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Monday, March 06, 2006

Centenary Tube celebrations & DLR extension rumours

Bakerloo Line is 100 years old

Ian (when he should have been changing nappies of his newly second born) sent me an email saying "Have you noted that this year marks the 100th anniversary of a few tube stations.... Covent Garden, Marylebone, etc.. Last year, the Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines were 100 years old. I presume the prehistoric rolling stock is part of some kind of celebration."

Well, according to the London Underground, the Bakerloo Line is 100 years old this year and on Friday 10th March there is an open day at Oxford Circus station where you can find out more about the centenary. I think I'd agree with LU on the centenary being this year as Baker Street to Lambeth North opened on the 10th March 1906.

In any case I bet that Leslie Green , the architect who designed a lot of the stations on the Bakerloo Line would be pretty surprised (had he still been alive) to see his stations still looking remarkably similar 100 years later.

Talking of old rolling stock, we heard at the Acton museum that there were plans to bring some 1933 Tube trains back into action for the Olympic Games. There are also pretty strong rumours according to Modern Railways magazine, that the Docklands Light Railway may be extended to Charing Cross by making use of the old Jubliee line platforms (thanks to Steve Everett for that). This is also confirmed by alwaystouchout who has more. The extension may also include re-opening Aldwych station! - see the tubechallenge forum.

Any more thoughts on the re-opening of old parts of the Tube most welcome.

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