Disused Tube Stations in London
There seems to be a fascination amongst film makers for this subject.
There's a similar fascination for the depth's of New York's subway system - and even
a list of abandoned stations
A former fellow officer in Cambridge University Computer Society has a set of pages about
the London Underground: he's also has had
a spot of bother with the Observer "newspaper".
London's Disused Underground Stations is an excellent reference book.
Some notable stations
- Post Office (Central Line)
- Actually a myth as to closure - renamed St Pauls.
- (By the way, the Post Office has its own underground railway for moving mail around London.)
- (British) Museum (Central Line)
- (Corner of Bloomsbury Court & High Holborn)
- Closed in favour of extra platforms at Holborn 1933.
- Down Street (Piccadilly Line)
- Replaced by the nearby Green Park in 1932.
- In 1940 was used as the underground Cabinet rooms while new ones were built (the ones now open to the public).
Some films featuring them
- Post Office & Museum featured as closed stations in the Department S
episode Last Train to Redbridge:
the baddies had tapped the London-Washington hotline at P.O.
[An aside: most TV/film dramas show the hotline as a telephone whereas it was
actually a private telex system - teletype terminal to teletype terminal.
The 1968 cabinet papers released at the end of 1998 have a fascinating section on this -
- Neverwhere, the 1996 BBC TV series by Neil Gaiman, also featured Museum,
as did the 1973 film Deathline (starring Donald Pleasence as a seedy police Inspector; produced by
the Alan Ladd Company). This mentions the change as occurring when the
small private companies were nationalised to form London Transport,
which was in the 1920s I think.
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