The episode of Thunderbirds, when they envisioned a time that the whole underground was abandoned.

(Officially abandoned that is, not the unofficial abandonment adopted by every British Government for 60 years after World War II).







The entrance to the Tower Subway - the first 'tube' line in the world. It ran under the Thames but was only open for a few months.

This is its north side of the river entrance on Tower Hill, rebuilt after closure. According to Mark Brader, the equivalent south side entrance "...fell to redevelopment" in the 1990s.







There were original plans to build a station at St. Anne's (in between Manor House and Turnpike Lane on the Piccadilly Line) but they were shelved before the line was built.

St. Anne's did get this ventilation 'station' though. It's hardly a design classic yet there is a virtually identical one between Wood Green and Bounds Green as well.







Oxford Circus station buildings: the original Central line one on the left and the Bakerloo line one on the right, both built by separate competing underground railway companies before the underground system was nationalised.

This is an excellent example of the wasteful duplication that direct competition can cause. Transport systems need cohesive central planning that have ease of use as the primary consideration, not the commercial interests of the financial world (though it could easily be argued that greater transport efficiency would increase company profits by lowering the working hours lost to transport inadequacies).

Other existing examples include: the separate Edgware Road stations of the Bakerloo line and the District/Circle lines, Queensway and Bayswater stations in ridiculously close proximity to each other, as are Great Portland Street and Regents Park stations...


(Mar 2004)







Paris, Barcelona, Madrid...







...just some of the cities that have efficient and clean underground systems...







...it is embarrassing and shameful to compare them with the London Underground system.
That comment however, prompted this response:

"Are you kidding? The tube has more character & charisma than all the other underground railway systems in the world put together.
"The only things embarrassing and shameful are the wannabee do-gooders that took away the 1938 rolling stock, old style tiling, trim, facades and soot that are the london underground......
"p.s. other than that comment, your website is awesome, thanks."

(Ian Bell, email. Apr 2005)

What was meant by the top comment is that London (in the webmaster's humble opinion) is one of the finest cities in the world; it should have one of the finest underground systems to go with it.







Lest the impression given is too dismissive of London's railway facilities...this is Bosra in Syria!




A most unexpected sight in Bratislava, Slovakia: what Travelcard zone is that in?





1938 stock.
These trains with the 'homely' interiors only disappeared from London's underground in the 1990s.







Inside of 1938 stock.

The aforementioned homeliness is not visually apparent here but these trains had wood panelling (not plastic), light bulbs (as opposed to fluorescent tubes) and seats that you 'sank into' (although that may have been caused by the ageing springs!).







1938 stock at Watford Junction when the Bakerloo line used to run that far.
The red brick building on the left has been demolished and the canopies have been removed.







Disused platform at Mansion House that disappeared from sight when the station was rebuilt:

"In fact Mansion house underwent two rebuilds.

The first in the mid 80's which addressed the platform area.
This was a major redevelopment scheme involving the demolition of the buildings over the station, including the substation which was temporarily relocated in the disused bay road to the west of your photograph. Beaver House and the Royal Bank of Canada were partners in redeveloping the site, together with the adjacent land connecting to Upper Thames Street, although the two construction sites were initially separately controlled. This project resulted in the complete renewal of all the platform level architectural finishes except that an asphalt surface was reinstated on the platforms, replaced by the later project. All this work was carried out during Engineering Hours and Possessions, whilst the station remained open for public use.

The second scheme carried out in the late 80's and under a station closure was essentially to rebuild the Ticket Hall."

(Roger Cox)






The disused terminating platform at Liverpool Street station on the Met/H&C/Circle lines. The covered section of it is no longer visible from the existing platfoms, while the land for the open air section has been given over to Crossrail.






The disused terminating platform at Liverpool Street station on the Met/H&C/Circle lines, facing the other way (toward Moorgate). The space seen here has been given over to Crossrail.



Lost station names




Photos taken between 1977 and 1981, except:

Pic 3 (St.Anne's Ventilation station) - 2001

Pic 5 (Paris Metro) - 1999

Pic 6 (Plaça de Catalunya station, Barcelona Metro) - 2003

Pic 7 (Aeropuerto station, Madrid Metro) - 2003

Pic 8 (Bosra, Syria) - 2004

Pic 9 (Bratislava, Slovakia) - 2008

Pic 14 (Liverpool St, London) - 2005