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Card Clash

16th September 2014

There’s really only one thing we can mention today, and it’s this …

Card Clash!

Card Clash!

It’s here! Beware the £8.60 maxium fare penalty charge that you’ll get if you tap in with one card and tap out with another. TfL really want you to make sure you use the same contactless card all the time, or there will be issue!

Also, have fun getting stuck behind a whole bunch of people getting either error 70 or 71 on the tube gateline.  The first means an NFC communications error, as it’s not sure what card to read, the second means it has detected two or more cards and (luckily for the passenger) it hasn’t charged either.

Good luck out there today … we think you’re going to need it.


Tube Map 2050

15th September 2014

Brian Butterworth (follow him at @briantist) who likes to design tube maps in his spare time now and then, came up with a projected tube map of the future last week – what the network might look like in 2050, if all the future TfL plans and new lines actually come to fruition and are added to the map.

Click on the small image here to get a VERY large image (in SVG format) of the whole thing!

Briantist Map

Briantist Map

Open Weekend

12th September 2014

The LT Museum Depot at Acton is open this weekend for the second time this year, and it’s a haven for geeks! What do you mean you’ve never been?

Full details on the LTmuseum website of what to expect – or  here’s Vicki a few of years ago with video of what to expect!

Barking Riverside

10th September 2014

TfL released their consultation a couple of days ago about a proposed extension to the London Overground which would extend it east and south by 4 kilometres – mostly over existing track but a new section over a new piece of proposed line to bring a railway station to the housing development planned at Barking Riverside.

Diamond Geezer looks at the social issues here, but for the consultation you’ll want to look at the TfL page here.

What we liked most of all though, because of how oddly strange it looks, is the new proposed London Overground map, which also contains the section between Romford and Upminster which may go over to the London Overground.

Click on the section of the map here to get the large PDF of the whole thing …

Barking Riverside

Barking Riverside

Gadget man on the tube

8th September 2014

How did we miss this? Thank heavens for catch-up TV.

The second episode of the new third series of Gadget Man on Channel 4 (Now hosted by Richard Ayoade) which started last week, found him on the Tube, and other forms of public transport.

In particular on the Underground, as the programme blurb puts it:

“Richard turns his attention to the noise, dirt and discomfort he suffers while on public transport. Russell Howard joins him on London’s tube to assess the effectiveness of gadgets designed to deal with poor air quality and extreme heat.”

Gadget Man

Gadget Man

TfL Accessibility Show

6th September 2014

We’ve just booked ourselves in on a one day event taking place at the ExCel centre on October 2nd.

It’s Access All Areas – a free public exhibition and conference about disabled and older people’s access to transport.

“The event will highlight current and future innovations aimed at making it easier for everyone to get out and about in the Capital. It will also provide an opportunity for disabled and older people and their organisations to discuss priorities for accessibility with leaders in the transport field.”

Access all Areas

Access all Areas

Electrical Diagram

4th September 2014

The great story of the tube map is that Harry (Henry) Beck working as an electrical draughtsman based the design of the tube map on an electric circuit diagram.

Dig a little deeper into the history though, and this ‘fact’ is debunked, but something that certainly did happen is that Beck had a little fun by reversing this around, and drawing a Tube Map in an electrical-diagram style.

We stumbled across this yesterday on the marvellous Map : Graphical Approach website, which has got lots of hi-resolution diagrams of the tube map which are worth clicking on and having a look at, including this wiring-diagram one …

Electrical Tube Map

Electrical Tube Map

Old map revealed at Embankment

1st September 2014

lcmap2With the escalator works taking place at Embankment station at the moment, during the installation of what looks like a new electrical box, workmen stumbled across an old map, hidden behind the white panelling that makes up the walls.

It’s on the eastbound platform of the District/Circle Line and is partially obscured by a mesh that covers it, but you can still clearly see a map from, well, what year?

Old Map at Embankmet

Old Map at Embankmet

“Get to know your London Connections!” says the map, with all the tube lines in their normal colours and every other railway in Overground orange!

But this is before the Overground, that’s not there; and the DLR is not there either so it must be pre-1987!

lcmap4lcmap5Look closer for more clues, and you’ll see that Broad Street is marked on the map – right next to Liverpool Street – which dates it to before 1986 when that closed.  Then, we spotted Stepney East railway station! That is what we now know as Limehouse Station and was called that up until 1987.

The ‘escalator link’ between Bank and Monument is shown, and the North London line too carries on past Stratford down to Woolwich … all great memories of what London used to look like.

lcmap3The biggest give-away clue is that that Heathrow Terminal 4 on the map was shown as being ‘Under Construction’. It opened in April 1986.

We did some research and found that the map was produced by Cooper Thirkell and that the release of this map coincided with the Greater London Concil’s  introduction of the Capitalcard – which later became renamed the Travelcard.

But overall it makes us wonder – all those station with modern white undecorated fascias, what other tiles and old maps linger behind them, untouched for many many years … ?

the metRopolitan line

29th August 2014

Here’s something super geeky (and suited for a pub quiz perhaps?) that we only worked out the other day – which Tube Line has got 22 stations in a row that all contain the same letter?

It’s the Metropolitan Line, which if you follow from Amersham all the way down to Liverpool Street you’ll notice has got the letter R in all of the station names.

In fact, if you look at all 34 stations on the line, there are only five stations that don’t contain the letter ‘R‘ at all!

We can’t see any other occurrences on the tube map where this happens – unless you know different…

Click on the image to see the WHOLE of the Metropolitan Line, and all of the R’s highlighted.

Metropolitan R's

Metropolitan R’s


Live Times at National Rail stations

27th August 2014

A bit cheeky/sneaky of us to put this one in here – as it doesn’t pertain to the Underground but to National Rail services instead, but it’s the first time we’ve seen it and is kinda cool, so we couldn’t not mention it.

It now appears that for all National Rail stations you can text the full name of the station to 84950 and within a few seconds it will text you back with the next departures from that station.

For stations with more than one word in their name, just type it in without the spaces as one long word. Try it!

Live times

Live times