I was having a look around Blackwell’s in Tottenham Court Road at lunch on Monday and spotted an impressive Londony book I had never seen before, London Underground Stations by Stephen Durin:
Just the cover photo grabbed my attention. I also dug the fact that my local Tube station was on the front, but even more I had a moment where I smiled to myself thinking ‘I have a local Tube station now’. Anyways, I ended up not getting it. As soon as I got back to work though I started thinking I should have treated myself to it.
I had a look for it on Amazon but there were no copies available. Likewise on eBay and a few other places. Hmm looks like it may be at least right now a bit on the rare side. There was just the one copy on the shelf at Blackwell’s as well.
Yesterday after work I cracked and made my way to the shop again to purchase it. Of course on my way there I got anxious thinking, oh no what if someone bought it. Luckily that didn’t happen and it’s now in my possession.
It’s brilliantly simple. Each page is a photo of the station exterior. Below it, in London Transport’s Johnson type face, is the station’s name, the year it was built and who built it be it the company name or the specific architect.
The most text heavy part of the book is the back cover describing the contents within:
It’s such an impressive tome my arm was a bit sore after holding it up long enough to go through each page. I’m glad I caved and picked it up.
Tube cleaning staff having a seat on some newspaper bags. Some good recycling there.
TFL currently have an exhibition on about the current and forth coming upgrades to various Tube lines. They just happened to host it in a station that’s been closed since 1994 that geeks like me would love to have a look inside. What a clever ploy. The station in question is Aldwych (formerly Strand before Charing Cross was renamed Strand for a while, all very confusing). Since closing it has been used for filming, training and private hires. The exhibit takes up the majority of the ticket hall; the platform level was off limits. The info on display can be seen online anytime, I was there to take a poke around.
The Surrey Street entrance and exit.
Interior of the original 1907 lift, the only one left on the network.
Booking hall found behind some temporary hoardings.
Phone booths, also behind the hoardings.
There’s a few more photos to see over at Flickr.
The new north ticket hall at King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station (to use it’s full name) opened today. It’s for the deep level lines – the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.
There’s a new outside entrance along Pancras road that is easy to get to from King’s Cross platforms 9, 10 and 11.
It leads right to the new, massive ticket hall. Seeing this makes you really realise just how small the old (but still open) one is.
Here we have the re-opend walkway to the King’s Cross concourse and the new ticket hall from the old deep-level ticket hall. Straight on is the new hall and taking a rightt brings you to the new concourse level entrance/exit.
The new concourse level entrace is off to the left of the old one. There used to be cash machines and benches here before scaffolding took over. Platform 8 is just off in the distance to the right. Will be interesting to see how this changes if any once the present concourse is demolished.
If you’re as into this as I am, there’s a few more photos and commentary over on Flickr.