100 Journeys: No 8

A number of things puzzle me about the choices made on the Central London Journey Planner maps installed in tube car interiors. You know the ones – they summarise the business end of the tube map in Central London. What exactly the map shows varies from line to line so for the purpose of this post I’m focusing on the Central Line’s 92 stock variants. These are open ended thoughts and as always responses are welcome…

  • Why have the designers gone to the effort of showing the 3 prongs of The Overground branches south of Surrey Quays without showing the next stations? Granted, space is at a premium on the map here, but there’s still enough room to at least incorporate New Cross where the 3rd branch terminates anyway. There’s also ample space to show Queen’s Road Peckham.
  • Could The North London Line not have been completed? There’s a gap where it disappears between Camden Town and West Hampstead…
  • Why is The GOBLin (Gospel Oak to Barking Line) shown at all? Yes we can see there’s some Overground at Barking but we have no idea where it goes… This is especially curious as the standard map includes a walking interchange between Wanstead Park and Forest Gate which is not shown here.
  • Why is Elephant & Castle not shown? There would be enough room to shuffle Lambeth North up and provide a useful bit of information about this key interchange.
  • Why were Cutty Sark, Perivale, Belsize Park and Upney to name but a few deemed unworthy in favour of a little more room?

What’s omitted from your line’s Central Journey Planner?

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S Stock By Bachmann

Needless to say I’m super excited by the announcement of a factory motorised S-Stock set from Bachmann. So much so that this info couldn’t wait for the Weekly to feature on CAS, so here comes it’s own article…

Image From LT Museum Shop

Although 1:76 models of tube trains have been available for a number of years from other manufacturers (notably EFE), none have come pre-fitted with motors. Bachmann will offer a starter 4-car train pack which will set you back £280 or the full 8-car formation for a whopping £439. They’ll also offer a number of intermediate cars for £39.99 each so you can make up S7 and S8 formations from a starter 4-car pack in your own time…

“Why has the Museum commissioned this model?

London Transport Museum is a Registered Charity and all the money raised from the sale of these models (and all other Museum commercial activities) helps to preserve, exhibit and promote our world class collection and support our charitable activities.”

Those might be eye watering prices, and whilst I’m sure Bachmann are going to take a cut, at least your money is in part going to the good cause of railway preservation. It’s also worth considering that the prices are comparable to what you might pay to make up a full HST-set.

There’s nothing in either the Bachmann or LT Musuem press releases to suggest these sets will be limited but they will only be sold exclusively through the Museum Shop so expect them to be popular, with potential to sell out quickly!

Pre Orders are currently being taken and the models will be available from the Museum Shop in early October.

Read the full press release here: S Stock Model Underground Train | London Transport Museum Shop.

– Andy Carter

Side Tracked: BBC St. Mary’s Tube Station Tour

I found this interesting short film from the BBC as part of a Radio 4 documentary back in 2010. David Leboff takes you on a short tour of the disused District Line station St. Mary’s.

St. Mary’s station became surplus to requirement in 1938 when Aldgate East was relocated further east. Some interesting features of the station still remain today…

[youtube.co.uk=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa0VtPj036c]

Video by BBC