The Tube Map Which Isn't
It's called the "Tube" map because it used to be services operated by London Transport Underground trains - and nothing else.managed by Transport for London, So you can buy a "normal" national rail ticket to e.g. Bond Street.
All the Overground lines are shown in ORANGE which is just plain daft.
Then there are the anomalies. Recently Thameslink has been added to the "Tube" map ...
Heathrow Express (hyper rip-off charging innocent visitors a ludicrously high fare) does not appear at all ...
But, from November, that standard "Tube Map Plus Other Stuff' has been upgraded to show the "full" (well, not quite) service on the Elizabeth Line line.
Other changes have been made at the same time. (click on the graphics for an enlargement)
We have already seen a tidying up at Paddington with the purple trains running through (well, half of them, anyway).
There is a fourth change which comes as a bit of a surprise because it is not provoked by the new service.
What's going on? And where is Nunhead anyway?
But, back to Paddington.
In due course, fbb will look in detail at two more recent private redesigns of the so-called "Tube" map.
This, from Mike Hall's Behance web site, is his take on Paddington.
What is excellent is that he indicates the closeness of Bayswater and Queensway stations which are almost next door to one another ...
The other map appears on-line as "a geographically accurate Tube map" ...
... which it isn't.
A better heading would be "more geographically accurate, but still not to scale" but that might sound a bit negative.
It is not quite so good for Bayswater Queensway and Paddington Lancaster Gate but still miles better (literally!) than TfLs attempts.
And that thin salmon PINK line is ...
... tada ...
It is shown "conventionally" as running direct, even though it and the Elizabeth Line line use the same bits of rail.
There are other "experimental" maps of the "Tube" which tackle Paddington. Just in passing, here are two.
First up is Max Roberts take, using concentric circles wherever possible.
It is certainly different; but is one of the best attempts at Paddington.
Neither appears to be published as a PDF, so legible enlargements are not possible. Sorry.
Whist looking, it may be worth reminding ourselves what "The Tube" actually does on the ground - OK, under the ground!
Buying on line is so straightforward. Below is a response from EBay confirming an order and giving delivery dates.
Thanks a bunch, EBay!
Next Cartographic blog : Friday 5th January
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