Steam train pictured crossing the Thames at Richmond

Rob PowellBridges

OnTheThames.net recently took a look at what was going over the Thames when a steam train crossed the river at Richmond. The Peppercorn class A1 Pacific Steam Locomotive Tornado was pulling the British Pullman train from London and out into the Surrey Hills. The steam train is pictured above crossing the Thames at Richmond Railway Bridge. From there the Tornado, Britain’s first new …

HMS President 1918 arrives at Chatham Docks

Rob PowellNavy, News

HMS PRESIDENT came down the Thames yesterday and turned in to the River Medway where she entered her new temporary home at Chatham Docks. The historic warship from WWI has left the Embankment in London – her home since 1922 – to make way for the new Thames Tideway sewage tunnel works. With her dazzle ship livery, President arrived at Chatham …

Thames Barrier closes for the first time this winter

Rob PowellNews, Weather

LONDON’s flood defence system shifted into action yesterday in response to high river flow levels and a predicted astronomic high tide. The twin threat saw the Thames Barrier begin to shut shortly before midday, remaining closed until about 5pm. It was the first time this winter that the barrier at Charlton has been raised by the Environment Agency. With the …