Aldwych Underground Station (Formally Strand Underground Station),
UPDATE DECEMBER 2012 - #2 on Explore for 11.12.2012 - thank you very much everybody! :-)
I managed to pick up some tickets for the tour of the abounded 'ghost' station Aldwych Underground Station. The tour was run by the London Transport Museum and got the tickets on their website. I believe that they only run it once a year so was well chuffed when I got the tickets. It was very well run and the tour guides were very knowledgeable, I just wish it was a longer tour as it only lasted 1 hour so it was not enough time to get as many photos that I wanted, however this is not a problem as I will try and visit again next year.
For this image I had to wait for all the people to move onto the next section of the tour so I did find myself always being last in areas of the tour trying to get the images I wanted (another thanks to the tour guides for being so patient) but it was worth it. It is a very photogenic station, its like stepping back in time.
The station closed its doors in 1994 due to dwindling passenger numbers and the cost to refurbish the original 1907 lifts. Theres like two different periods of time within the station itself. This is the Eastern tunnel/platform that only stayed open for 6 years after the station opened and this part of the station was used to store Elgin Marbles from the British Museum during the war. Other parts of the station were also used an air raid shelter.
Within this part of the station I believe its used for training staff and testing out new construction materials to improve the current network now. I tell you a little bit more about the station in the next upload I have. :-)
I hope you all had a great weekend.
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Aldwych is a closed London Underground station in the City of Westminster, originally opened as Strand in 1907. It was the terminus and only station on the short Piccadilly line branch from Holborn that was a relic of the merger of two railway schemes. The disused station building is close to the junction of Strand and Surrey Street. During its lifetime, the branch was the subject of a number of unrealised extension proposals that would have seen the tunnels through the station extended southwards, usually to Waterloo.
Served by a shuttle train for most of their life and suffering from
low passenger numbers, the station and branch were considered for
closure several times. A weekday peak hours-only service survived
until closure in 1994, when the cost of replacing the lifts was
considered too high compared to the income generated.
Disused parts of the station and the running tunnels were used during both World Wars to shelter artworks from London's public galleries and museums from bombing.
The station has long been popular as a filming location and has appeared as itself and as other London Underground stations in a variety of films. In recognition of its historical significance, the station is a Grade II listed building.