Category: Tube

  • Oxford Circus escalator pics – the update!

    Hyde Park Now-Oxford Circus escalator pics - the update!

    Just over a week ago I published a feature on the new pictures at Oxford Circus tube which featured the history of escalators on London’s underground. One curiosity was the fact all the pictures were in chronological order other than the final three which were set out as 1976, 1950 and 2014 (that’s in the […]

  • Oxford Circus escalator pics

    Hyde Park Now-Oxford Circus escalator pics

    Work on the down northbound escalators at Oxford Circus is accompanied by a novelty rarely seen at any escalator work on the tube. This is a photomontage of images depicting escalator history and building. While this has been done at one, maybe two, other tube stations, this particular exhibit includes a photograph of London’s only […]

  • Hampstead tube building at Euston to be moved…

    Hyde Park Now-Hampstead tube building at Euston to be moved...

    The Charing Cross Euston and Hampstead (aka the Hampstead Tube) station building on the corner of Drummond and Melton Street will not be demolished, but rather relocated, according to what I gather (if it isn’t just a hearsay or something similar). The initial idea was to demolish it and replace it with a new head […]

  • 4G on the tube

    Hyde Park Now-4G on the tube

    The recent introduction of 4G on the Jubilee Line took people by surprise. I’m sure few realise it exists though this was quite well publicized at the time. There’s extremely fast speed to be gained from the section between North Greenwich and Westminster. This post serves as a reminder of that and there’s some useful […]

  • Sir Roundlington Lives!

    Hyde Park Now-Sir Roundlington Lives!

    Sir Roundlington is a name you’ve probably never heard of. He was supposed to be a new TfL mascot, but he didn’t make the cut. Other examples of short-lived mascots include Wilfred the bunny, who failed to make the cut in the 1920s. Sir Roundlington is probably the least well-known, and after being deposed from […]

  • eBay has 1938 tube stock for sale!

    Hyde Park Now-eBay has 1938 tube stock for sale!

    This is one of the units from the Island Line. The cost? ‘An eye watering price of £32,000’ says the Isle of Wight County Press! Someone claimed it wouldn’t be anything more than ‘an expensive shed.’ Another quipped ‘it won’t fit on your mantelpiece though!’ I’ll take that to be a fair enough warning… lol! […]

  • Victoria tube station 1969 & after

    Hyde Park Now-Victoria tube station 1969 & after

    As noted earlier the new sixties built tube line was originally planned to be a more substantial affair, however it turned out somewhat austere which led to numerous complaints. The only real relief in terms of visual appreciation was at the most important station of all – Victoria. This was the attractive tiled motifs featuring […]

  • Victoria Line Royal Opening 1969

    Hyde Park Now-Victoria Line Royal Opening 1969

    The occasion on which HM The Queen officially opened the Victoria Line was no doubt the most momentous in terms of Royals on London’s Underground. Prince Charles and Princess Alexandra indeed officiated also with openings of extensions to Brixton and Heathrow plus the Jubilee Line from Baker Street to Charing Cross. This particular one stands […]

  • Victoria tube station: Construction 1962 – 69

    Hyde Park Now-Victoria tube station: Construction 1962 - 69

    Continuing the series of comprehensive posts on the history of the Victoria Line – the new sixties tube was originally planned to be a more substantial affair, however as things turned out it gained a somewhat austere atmosphere – which led to a lot of complaints. The only real relief in terms of visual depreciation […]

  • TfL station gets Xmas makeover…

    Hyde Park Now-TfL station gets Xmas makeover...

    Santa really did give Oxford Circus station a mighty big Xmas makeover! It certainly beats me how it was done – maybe security had been lacking under the impression that it being the Xmas holiday and there was a partial lockdown (Tier 4 in fact), then no-one would be out to cause any problems. But […]