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it's splendid by subway

Post by cuppie » Thu Oct 25, 2007 5:20 am

it's not really. well, it could be worse. sometimes when i'm on the subway, i pretend i'm one of those big snakes in 'tremors.' and that kevin bacon is up on the street and he's annoying me and i'm going to swallow him.

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Post by aorta » Thu Oct 25, 2007 7:38 pm

I rode SEPTA once in Philly and the guy sitting across from me was definiately carrying a gun.
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Post by cuppie » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:29 pm

aorta wrote:I rode SEPTA once in Philly and the guy sitting across from me was definiately carrying a gun.

wow! i was once on the subway with jedipan and we sat across from a woman breastfeeding her dog.

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Post by crystalball » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:33 pm

cuppie wrote:
aorta wrote:I rode SEPTA once in Philly and the guy sitting across from me was definiately carrying a gun.

wow! i was once on the subway with jedipan and we sat across from a woman breastfeeding her dog.
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Post by humblebee » Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:42 pm

Londons! Tell us about your loves and hates of the Underground. I'm reading an ace book about its history and as an occasional visitor I've never really noticed much different between one station, or one line, and the next. Give us another insider's perspective, you lot.

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Post by Sootyzilla » Sun Jan 13, 2008 9:37 pm

humblebee wrote:I've never really noticed much different between one station, or one line, and the next. Give us another insider's perspective, you lot.
i thought you'd be right into london tube stations. they're grate. http://underground-history.co.uk/ is a terrific site about some of the now closed and disused stations.

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Post by crystalball » Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:23 pm

humblebee wrote:Londons! Tell us about your loves and hates of the Underground. I'm reading an ace book about its history and as an occasional visitor I've never really noticed much different between one station, or one line, and the next. Give us another insider's perspective, you lot.
Oh, I've only just seen this. I apologise on behalf of the Londons for the lack of replies. I don't use the tube much myself because I live in south London but here are some random things I like and dislike:

I love overground stations like East Finchley or Harrow-on-the-Hill with their art deco look. You step out of the train and it feels like you are in the 1930s. The massive gaps between the train and the platform you get on the Central line are exciting. Lethal, yes, but brilliant. I absolutely hate the underground walk between Bank and Monument stations, it makes me suicidal. I love reaching the end of a line when I am absent-minded. Gunnensbury doesn't live up to its promise. It sounds quite grand but the station and the area are a bit rubbish. Ladbroke Grove station is like a proper train station. Bond station is the worst station of all time. I hate coming out of the tube into shopping centres.

I'd like to read that book now.

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Post by Big Nose » Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:12 pm

I love maps, and I love this map. A map of the worlds cities that have subway/metro/underground.

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Post by humblebee » Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:29 pm

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Post by annie » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:34 pm

humblebee wrote:Londons! Tell us about your loves and hates of the Underground. I'm reading an ace book about its history and as an occasional visitor I've never really noticed much different between one station, or one line, and the next. Give us another insider's perspective, you lot.
oh, i never spotted this post either, sorry. i've read that book, it's great. it's hard to believe some parts of the underground are nearly 150 years old! and that the very deep ones such as the northern line are a century old too.

right now i'm pretty much loving everything about the tube. after three years of going to work by bus i now have to take the tube every day, and despite the crowds and occasional delays, after five months i'm still really enjoying it.

favourite things: as crystalball said, some of the stations are just so lovely. trying to spot the disused tube stations (i usually fail miserably). the fact that the poles in picadilly (dark blue) and victoria line (light blue) carriages match the colour of the tube line (they should do it on all lines!). i also got quite excited seeing the new tube map that has the overground lines that TfL have taken over. these are just the few i can think of right now, but there's loads more.

worst things:
the stations that are so deep they need elevators are a nightmare at rush hour. you either queue for ages or brave the gazillion steps. i don't mind crowded tube trains too much, but do find it frustrating when they're so full i can't get on at all.

i still haven't been to the transport museum since it reopened. shame on me!

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Post by gloom button » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:39 pm

annie wrote:[worst things:
the stations that are so deep they need elevators are a nightmare at rush hour. you either queue for ages or brave the gazillion steps.
I really like the gazillion steps! Especially the spiral ones at Tottenham Court Road that nobody takes and you can wander down them and pretend there's no one else in the station.
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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:49 pm

I find something creepy about the canary wharf station.
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Post by crystalball » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:55 pm

I find the entire DLR a bit creepy but I also love it. It's like you are in a parallel, slightly dodgy reality.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:36 pm

Taht could describe the vibe I got last time I was there. Ooh I'm in London next weekend. Can't wait to polish up on my old oyster card usage. Only got two days with some of my best friends so we want to get our money's worth.
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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:52 pm

I absolutely adore the London underground. It's my favourite thing about coming to London, apart from seeing all my lovely friends. I love all the stations with those amazing blue tiles.

That map up there is awesome, but I don't think Edinburgh has a subway/metro at the moment.

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Post by Paquito » Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:55 pm

For Edinburgh, I think it's referring to the trams (like those in Sheffield and Nottingham), which are due in 2010. Or so they say...
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Post by lynsosaurus » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:09 pm

Yeah, I was just being facetious. There used to be trams there, right? I've seen old tramlines around town.

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Post by annie » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:20 pm

gloom button wrote:I really like the gazillion steps! Especially the spiral ones at Tottenham Court Road that nobody takes and you can wander down them and pretend there's no one else in the station.
they terrify me. the last time i went down the ones at russell square i felt dizzy halfway through and almost fell. it's the going round and round and round that got to me. i suppose i wouldn't get that going up them, but i'm too lazy for that...

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Post by round bits of plastic » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:27 pm

I was just in london at the weekend. has Angel been all poshed up or was it always like that and I never noticed? the platform seemed BLOODY MASSIVE.

Other than that I feel I need to mention the woman who was so desparate to get on the tube in front of me that she pushed me out of the way and LEFT HER KIDS BEHIND to get the next train. wowsa!

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Post by Big Nose » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:37 pm

Is it actually a myth they employ very polite Japanese men in crisp white gloves to bundle people onto the Tokyo subway? I've seen it on the telly, but has anyone actually experienced this wonder?

I loved the Paris metro. Nice signs, stairs down into the bowels of the Earth style entrances, classy buskers and trains with rubber tyres.

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