archfi 690x495 - Euston's arch was demolished for a tube station!

Did you know the famous Euston Arch was in the way of the Underground? That new escalators and a ticket hall (to replace the old building and lifts on Melton Street and elsewhere belonging to the Northern Line) were needed? It turns out the demolition of the arch was necessaryRead More →

DSC 0305fi 690x495 - Mind those indicators!

Bank tube station is well known for its ‘Mind the Gap!’ announcement but these days it seems people should mind the indicators too – as well as the gap!! Anybody trying to work out what these indicators are denoting might not be looking where they are going…. Mind the doors,Read More →

1sept1968fi 690x495 - The Victoria Line 50th Anniversary Special

The Victoria Line has now attained its 50th anniversary. Certainly 2019 will be seen by some die hard enthusiasts as the true 50th anniversary as that is when Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the new tube route. The first section opened in 1968 (Walthamstow to Highbury/Warren Street) thus most ofRead More →

DSC 0490fi 690x495 - Victoria tube station - another step completed!

The new part of Victoria tube station, including the new bank of escalators, was opened today. The unofficial opening to the south ticket hall extension took place this morning. This gives alternative access to the Circle/District and Victoria Lines by way of a series of new passageways that link upRead More →

CCI12052018 0010bfi 690x495 - The old Waterloo & City Line shut 25 years ago

Twenty-five years ago today the Waterloo & City Line – as London knew it closed for good. The old line or the ‘Drain’ as it was affectionately known to Londoners had reached the end of its days. Friday May 28th 1993, was a whole day of celebrations and countless numbersRead More →

DSC 0581fi 690x495 - Reshaping London's tube for the future

Two new tube lines for London – without anyone really noticing! I actually wrote this in November last year on top of the series covering the Piccadilly Line’s extension to Cockfosters, but put it aside as I decided I wasn’t authoritative or knowledgeable enough to discuss such matters. I evenRead More →

DSC 0135fi 690x495 - Great big stickers on the Jubilee Line!

At the weekend I noticed a handful of Jubilee Line trains in service with these huge stickers that are clearly devised as part of TfL’s #travelkind campaign. Its clear this new campaign began at the weekend. Are they really necessary when there’s already stickers on all tube lines of aRead More →

DSC 0479fi 690x495 - 150 years of the Swiss Cottage line

Today is the 13th April 2018 (and its a Friday!) 150 years ago on this day the Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was opened – the opening day in 1868 was on a Monday! The Metropolitan and St. John’s Wood Railway was first incorporated on 29 July 1864 andRead More →

DSC 0733fi 690x495 - Modernising London’s sub surface lines #2

A second post on the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) including a look at the trains and track transmitters. The recent Easter weekend tests on the Edgware Road – Hammersmith Line were apparently successful – each station had engineers with computers testing the trains’ progress to see how they managed theRead More →

DSC 0329fi 690x495 - Scruffy Bakerloo Line trains

The Bakerloo Line’s trains are dreadful! In recent years the seats on the line were such a source of consternation so many people complained. For a while they seemed nice and clean but no worries what goes up must come down for the Bakerloo once again has scruffy trains! TheRead More →