Decor For The Envisaged Piccadilly Line Terminus At Welwyn Garden City

INTRODUCTION

When I created my post about the Piccadilly Line one of my envisaged extensions was north from Cockfosters to Welwyn Garden City. Apart from the value of establishing an extra connection in that part of the world, there was also an extra reason for this, which I cover in more detail in my post on the Central line.

USING ANOTHER OF MY INTERESTS

I recently acquired a Butterfly themed first day cover, which on closer inspection showed a connection with Welwyn Garden City as well. Here are the pictures:

DECOR IDEAS BASED ON THESE

Several ideas occurred to me about using these on the Piccailly line platforms that I envisage at Welwyn Garden City:

  1. Tiling patterns on the platforms (a regular feature at London Underground stations these days). These would all look fine in a tiling display.
  2. Stained glass windows such as those on display at Uxbridge at the other end of the line.

3. A small butterfly exhibition (you can see examples of this sort of thing dotted about the Tunnelbana, Stockholm’s equivalent of London Underground)

4. Possibly a special ‘Red Admiral’ roundel somewhere.

A Topiary Roundel

INTRODUCTION

The roundel, used in various colour schemes to denote aspects of London Transport is oine of the most famous symbols on the planet, and this post features one highly unusual example.

HORTICULTURAL DISPLAY IN CENTRAL LONDON

This little piece of topiary sits just outside Euston station, on one of the busiest streets in Britain’s busiest city…

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Angel to King’s Cross The Indirect Way

INTRODUCTION

On Saturday I had occasion to visit NAS HQ in London for a training session (for a full account click here) and had the opportunity to take some London Underground themed shots after I had finished.

SERENDIPITY

Although I travelled to the event with someone else (who had specifically asked that we travel together as I knew my way to the venue and he was uncertain) he had things to do after the event, which left me free to go my own way at that point. We walked from King’s Cross to the venue, as I did not consider it worth the long descent to the Northern line at King’s Cross and then the ascent via the longest escalator in London at the other end for so short a journey. For the journey back, with only myself to consider I decided to use the underground, but not for a one-stop journey. In the end I went south on the Northern to Moorgate and changed there to the Met/ Circle/ Hammersmith & City lines to arrive at King’s Cross having only a short change to make.

ROUNDELS

As the good folks at Londonist have pointed out here, there is a lot of variation between roundels. While I did not see any really special examples, there were some quite nice ones which I captured…

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A roundel near the surface at King's Cross
A roundel near the surface at King’s Cross

This one is at ground-level, directly above a flight of stairs heading downwards.
This one is at ground-level, directly above a flight of stairs heading downwards.

SOME OTHER LONDON
UNDERGROUND THEMED PICTURES

In the course of this little journey I also got a few other pictures…

The southbound platform at Angel - exceptionally wide because in this space there used to be both sets of trracks either side of an island platform before the station was done up (Euston, Bank branch exhibits the same quirk for the same reason)
The southbound platform at Angel – exceptionally wide because in this space there used to be both sets of trracks either side of an island platform before the station was done up (Euston, Bank branch exhibits the same quirk for the same reason)

Circle/ Hammersmtih & City/ Metropolitan route map on enamel, Moorgate
Circle/ Hammersmtih & City/ Metropolitan route map on enamel, Moorgate

Metropolitan timetable
Metropolitan timetable

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A Circle/ Hammersmith & City/ District line train at Moorgate
A Circle/ Hammersmith & City/ District line train at Moorgate

Where the 'city-widened lines' began in the dim and distant past.
Where the ‘city-widened lines’ began in the dim and distant past.

Another legacy of the past near King's Cross - the original King's Cross platforms, just east of the current ones.
Another legacy of the past near King’s Cross – the original King’s Cross platforms, just east of the current ones.

Map, King's Cross
Map, King’s Cross

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