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Thursday, January 26, 2006

London Underground Logo used in India

This train will be calling at .....Mumbai

Some of you will remember that last November a group of us went to a really
fascinating talk by Mark Ovenden and Max Roberts - called Metro Maps and architecture of the world. In Mark's talk he had a section on how the London Underground logo or roundel has influenced the railway and subway logos of hundreds of countries systems around the world. Only yesterday Alan Williams kindly sent me two pictures of the roundel in use on a recent trip to India:

Chennai Metro - Tirusulam - India


"The first is on the Chennai metro where the familiar sign is used on all the stations."

Bollywood London Underground Tube Sign

He "saw the second sign in the midst of an industrial area in Mumbai, the building apparently is part of the original Bollywood."

Many thanks Alan! I think they're really good and if anyone else sees interesting uses of the London Underground Logo on their travels please feel free to send them in to me. Or just let me know if you've even seen the Tube roundel used anywhere unusual in the UK too.

Below is a reminder of just a handful of Metro signs from around the world and you can really see how London's logo has influenced some of them. Another characteristic they have in common is that most use the initial letter of the system's name in the logo and London is quite unusual as it doesn't!

Metro and Subway Logos From Around the World


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