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(Telegraph)   Mind the Gap. 150 facts about 150 years of London Underground history   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 31
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2013-01-09 10:24:30 PM  
the shortest journey costs almost 5 pounds???

fark going to england, mate
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-09 10:33:31 PM  
the shortest journey costs almost 5 pounds???

One branch of Boston's subway system rises above ground as light rail. It passes Boston University. That branch is sometimes called the "BU shuttle" because of the number of college students who ride the subway rather than walk a couple blocks. If they had to pay per trip (instead of having a flat rate monthly college-subsidized card) they might not clog up the system as badly.
 
2013-01-09 10:57:53 PM  
Oxford circus, carrying on after the box junction.

Your move.
 
2013-01-09 11:42:19 PM  
tfa: There is only one Tube station which does not have any letters of the word 'mackerel' in it

And we're off to a flying start.
 
2013-01-10 03:03:20 AM  

TheCharmerUnderMe: Oxford circus, carrying on after the box junction.

Your move.


Is that the Bandersnatch opening? I've not seen that play in years.

Putting a blue token on Notting Hill gate and advancing to Bond Street.
 
2013-01-10 03:08:18 AM  

WyldKarde: TheCharmerUnderMe: Oxford circus, carrying on after the box junction.

Your move.

Is that the Bandersnatch opening? I've not seen that play in years.

Putting a blue token on Notting Hill gate and advancing to Bond Street.


Ah, I see what you're trying to there, but I'm going to block your attempt at the cross platform gambit and play Charing Cross
 
2013-01-10 03:20:35 AM  

some_beer_drinker: the shortest journey costs almost 5 pounds???


That's heavy, man.
 
2013-01-10 03:54:10 AM  
I lived in London for 6 years, used the tube every day. Moved to Melbourne, Australia, got to the train station and couldn't believe I had to wait 15 minutes for a train - the tube trains come every 2-3 minutes.

Best experience - standing next to Christopher Lee (he's tall!).
Worst experience - watching a woman change her kid's nappy and leaving it on the seat next to me.
 
2013-01-10 04:15:12 AM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: WyldKarde: TheCharmerUnderMe: Oxford circus, carrying on after the box junction.

Your move.

Is that the Bandersnatch opening? I've not seen that play in years.

Putting a blue token on Notting Hill gate and advancing to Bond Street.

Ah, I see what you're trying to there, but I'm going to block your attempt at the cross platform gambit and play Charing Cross


Oh crap...and I knew YOU'D do it too. I'm going to lose priority now, but use one of my green tokens to transfer from the Northern to Picadilly Line at Leicester Square.
 
2013-01-10 04:49:58 AM  

some_beer_drinker: the shortest journey costs almost 5 pounds???

fark going to england, mate


5.The shortest distance between two adjacent stations on the underground network is only 260 metres. The tube journey between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line takes only about 20 seconds, but costs £4.30. Yet it still remains the most popular journey with tourists.

Yeah, the weird thing about that is that at Leicester Sq and Covent Gdn there are a dozen signs saying, "it's literally just around the corner, don't get the tube, walk, it'll only take a minute." (Paraphrased, unfortunately). I'm amazed it's the most popular with tourists. Although actually not being able to read English signs might account for that. I would have thought they would be the ones least likely to be in a rush, and more willing to take in the sights around Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

Reading those facts tells me that the best line is the Northern Line.
 
2013-01-10 05:25:48 AM  

Slaxl: some_beer_drinker: the shortest journey costs almost 5 pounds???

fark going to england, mate

5.The shortest distance between two adjacent stations on the underground network is only 260 metres. The tube journey between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line takes only about 20 seconds, but costs £4.30. Yet it still remains the most popular journey with tourists.

Yeah, the weird thing about that is that at Leicester Sq and Covent Gdn there are a dozen signs saying, "it's literally just around the corner, don't get the tube, walk, it'll only take a minute." (Paraphrased, unfortunately). I'm amazed it's the most popular with tourists. Although actually not being able to read English signs might account for that. I would have thought they would be the ones least likely to be in a rush, and more willing to take in the sights around Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

Reading those facts tells me that the best line is the Northern Line.


Charing Cross -> Embankment is only about 100m
 
2013-01-10 06:28:03 AM  
51. Busking has been licensed on the Tube since 2003.

52. Sting and Paul McCartney are both rumoured to have busked on the Underground in disguise.

Uh...what?
 
2013-01-10 07:20:22 AM  

some_beer_drinker: the shortest journey costs almost 5 pounds???


That'll be the cash fare. They *really* want you to use the Oyster card system, and the fares are maybe half of the cash ones. There's also a daily cap with the Oyster system.
 
2013-01-10 07:51:21 AM  

Slaxl: some_beer_drinker: the shortest journey costs almost 5 pounds???

fark going to england, mate

5.The shortest distance between two adjacent stations on the underground network is only 260 metres. The tube journey between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line takes only about 20 seconds, but costs £4.30. Yet it still remains the most popular journey with tourists.

