Monday, 16 January 2017

Chronoyster - 10 January 1863

The first post in this series features the first seven stations that opened with the Metropolitan Railway on 10 January 1863. Wikipedia has Edgware Road as opening on 1 October 1863. Sam Cullen of goes by that list, but I can't find any source that indicates why Edgware Road opened later than the other stations. I suspect that someone (probably American) misunderstood the format of the date 10/01/1863.

I'm trying to take a photo for each station, related to art, design or architecture, or of some notable oddity. If necessary, a location close to the station. But keeping away from anything railway related.

Route map of London Underground as it was 10 January 1863

Paddington (Hammersmith & City / Circle)

I'd never been to look at the "Rolling Bridge" at Paddington Basin, so I took this opportunity. It was designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the same man who designed the "New Routemaster" bus and the Olympic cauldron for London 2012. It has to be the most pointless location for a bridge - the channel it crosses is a dead end about 30 feet long.

Edgware Road (Circle / District / Hammersmith & City)

This is "Wrapper", the 2012, artwork by Jacqueline Poncelet, which wraps an electricity sub-station at Edgware Road, from outside the station and from the platform.

Baker Street

Great Portland Street

Euston Square

A location just around the corner from the station now. Apparently, Giuseppe Mazzini once lived at 187 North Gower Street. Has anybody noticed how they cover the blue plaque when 187 North Gower Street plays 221B Baker Street?

King's Cross St. Pancras

A picture of the cash cow that is the queue waiting to be pictured at Platform 9 3/4.

Statue of famous locomotive designer Sir Nigel Gresley.


Next : 13 June 1864

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