i'm told it was a bit tight when two buses met)
IIRC, the Blackwall Tunnel buses had special tyres with reinforced sidewalls, because there was a tendency for them to brush up against the quite high kerbs in the tunnel, and they got through normal tyres a bit quickly.

ETA: reference here
 
IIRC, the Blackwall Tunnel buses had special tyres with reinforced sidewalls, because there was a tendency for them to brush up against the quite high kerbs in the tunnel, and they got through normal tyres a bit quickly.

ETA: reference here
yes, likewise the rotherhithe tunnel buses (both routes ran from the same garage in Poplar - Athol Street until 1961 then the former trolleybus depot up the road)


route 82 was withdrawn in 1968, but i have conducted an RT on a service through the rotherhithe tunnel - it was a one-off for a special event some time in the late 80s (i can't remember exactly what or when now)

there was a (midi) bus route through the tunnel from 1988 to 2006 but i think any sort of bus would be ruled out by the current width restrictions
 

BCBlues

Lend us a Twenner
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Had a stroll from Hammersmith to Putney Bridge last week. Pics ain't great but it was very murky that day, the river still looks great though even on the dreariest days.

I had to come off the walk at Craven Cottage which is being rectified I do believe. I cut through the park then and headed for the Wetherspoons under those shiny blue flats.
That is some pub, I bet it gets rammed in.the summer.
 
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