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Old August 8th, 2011, 09:59 PM   #2361
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Old August 11th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #2364
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Fascinating how butch-sounding the A stock gasps compared to the new, delicate replacements
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The A stock sounds like an old train, which it is.
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Old August 14th, 2011, 04:40 PM   #2366
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Old August 15th, 2011, 09:44 PM   #2367
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Rethinking the Tube map: A design for strife

Harry Beck's Tube map is an undisputed classic, but a recent attempt to improve on it has derailed the consensus, as Chris Beanland discovers

One simple yet brilliant brainwave has guided travellers around London for 78 years. Harry Beck's Tube map is one of the greatest examples of graphic design in history.

Beck was an engineering draughtsman whose radical idea to straighten out and simplify the Underground lines was way ahead of its time. It was pure modernism. And it has lasted, in different incarnations, right up to the present day.

Geographers talk of mental maps – the way in which the human brain understands the space around it. For tourists and visitors – and even Londoners – the city in their mind's eye is shaped like the city Beck depicted using multicoloured lines set at 45-degree angles.

So when an idea for a new Tube map was unveiled by Mark Noad in June this year, feathers were ruffled. "London is my home town so I know the tube system well and the classic 'Beck' diagram has always worked for me," he says.

"But, in recent years, a number of friends from outside London and overseas have told me they found it confusing and made navigating the city difficult for them. The geographical inaccuracies were obviously an issue for people unfamiliar with London so I thought it was worth looking at the map again to see if there was an alternative approach." So the designer took a brave step – he reimagined the map without Beck's commitment to straight lines. Noad's map looks more like how London looks – with stations placed nearer to their true geographic locations.

Not everyone is enamoured with it. "Noad's design in particular seems to be simply an update of the geographically correct map designs that were ditched when Beck's design came along. "I don't think there's any point in radically redesigning something that's so successful," Angus Montgomery, news editor of the website Design Week, says.

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Old August 18th, 2011, 12:25 AM   #2369
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Funny how those tube stations appear smokey as ever
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^Do you mean musty? It's because of the brake dust that old trains produced. LU has a distinctive smell because of it.
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Nope! because musty's purely related to odour or taste although I guess I meant hazy

Interesting remark about its mustiness, because the only other region where I've smelled that odour was outdoors on the Detroit River's south/east bank in Windsor's Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens whereat the strength of the smell induced me into loitering at least a quarter hour

(I can't understand the novelty at filming wholly darkened runs from tube cabs there -- I mean, why not just glean the videos of the lengthier filmed voids )
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Old August 18th, 2011, 10:44 PM   #2372
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(I can't understand the novelty at filming wholly darkened runs from tube cabs there -- I mean, why not just glean the videos of the lengthier filmed voids )
Strangely compulsive viewing though...

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Croydon Tramlink's new trams have been revealed.

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Stadler wins London Tramlink tram order
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UK: Stadler Rail has won a contract to supply six Variobahn trams to increase capacity on the Tramlink light rail system in south London, Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced on August 18.The first of the new trams is scheduled to be delivered 'this winter' and all will enter service in spring 2012, allowing a more frequent service to be operated on the busiest part of the network through central Croydon between Therapia Lane and Elmers End.
Details (and image of the tram): http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/new...ram-order.html
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Nope! because musty's purely related to odour or taste although I guess I meant hazy

Interesting remark about its mustiness, because the only other region where I've smelled that odour was outdoors on the Detroit River's south/east bank in Windsor's Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens whereat the strength of the smell induced me into loitering at least a quarter hour

(I can't understand the novelty at filming wholly darkened runs from tube cabs there -- I mean, why not just glean the videos of the lengthier filmed voids )
I think the haziness is for the same reason...
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^Do you mean musty? It's because of the brake dust that old trains produced. LU has a distinctive smell because of it.
For some reason, coming off at junction 30 of the M62 (eastbound) always used to give me flashbacks to the London Underground, because it had that exact same smell. It must have been the substance used to resurface it.
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One of my favourite Underground sections, shame it doesn't go all they way to Ongar

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I think the haziness is for the same reason...
When our rubber-tyred trains with their excellent emergency braking suddenly stop ascending a long 6% slope, no passenger doesn't choke from the smeared smoke -- me, that sort of braking trouble here made me ill for a few days, which happened to occur some decades ago
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When our rubber-tyred trains with their excellent emergency braking suddenly stop ascending a long 6% slope, no passenger doesn't choke from the smeared smoke -- me, that sort of braking trouble here made me ill for a few days, which happened to occur some decades ago
Sounds like anti-lock brakes are needed.
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Croydon tram service receives a boost



The regeneration of Croydon continues apace, with Mayor of London Boris Johnson recently signing a contract to roll out six new trams.

From early next year, the new London Tramlink vehicles will be in operation and it is hoped that this will help make a contribution to the restoration of the area following the damage inflicted during the riots earlier in August.

The trams will run on the busiest parts of the line, between Therapia Lane, central Croydon and Elmers End, helping to improve capacity and reduce over-crowding.

Mr Johnson noted that on his recent visit to the borough in the aftermath of the disturbances, he was "deeply moved" by what he saw and also "heartened" by the community's determination not to let the violence leave a permanent mark.

"Our Tramlink team did a great job of restoring tram services to the town centre so rapidly following the disturbances. And we hope the signing of contracts for the six new trams will provide a real boost to services when they begin running early next year," the Mayor explained.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced last week (August 18th) that councils will be able to apply for a proportion of a special new fund should they govern a community that suffered during the riots, with the finance to be put towards the clean-up operation and security.

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