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vsign7marfi 460x270 - The Victoria Line's really big 50th birthday!

This is it! The big day! 7th March 1969 when the Victoria Line really came into the world. On this day fifty years ago the Queen rode the new automated trains and officially opened the new line in a ceremony at Victoria station. There are 150 images on view. That’sRead More →

IMG 4752fi 460x270 - Runaway tube trains #2

In the first part of this we looked at runaway trains on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly Lines. This second part looks at those lines which one would assume did not have runaway trains of any sort. These are the Victoria, Waterloo & City and Island Lines. The latterRead More →

DSC 0810fi 460x270 - Victoria Line oddities

In just six weeks time its the Victoria Line’s big anniversary. The 1st September last year was commemorated with celebrations by Victoria Line and TfL staff and included special publicity, posters, special birthday cakes, speeches and so on. The one in December was missed off because its not really significantRead More →

vl1dec1968 460x270 - Victoria Line 50th Anniversary #2

On this day, 1st December 1968 the Victoria Line opened stage two of its Walthamstow to Victoria route which entailed just three new stations. King’s Cross, Euston and Warren Street. Much like the first stage, this second was conducted without ceremony with services starting to a normal timetable. Again itRead More →

1sept1968fi 460x270 - 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 →

vllondonspridefi 460x270 - Victoria Line anniversary news & tweets

The big anniversary is upon us – the Victoria Line turns 50 this weekend! There will be events taking place this weekend (and articles on this blog with pictures not seen before.) Quite a few people and organisations are already tweeting on the 50th anniversary of the line and aRead More →

DSC 0485fi 460x270 - Victoria station shambles!

Just a quick post – many people complaining the new facility at Victoria tube station is useless. TfL apparently imposing a one way system that forces people to walk ‘miles.’ From tomorrow access to from the Victoria Line and District and Circle Lines will be only possible via Cardinal Place.Read More →

DSC 0490fi 460x270 - 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 →

DSC 0084fi 460x270 - A Victoria Line station's belated 50th anniversary

Almost fifty and a half years ago the very first Victoria Line station opened. What?? No that can’t be possible, the line didn’t open until later in 1968. This is no anniversary of any sort! Get your facts right LondonBlog! Please let me have a say, thanks! This new station’sRead More →

IMG 6574fi 460x270 - New Victoria ticket hall opens

The huge expansion at Victoria tube station has been taking quite a long time. The new Cardinal Place was closed last weekend for works, but I dont think that was connected to the opening of this other new bit. The long awaited new and large Victoria Line ticket hall extensionRead More →

IMG 9256fi 460x270 - The Night Tube - First anniversary nite

One year ago the Night Tube officially began on 19 August 2016, though strictly services began in the early hours of the 20th August. Here are some pictures I took on the night of 19/20 August 2017 to commemorate that very first year. These were taken between 11.45pm and 01.30am.Read More →

IMG 6885fi 460x270 - The Night Tube - One Year Ago

I featured the night tube several times last year, including its first night, and today is the first anniversary of its beginnings on the Central and Victoria Lines, 19th August 2016. Here are some pictures from that very first night. Most have not been published before. All taken in theRead More →

DSC 0730sml 460x270 - King's Cross 'green lanes' - update

Today TfL staff placed new posters and stickers advising passengers not to stand in the green areas. These were placed right by the exits from the Victoria Line southbound platform at King’s Cross. Here are pictures of these. Notice how the poster is different from that at the top ofRead More →

DSC 0626sml 460x270 - King's Cross' tube's shoddy green lanes!

King’s Cross tube station on the Victoria Line (southbound) has recently seen a scheme introduced for an experimental period where sections of the platform are shaded green in order to show the areas that passengers should keep clear of. The idea is to encourage better alighting from the trains asRead More →

DSC 0047sml 460x270 - Hayward Brothers on the tube

Another as it happens blog post – and so soon after the first one! I wanted to gradually make it a regular feature but it seems I am diving in at the deep end. This one is being done at 4.00am – and again its about manhole covers. I amRead More →