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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Northern Line Centenary

Last week 15 stations on the Northern Line celebrated their 100th birthday. The Charing Cross, Euston & Hampstead Railway (CCE&HR) platforms were opened on 22 June 1907. Fortunately I was sunning myself in Palma on the 22nd but Gareth was passing through Chalk Farm and saw the celebrations, which sounded similar to ones I saw at Leceister Square last year

Staff at Chalk Farm taken by Gareth

He said LU "were getting into the spirit of things by decking the place out in balloons and having some staff dressed in period costume handing out centenary choclate coins to the customers - it was really sweet and I saw loads of people with a smile as they entered the depths of the Northern Line - itself a rare sight!

I grabbed a pic of two of the supervisors in their finery
". And very nice cheerful looking chappies they are. Thanks to Gareth for sending them in. Did you see celebrations at any of the other stations?

It looks as though there were some older trains put on from the terminal at Mill Hill East, although this wasn't mentioned on the TfL's site (however, a new station called Morning Crescent did seem to be celebrating!).

Mill Hill East celebrations taken by Brapps

When the line was extended northwards and southward in the mid 1920's it became known as the Morden–Edgware Line, although a number of alternative names were suggested such as “Edgmorden” and “Medgware”. Unfortunately neither were taken up and the Line was eventually named the Northern Line in 1937.

It's sad there's only the Bakerloo line that has this amalgamation of names. Personally, I wish the Piccadilly line was called the Cockerdilly line.

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