Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Geek St to Nerdington Crescent

Dear Readers, what a joy is the Transport for London page of Underground Maps! I have spent the day in rapt admiration of the beauty and simple logic of that elegant design.

And I have made a discovery, with which I hope to delight you. See below a very small extract of the map, showing the area around Euston and St Pancras.

The Underground between Euston and St Pancras

Do you see it, Dear Readers? If you need a bigger clue, you can click on the link I have appended below the image to see a much larger-scale image.

Obviously, I don't need to patronise you. It's obvious, isn't it? If you travel from Euston to Kings Cross/St Pancras on the Victoria line (light blue), you travel North. But if you travel from Kings Cross / St Pancras to Euston on the Northern Line (black) - you travel North.

I can see I will be spending a long night looking at Ordnance Survey maps.


  1. My question is have you actually travelled on either of these routes.

    When you are underground, you are viewing a map opposite you, where you are either going one way or the other. The lines are represented as going from left to right or right to left.

    The occasional crossover that you demonstrate here is not so apparent as the maps are only in 2D. Now, if they were in 3D, that would be totally different. You'd be able to get right into the maps and look north, south, east, west or anywhere in between.

    1. After that dreadful afternoon I spent going backwards and forwards, I can assure you I have been on that route on both lines, in both directions. I was just glad, eventually, to escape, screaming, into the New Road, as Archdruid Eileen likes to call it.

      I have solved the problem by walking up and down the Euston Road, and can assure you that the problem is resolved because Euston is in fact due West of St Pancras.

  2. Oh Burton, you remind me so much of my husband's friend Frank. On one memorable evening (and I've tried to forget but I can't) he spent several hours telling us of the various ways that we could get to the next village by bus. The climax was his reading of the entire bus timetable. I tried to tell him that we didn't want to go there and had a perfectly good car if we changed our mind but he wouldn't be budged from his subject. Ah well, at least it made a change from details of the Settle to Carlisle railway.

    1. Just don't get Burton on the best bike routes from Husborne Crawley to Bletchley, minimising gradients. He'll have you riveted.

  3. OK everyone, Beaker Rules 2012 apply, so let us all stand as the first station is declared..

  4. This reminds me of US highways, on which you always travel nominally in one of the four cardinal directions. But sometimes two routes come together for a time. So I have come across places where you can simultaneously drive north on one route number and south on another.

  5. But surely the gravitic pull of Mornington Crescent explains the uncertain geographic principle of the area? Nay, even the uncertain gravitic principle of the area. As the wizards of Unseen University say, 'Do not meddle with Mornington Crescent, for a refusal often offends!'

    Should I have had that second glass of wine?

    love, Mags B x


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