Thursday, January 10, 2013
150 150th anniversary celebrations
1-3) TfL's official 150th anniversary page (including a Facebook timeline, and events at the London Transport Museum)
4) TfL's Press Office celebrated with a surprisingly dull press release which repeats all the usual sentences about infrastructure improvement.
5) The ever-wonderful 150 great things about the Underground
6-17) Penguin are publishing 12 anniversary paperbacks in March, one for each London Underground line. I'm liking the look of the Central and the Metropolitan. See also Bakerloo, Circle, District, H&C, Piccadilly, Northern (and, er, the East London line)
18) You'll have to wait until the end of this month to buy this £20 book about Underground design.
19) Lunch Hour Lecture: Gower Street to Euston Square: A local history of the Underground (at UCL, Gower Street, Tuesday 15th January 2013)
20-29) Ten gorgeous stamps, from the Royal Mail.
30) 150 people tell the Evening Standard what the Underground means to them
31) Steam train Met No 1 took an unscheduled ride on Tuesday evening - Kate has photos, Geoff has video.
32) During engineering hours this morning, while you were asleep, TfL ran their very special steam train from Earl's Court round to Moorgate for the benefit of staff, volunteers and guests. Woo woo!
33) Met No 1 rides the Circle line this Sunday and next Sunday. You'll not get aboard unless you forked out a fortune for a ticket (and got lucky in the ballot), but you might want to go along and watch. London Reconnections has the times (pdf), Ian Visits has the locations.
34) TfL have covered a long wall at Moorgate station with a timeline of historic images, especially for photo opportunities with a parked-up steam train.
35) 150 (mostly true) Underground facts (from the Daily Telegraph)
36-37) Stephen Moss of The Guardian takes an end-to-end journey along the Central Line [plus interactive guide]
38) Yesterday's much-admired Google doodle
39) A risibly poor infographic from the PR muppets at crafted.co.uk
40) On Saturday August 31st, Neasden depot will be holding an Open Day so you can poke around inside and look at lots of trains. Stick the date in your diary now. Update: Don't - it's been postponed/cancelled.
41-149) Buy souvenirs (from the reasonable to the extortionate) from the London Transport Museum's 150th anniversary shop.
150) In the Evening Standard Christian Wolmar considers why TfL might have celebrated their 150th anniversary on the wrong day (thanks Christian)