This is the first of two posts about items that relate to the work of this site that I got hold of at my employers auction yesterday.
IMAGING AND IDENTIFYING
As is usually the case with the stuff that I purchase at auction I spotted this item while imaging it, and put it down as one to bid for as soon as the auction was live. Here is the image that everyone saw of the item, which will make its relevance obvious…
I duly put in a commssion bid for this badge in the full expectation of getting it (I have to bid this way because on the auction day I am unlikely to be able to bid on my own account), which duly happened. It was well displayed on the day in an exhibition case…
I tried several methods of imaging the item at home, as shown below.
SPECULATIONS ON MAKING THE BADGE USEFUL
My first thoughts about whether I could actually turn this into something that I could use ran along the lines of possibily having it re-engraved with the address of this website, but I am now thinking that if I do anything to it it would be to have the website address around the ring (top and bottom), and keep the London Transport bit.
Welcome to the latest installment in my series “London Station by Station“. I hope that you will enjoy this post and be encouraged to share it.
THE ULTIMATE IN TRANSPORT NODES
A SOUPCON OF HISTORY
Victoria Underground station first opened as part of the Metropolitan District Railway in 1868. The construction of this of the system was combined with the building of the Victoria Embankment, and was designed and overseen by Joseph William Bazelgette who was also responsible for the design of London’s sewer system. Peter Bazalgette, the TV producer who has a bridge programme from the 1980s to his credit and Big Brother to his debit is a great-great nephew of Joseph William.
The infighting between the Metropolitan District (now the District line) and it’s supposed senior partner the Metropolitan meant that the Inner Circle (now the Circle line), the other line to serve these platforms was not completed until 1884.
In spite of giving its name to the line in question, Victoria was not one of the original Victoria line stations, opening as part of the second of three tranches in 1969, before the final section from Victoria to Brixton opened in 1971.
A PHILATELIC DIGRESSION
One of the quirks of the Victoria line is that every station features a pattern o a picture of some sort used as a motif. The pattern used at Victoria, is based on one of the most famous items to feature a picture of Queen Victoria, the 2d blue postage stamp. I do not have a picture of the London Underground pattern based on it to hand, but this was lot 682 in James and Sons’ May auction…
THE TRANSPORT HUB
Victoria is the most used station on the entire London Underground network. In excess of 60 million passenger journeys per year start or finish at this station. Victoria is a major train station, serving a wide variety of destinations to the South and East of London, including running the Gatwick Express, which connects to London’s second busiest airport. There is at the moment a bitter rivalry between Gatwick and Heathrow over who will get a new runway. My own view? Neither – do not build the thing at all – instead encourage people away from aeroplanes.
In addition to the train services there is Victoria Coach Station, from which you can reach most parts of the country, although some of the journey times are very long.
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC FINALE
As usual for these posts I have some map pictures…