Trains with wooden floors

A rather striking thing about the London Underground, or Tube as it’s referred to here, are the differences in trains between the various lines. Some are super-duper brand new and some are really, really old.
District and Circle Line must be on of the oldest, not only because it’s one of the slowest lines (!) but also, I suspect, since the coaches actually have wooden floors. Yep, wooden floors. It’s so cool.
The District and Circle line pass through both my favourite tube station – Gloucester Road – and the one I hate the most – Earls Court. To be fair to the latter, I only hate Earls Court since they’re always building something there, and the trains always wait ages there before departing.
There is something cool, albeit frustrating at first, at Earls Court, which is the sign indicating which train is next to depart, and in which direction. Its straight out of the late 60’s, that sign.
I was trawling the Net for a picture of the sign at Earls Court which shows the next train, when I came upon this posting by Witty Ditty re the District and Circle line. It makes for great reading.
No picture of that sign though. I’ll go and take one and post it on here.
I like Gloucester Road because they made it into a bit of an art display thingie with the clever use of the old arches and purple / blue lights. It seems Lachlan Cranswick from Melbourne also likes it – he put up a page about Gloucester Road tube station here.
The London Underground is one of the largest metro systems in the world. You can see more about it here.
– Riaan

2 Comments so far

  1. Sally Crawford (unregistered) on August 3rd, 1904 @ 6:55 am

    Hi, Riaan,
    I’ve got a feeling we may turn out to be not-so-closet train/tube spotters here. Hurrah.
    I’ve got pics of some of Charles Holden’s tube stations (Holden designed beautiful stations for the London Passenger Board in the 1920s and 1930s) which I will put up. A link is here.
    Pip pip,

  2. livinglikeadisaster (unregistered) on August 3rd, 1904 @ 9:29 am

    Riaan, (since youre our resident tube expert!) why is the c+d line practically a carbon copy of the NY subway system, when no other lines are?
    just wondered! :-D

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