Monthly Archives: March 2013

Beck is a four letter word – Underground diagram myths

My own archives indicate that it was in the May 1965 edition of Design that the first edition of Henry Beck’s pocket diagram was described as a ‘graphic design classic’, possibly for the first time (I would welcome a reference … Continue reading

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Traffic Lights – An unusual use for a railway signal frame

I recently heard a proposition that ‘technology’ was the name given to a development that did not yet work. Once it did work it would be called something more appropriate: a chair, computer, power source, or whatever. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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‘Mind the Gap’ a guide for beginners

Botheration. Someone has just sent me a newspaper cutting calculated to wind me up. And it did! It was yet another article by a journalist on the ever-milkable subject of ‘Mind the Gap’. This is an expression that has been … Continue reading

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33 trains an hour – but why not 40?

I recently made my acquaintance with a 1910 working timetable for the Charing Cross, Euston and Hampstead Railway, now part of the Northern Line. You may recall that the line then ran from Charing Cross to Camden Town where it split … Continue reading

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