From Private To Public
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Where Goes With Logos? Who Knows? (2)
... built by the simple expedient of digging a trench along what became Euston Road, dropping in the track and putting a lid back on the top, a technique known as "cut and cover". Even way back when, this was highly disruptive to London's traffic and even more disruptive to some properties on the edge of the trench.
The "Met" had a tortuous relationship with the District Railway (now the Underground District Line) as the two companies operated the Circle Line (then called the Inner Circle) jointly, each injecting venom, legal cases and mega-tantrums into the operation.
There was also a more favourable relationship with the Great Central Railway, last into London at Marylebone and now expunged from History as a main line.
The Great Central had plans to extend its London line under the city, down to the coast and through a tunnel under the English Channel (La Manche) affording the opportunity for through trains from Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester to Paris.
That still hasn't happened!
But the Met always had aspirations of grandeur. They developed land alongside their railway and brought affordable properties to the Middle Classes ...
... over the top of their London Terminus, Baker Street.
There is a plan to redevelop the site by building a brand new "raft" at street level using the arches and retail space of the original block as entrances.
But, historically the Met was adept at literally building its customer base. It thought of itself as part of a real railway network of quality; not just what we would call today a "commuter" line.
... which adorned all its rolling stock both steam ...
The company initials appeared, logo-like, on some buildings ...
But, lookee here, again on the Watford line:-
The equivalent of today's London Transport "roundel" featured on station nameboards and other signage.
The "diamond" station logo has also appeared at today's Moorgate ...
... as a celebration of the line's heritage.
Had the line continued in private ownership, no doubt we would still have this logo today, as the Met always considered itself a cut above the "ordinary" Underground.
But all was to change in 1933.
Next Lovely Logo blog : Wednesday 2nd December
And Now ...
Our political leaders want us to be able to "celebrate Christmas", so have taken the risk of relaxing the rules for five blissful days of fun and frolic (?). fbb has news for these politicians. A Christian does not need their permission, or their rule mitigation, to celebrate CHRIST mas , the "mas(s)" i.e. the feast that recognises the arrival of the "Christ", the Saviour.
Each day's alphabetic snippet is offered NOT to preach or to seek to change peoples' minds - but in a society which only "celebrates" Kriss-Muss, we seek to inform and encourage folk to give the real reason for the season some thought.
So here goes:-
fbb's Alphabetical Advent CalendarCHRIST mas would be celebrated on December 25th, ensured that festivities would start at midnight on Christmas Eve and continue for 12 days. Things are very different today!
A separate Season would begin on the first Sunday in December; starting a month of eager anticipation . The Season would be known as Advent from the Latin for "coming".
About 500 years before the Nativity, Isaiah wrote in full-powered prophetic mode:-
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows but now light is shining upon them.
Expecting and preparing for the "great light" of CHRIST mas is a big theme of Advent - hence the five candles.