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 Saturday, February 02, 2013

BAKERLOO: Ten line facts

When it opened in 1906 the line was known as the "Baker Street and Waterloo Railway". The name Bakerloo was coined by Captain GHF Nichols, a columnist for the Evening News, and was adopted officially a few months later.
The Bakerloo line covers 14.5 miles and serves 25 stations. North of Queen's Park the tracks are shared with the Overground.
Between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays the busiest station on the Bakerloo line is Oxford Circus. Before 1pm it's Waterloo, and after 10pm it's Piccadilly Circus.
From its opening until 1917 the Bakerloo line operated with reverse polarity, that is with the outside rail negative and the centre rail positive.
The Bakerloo line's official colour is Pantone 470.
The northern termini of the Bakerloo line have been Baker Street (1906-7), Marylebone (1907), Edgware Road (1907-13), Paddington (1913-5), Queen's Park (1915), Willesden Junction (1915-7), Watford Junction (1917-1982), Stanmore (1939-1979), Stonebridge Park (1982-4) and Harrow & Wealdstone (1984-today).
Bakerloo line trains are the oldest on the tube, dating back to 1972. The seven carriages have a total of 268 passenger seats.
The novel 253 by Geoff Ryan relates the lives of 252 Bakerloo line passengers (and the driver) as they ride from Embankment to Elephant & Castle... where the driver falls asleep, so it's not exactly a happy ending. Read it here.
The Bakerloo will be one of the last lines to be upgraded, maybe a decade hence. When that upgrade is finally complete, "average journey times will be reduced by more than two minutes". Whatever that means.
Three hundred thousand passengers ride the Bakerloo line every weekday. [full line history here]

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