Here is a tube map with all the destinations I’ve been to highlighted in blue.
BUT WAIT… “You’ve been to all 270 tube stations in one sitting?”
…and you’re quite right I have been to all 270 tube stations (in just under 19 hours if you want to know…), but this map depicts something slightly different. This map shows stations I’ve either entered or exited from and therefore been to the actual place it serves as well. It also includes The Overground and the DLR.
I’ve tallied it up and I’ve been to 170 stations*, which, excluding 4 years spent in The North, is probably around the going rate for someone who’s lived here all his life.
Now in real life that number may be slightly higher as I’m sure there are probably a few stations on this list that I may have visited at some point in my distant childhood… but for now the 170 I’ve highlighted I know are 100% true.
Are there any pattens?
Well it’s no surprise that the eastern end of the Central Line is almost completely blue. I grew up in Epping and now reside in South Woodford so the tube has been fully utilised to access the surrounding areas. I’m particularly proud Roding Valley – the least used tube station – makes the cut as I’m sure most Londoners would not have this on their list… (even if it was for this blog). Why not Fairlop? Er… there’s nothing there.
The DLR core routes also fare pretty well. Partly because DLR… and partly because I lived on the Isle of Dogs for a year. The stations were so close together it wasn’t hard to get round to using most of them for some purpose or another (mostly pubs).
Zone 1 looks pretty healthy too… and why would it not. That’s where all the stuff is. Only Bayswater can I say with any certainty that I’ve definitely not paid a visit to; but because I’m not sure about the rest I’ve had to leave the likes of Regent’s Park and Mansion House off the list.
And what of the rest? Well you start to see pockets of where friends live (The Tootings, Penge), sporting events attended (Arsenal, Wembley), gigs witnessed (Camden, Hammersith) and travels ventured upon (Heathrow, Tottenham Hale). Some stations come with specific memories and have been only frequented once – a job interview near Warwick Ave for example and filming done at Croxley for this very site.
Then finally a few stations appear “artificially” for WalkTheTube (West Ruislip and Ickenham) where joining and leaving the system was necessitated to complete the network efficiently.
BUT WAIT… “This map isn’t up to date.”
Nope. It isn’t. And there’s not really an excuse for that, other than I didn’t check when I printed it out… It’s also why there’s a (*) above by the 170 total.
Anyway, it would only really add Chingford, Wood Street and White Hart Lane to the list. Which does bare the question, should they be included if the visit was before the station was included on the map?… Should I also therefore include the Londonwide Rail Connections map?… If the DLR counts should Tramlink too?
I’m not going to answer these, I’ll let you decide your own rules for your own tally, because as Geoff says: Every Londoner should have one.
What’s Your Station Count look like? Comment bellow…