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suze
1098790.  Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:38 am Reply with quote

While reading these facts about escalators, husband chimed in with a fascinating fact about Greenford station on the Central Line: it is the only station on the London Underground where one goes up an escalator to get from street level to the platforms.

That escalator turns out also to be the last wooden escalator still in use on the London Underground. It is considered life expired though, and is due to be replaced next year by the Underground's first inclined lift.

 
ConorOberstIsGo
1098795.  Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:08 am Reply with quote

Before the invention of the escalator, there was no verb 'to escalate'.

 
Prof Wind Up Merchant
1103829.  Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:10 pm Reply with quote

The tunnelled section of the Central Line between Leytonstone and Newbury Park were used as war time shelters in WW2. Gants Hill platform level concourse was modelled on Russian type Moscow metro stations.

 
crissdee
1118615.  Sun Feb 15, 2015 5:09 am Reply with quote

Just reading this in a quiet moment and remembered something. My late aunt actually worked in the tube tunnels during the war for a company called Plessey. She was making something electrical for aircraft which required lacquering for insulation. My dad told me that she would take off her overalls at night, and the splashed lacquer would have made them so stiff they would stand up on their own!

 
Poverty
1200340.  Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:46 pm Reply with quote

What a fantastic thread, Well done to everyone for such an interesting and enjoyable read.
To think the the man power given to creating them tunnels (alot by hand in the early creation). Its no wonder that modern day building or changing of the tunnels today create trouble and unsafe areas, such as holes appearing or tunnels collapsing.
,,,Poverty London uk

 

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