Yeah, the weird thing about that is that at Leicester Sq and Covent Gdn there are a dozen signs saying, "it's literally just around the corner, don't get the tube, walk, it'll only take a minute." (Paraphrased, unfortunately). I'm amazed it's the most popular with tourists. Although actually not being able to read English signs might account for that. I would have thought they would be the ones least likely to be in a rush, and more willing to take in the sights around Leicester Square and Covent Garden.

Reading those facts tells me that the best line is the Northern Line.


Tourests most likely have a day pass so using the Tube for short journeys makes no difference. What gets me is the cost for a return across the city. Three Zones, over £7. In Barcelona you can travel similar distance for 90 eurocents each way. Rip off Britain.
 
2013-01-10 08:20:44 AM  

TheCharmerUnderMe: Oxford circus, carrying on after the box junction.

Your move.


Bank via British Museum.

We are playing by the 1925 Marquess of Leicester rules, yes?
 
2013-01-10 08:29:03 AM  

Swiss Colony: Tourests most likely have a day pass so using the Tube for short journeys makes no difference. What gets me is the cost for a return across the city. Three Zones, over £7. In Barcelona you can travel similar distance for 90 eurocents each way. Rip off Britain.


I wonder if part of it is also the fact that the famous tube map isn't to scale. Maybe those stations look much father apart on that map then they do when you look at them on a real map.
 
2013-01-10 08:38:14 AM  
12. Aldgate Station, on the Circle and Metropolitan Lines, is built on a massive plague pit, where more than 1,000 bodies are buried.

That is kind of spooky. I find it amazing that London could get underground commuter rail going 150 years ago. The city I live in has around a million people and it seems like they have been debating how to install commuter rail, with some underground sections for at least 10 years. I think the plan is to have the first section of the system open sometime after 2020.
 
2013-01-10 08:56:31 AM  

fustanella: TheCharmerUnderMe: Oxford circus, carrying on after the box junction.

Your move.

Bank via British Museum.

We are playing by the 1925 Marquess of Leicester rules, yes?


Clearly, we are not.  After Lord Halverston's tragic move at the Bonn Invitational in 1932, I didn't think ANYONE would use the BM Counter.

Doc Batarang: use one of my green tokens to transfer from the Northern to Picadilly Line at Leicester Square.


Nicely done.

Hopping the Bakerloo to Harlesdon working towards Harrow-on-the-Hill.
 
2013-01-10 10:07:14 AM  
It is a key strategic weakness in metropolitan living?
 
2013-01-10 10:29:57 AM  
Twenty-two minutes late, badger ate a junction box at New Malden.
 
2013-01-10 10:30:06 AM  

Bot v2.38beta: It is a key strategic weakness in metropolitan living?


Only during the 1960s. Anyone with a great intelligence would know that.
 
2013-01-10 10:36:21 AM  

limeyfellow: Bot v2.38beta: It is a key strategic weakness in metropolitan living?

Only during the 1960s. Anyone with a great intelligence would know that.


Where is Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart when you need him?
 
2013-01-10 12:12:42 PM  
I think I'll hop on at Chigwell -- No I'm not planning on proceeding to a Cholmondley-Warner opening -- that would only be possible were we using Trumpington's Variations, which I assume we're not.
 
2013-01-10 12:26:43 PM  
I can't mind the gap unless it's Monday
 
2013-01-10 12:38:34 PM  
FTA: 13. The longest journey without change is on the Central line from West Ruislip to Epping, and is a total of 34.1 miles.

That beats the longest journey in the NYC Subway: 207 St. in Manhattan to Far Rockaway in Queens (approx. 31 miles).
 
2013-01-10 12:44:50 PM  
FTA: 122. Arsenal (originally Gillespie Road) on Piccadilly line is the only one station named after a football team.

COYG!!!!
 
2013-01-10 02:44:03 PM  
97. The coffin of Dr. Thomas Barnardo was carried in funeral cortege on an underground train in 1905, one of only two occasions this is known to have happened.

Why in the hell would they put the dude's coffin on the train twice?
 
2013-01-10 02:45:22 PM  

TheCharmerUnderMe:

Nicely done.

Hopping the Bakerloo to Harlesdon working towards Harrow-on-the-Hill.


Oooo...well, its not normally my style, but I'm going switch platforms at King's Cross and block it.
 
2013-01-10 03:57:35 PM  
I thought there would be a London below joke or two. Did I miss them?

/don't get the references in the thread as it is.
 
2013-01-10 07:35:21 PM  
images.doctorwhonews.net

"We told you to MIND THE GAP!"

Trivia:  After THE WEB OF FEAR was broadcast, the London Transit people tried to bill the BBC for covertly filming in
the tubes after being denied a permit.  The BBC proved conclusively that everything was a set with behind the scenes
photos of said sets showing them clearly in a studio.
 
2013-01-11 09:59:53 AM  
Mind The Gap....

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