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Old May 17th, 2013, 01:10 AM   #3241
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BBC iPlayer - The Tube: An Underground History
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In 2013 London Underground is 150 years old. The world's first underground railway is spending its anniversary year celebrating its own history. They're sending a steam train back underground, and there's a Royal visit to prepare for. On the tube, history is everywhere - it's down every tunnel, in every tunnel, in every sign and design, and in the lives of the unsung people who built it and run it today.

Following on from BBC2's The Tube series, this programme tells the story of the underground through the eyes of the people who work for it. Farringdon station supervisor Iain MacPherson reveals why his station - the original terminus - was constructed in the 1860s, and recalls the dark days of Kings Cross in the 1980s. Piccadilly line driver Dylan Glenister explains why every Edwardian station on his line has its own unique tiling pattern and how, in the 1930s, the construction of new stations expanded the borders of London. And there's Head of Design and Heritage, Mike Ashworth, whose predecessor pioneered the art of branding in the 1920s and Customer Service Assistant Steve Parkinson, who was part of a wave of new recruits from the Caribbean from the 50s.

With privileged access to disused stations and rare archive footage, this is the tube's hidden history, revealing why it was first built and how it has shaped London ever since.
BBC Two - The Tube: An Underground History, The Revolutionary Tunnelling machine
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Taken to closed underground stations not open to the public the crew are shown how tunnels were built using the grate head shield, a revolutionary machine.
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Old May 21st, 2013, 07:00 AM   #3242
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Metropolitan line - Harrow-on-the-Hill
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Old May 24th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #3243
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Edgware Road Bakerloo closes after today due to lift replacement works.

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Old May 25th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #3244
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Old May 28th, 2013, 07:54 AM   #3245
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Bank felt like a deep bored maze. Pretty cool, but I'd utterly hate to use it every morning!


Looks like some kid of living organ.
The purple bits haven't been built yet, they are the congestion relief scheme for the northern line platforms there.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:05 PM   #3246
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1995 Tube Stock trains will be refurbished soon:

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Old May 29th, 2013, 04:30 PM   #3247
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Makes sense since they're almost 20 years old. Ye gods, they were brand new when I went there for the first time. I feel old now.
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Old May 29th, 2013, 06:24 PM   #3248
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I remember thinking how modern and futuristic 1992 stock was compared to the rest of the network!
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Old May 29th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #3249
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Grab rails seem to be the colour if some of the ones on the 09 stock. The advance of Barman moquette is depressing ironing out line individuality. Anyone know why 95 stock got a more 'extensive' refresh so to speak the the 96 stock?
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Old May 29th, 2013, 07:40 PM   #3250
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Will 1996 Stock be involved too? I hope to see London before they lose their typical electrical sound...
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Old May 29th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #3251
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The 96 stock have had the new Barman moquette installed and I think new floors(?) other than that they're the same
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Old May 30th, 2013, 01:35 AM   #3252
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Fantastic picture.

Looks like someones living room.
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Old May 30th, 2013, 04:15 AM   #3253
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Like someones living room ?

Where do you live !
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Old May 31st, 2013, 09:31 PM   #3254
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Did I say living room? Absolutely not what I meant to type, haha!

I meant close... :P ..Like in a block of Victorian tenements in Glasgow!
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Old June 1st, 2013, 06:15 PM   #3255
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Metropolitan line - S7+1 Stock
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 12:45 AM   #3256
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Weren't they used to be called S8 rather than S7+1?
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 01:30 AM   #3257
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Weren't they used to be called S8 rather than S7+1?
No some of the S8s are being sent back to Derby for modifications so several S7s have had an additional S7 car inserted to make them into S7 + 1s

This is similar to the way S8s were used for clearance checks on the Hammersmith and city line with a car removed. These were designated S8 - 1s

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Old June 2nd, 2013, 04:52 PM   #3258
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Do they plan conversion to automatic operations (like DLR) of other lines in London?

Driverless metro systems are the future, they are cheaper long-term and much less prone to strikes and other employee-related issues.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 06:03 PM   #3259
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Do they plan conversion to automatic operations (like DLR) of other lines in London?

Driverless metro systems are the future, they are cheaper long-term and much less prone to strikes and other employee-related issues.
Northern Line is in the process of conversion to TBTC ATO currently, joining the Jubilee Line, Central Line and Victoria Line as being ATO.

When the SSR upgrade is complete all of Subsurface S Stock trains will operate ATO using TBTC, but via radio beacons rather than the track cables used on the Jubilee and Northern Lines.

That'll then only leave the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines as 'manual'.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 08:03 PM   #3260
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Whatever happened to the test they were planning to do late last year on the jubilee line did they ever go through with it I remember the unions were lets just say not too pleased..?
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