What is it about the London Underground? Your Paris Metro and New York Subway don't engender passion like London's underground railway system. Melbourne's own City Loop certainly doesn't.
This fascination with the Tube is infectious. I have just printed out a map of the London Underground with a key to each station on the back. Now whenever a tourist in Melbourne asks me, I will have all the information to direct them to the appropriate Tube station in London. What????
You want some Tube trivia? I am sure I heard you ask.
This, I think teenage, lass used to write a blog about her adventures on the London Underground. Now she only seems to post photos to her Flickr site. Pity, I enjoyed reading her blog.
Clapham Junction is the busiest railway station in Europe. I just checked my map and I can't see why.
The Tube is hot and stuffy. Electric motors whirring. Friction from brakes. Other associated equipment and people generate a lot of heat to the point where the temperature on trains or at stations can rise on an extremely hot day to 47 degree Celsius. (It was damn hot when we were travelling on it last year).
The first London underground railway opened in 1863. The first real Tube was opened in 1890.
The last new line built was the Jubilee Line in 1979.
The much loved Maggie Thatcher removed control of the Tube from the Great London Council in 1984.
Who owns London's underground train system and who runs it and who maintains it is a mystery I have not been able to solve. Cheers Maggie.
I recall a blog mate's son being very interested in the Tube, and probably poured over the map as I am doing. I am not sure why we in Australia need to know about the Tube.
Back to the lass Version 3 point 1. Doesn't the architecture at Uxbridge Station excite.
How about the fantastic use of colour on the metalwork at the station where the Eurostar departs? Forget your traditional black at St Pancras. Great use of blue. London to Paris by train from St Pancras to Garde du Nord in two hours and fifteen minutes.
St Pancras has the Barlow Shed over it. The largest single span structure of its time.
You are still doubtful about the passion for London's underground railway? Give me the url of New York Subway blogs or Paris Metro blogs. Here are a couple for London.
One Stop Short of Barking.
I haven't worked out why the Tube aka the Underground generates so much passion, but it is a pretty good train system to get about on.