Category Archives: Tube

Yes! London Underground once had a streamlined tube train – although the speeds it would have been doing did nothing of any sort to smoothen the train’s actual progress. Despite claims the design was to enable faster tube speeds, it was said ‘After making experiments,’ it was ‘reported that there was…

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Briefly, this is an overview of the problems of tube trains running beneath the Barbican Estate in the City of London, and the huge noise nuisance that’s generated as a result. My post looks at the history of the estate’s tunnels’ construction and how things look today. It also looks…

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A special post about the 1956 tube stock. Piccadilly Circus station staff sent a tweet (one of their earliest ones) in February of this year asking for information on a picture of a train at the station itself. Its a photograph I have seen before – but not in colour…

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This week a tweet particularly intrigued me. It showed the escalator steps at Kentish Town tube station with a quirky message ‘Stand on the handrail.’ An impossible task apparently – unless one was some sort of acrobat or tightrope artist. Clearly the message was removed very soon after the error…

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The official opening 30 April 1979: VIP ticket for the opening occasion! Source: Twitter Prince Charles opens the Jubilee Line 30 April 1979. Source: Twitter Another view of the Prince at the official opening, 1979. Source: Twitter Looking around the stations at Charing Cross. Source: Twitter This video shows considerable footage of the Royal opening…

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A post that does what its says on the label! But first a lovely photo collage from the London Transport Museum…. Opening scenes, posters and futuristic station architecture. Source: Twitter The Jubilee Line is, as some say, a silver fox. Its really so very old! Here’s a picture of the…

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The third part of the runway tube trains series. Waterloo & City, Island Line and other incidents are featured here. The first two posts covered incidents on the Bakerloo, District/Circle, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Waterloo and City Line Even the diminutive Waterloo and City line has had a runaway train…

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In the first part of this we looked at runaway trains on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines and continue with the latter two. This second and a third part takes a look at those lines which one would assume did not have runaway trains of any sort. However…

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Imagine a tube train that somehow finds its own way through tunnels. People may think it never happens but these ‘ghost’ tube trains do happen to be reality and whats more they carry a number passengers, no doubt quite terrified in some instances when their trains does strange things or…

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Quite a few bizarre adverts have been seen on the tube since just before the new year – these are for Blackmirror/Bandersnatch. My favourite is that at Oxford Circus (eastbound Central Line) which says “when you exit the platform the escalator you choose to stand on will affect all subsequent…

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