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 Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tube quiz (38) Baker-loo
Within months of opening, back in 1906, the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway had been renamed the Bakerloo. The diary column in London's Evening News first suggested the name - a contraction of two stations near opposite ends - and it stuck. But could other tube lines be rebranded today with similar portmanteau names? The Jubilee could become the Stratmore line, for example, while the Hammersmith & City might be better as either Hammerking or Barksmith. The District line has so many ends to choose from, but maybe Upbledon, or Richminster? In fact, aren't the trains that ply between Wimbledon and Edgware Road already frequently referred to as Wimbleware services? I'm sure you can do better...
Do try to make your names catchy, or a bit clever, or both (Heathcock is good, Terminalfosters is bad). The Northern, Metropolitan and Central lines have lots of arms and loops to describe. The Mill Hill East and Olympia shuttles could do with names (while the latter survives). And I know I don't normally include the DLR and the Overground in tube week, because they're not tube lines, but they have so many different routes that giving each a separate name might be a damned good idea.

Your suggestions
Bakerloo: Hastle, Harrowphant
Central: Eppealing
Circle: Hammerware
District: Wimbleware, Wimbleminster, Egdon, Upling, Upbledon, Richminster
Hammersmith & City: Hammerking, Barksmith, Hammersmity
Jubilee: Stratstan, Stratmore, Bakerloo(!)
Metropolitan: Shamgate
Northern: Edgmorden (maybe one day, Edgbat and Hightooting)
Piccadilly: Heathcock, Cockrow, Cockslip
Victoria: Viking, Brixtow, Brickwall
Waterloo & City: Witty, *ank
DLR: Banksham, Bankwich, Bankton (or Banklew, Bankwool, Bankbeck)
Overground: Goblin, Watson

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