The Anonymous Widower

Changing Between The Circle/District Lines And Victoria Line At Victoria Tube Station

This is not a change, I do regularly, as I have direct access to the Circle/District Lines at Whitechapel station, but it must be a change that some passengers need to do.

For example.

  • Sloane Square to Kings Cross St. Pancras
  • Temple to Kings Cross St. Pancras
  • Monument to Pimlico

In these journeys a good interchange at Victoria could speed up the journey.

One thing that helps is the upwards of thirty trains per hour on the Victoria Line, where you only have to wait under three minutes for a train on that line.

I did this the District/Victoria change this morning and took these pictures.

The new passages and escalators certainly speed up the change.

The position of the passages may be more obvious from this map from


Note that the escalators to the Cardinal Place entrance are the more Northerly of the three sets and I think it is reasonable, that they start between platforms 3 and 4 and rise to the surface in line with the platforms.

The divided passage connecting the two lines would appear to be underneath the Circle/District platforms and lines and after aligning Northwards it links up with the middle set of escalators between the two platforms of the Victoria Line.

In some ways it looks like the space underneath the Circle/District Lines has been dug in a similar manner to the traditional mining method of room and pillar. There certainly seems to be tunnels going everywhere, but I suspect the methods used were more sophisticated than the traditional mining ones. I suspect that there may even have been a fair bit of hand digging.

At the top of the escalators connecting the Cardinal Place entrance to the Victoria Line, there would appear to be another blocked off passageway leading off to the west.

Where Does This Passage Go?

Could behind the blue be future-proofing for another exit on the West side of Bressenden Place close to the Victoria Palace theatre?

I have found this visualisation on the Internet in this PDF document on the TfL web site.

The Passenger Link Between North And South Ticket Halls At Victoria Tube Station

The Passenger Link Between North And South Ticket Halls At Victoria Tube Station

So it would appear to be a passenger link, allowing passengers to enter the station at the Cardinal Place entrance walk underground to the South Ticket Hall and from there into the main line station.

Passengers entering the station at the Cardinal Place entrance, in the top right of the visualisation,would take the following route.

  • Go down the escalators after the ticket gates.
  • Take the cross passage, that also leads to the second set of escalators for the Victoria Line.
  • Go straight on into the connecting passage.
  • The passage turns left and goes over the Victoria Line platforms and under the Circle/District Line platforms.
  • After crossing the platforms, the passage turns right to run parallel with the Victoria Line platforms.
  • A set of new escalators, then brings passengers to and from the South Ticket Hall.

It’s a bit round the houses, but I suspect it was the best that can be done in the grand scheme of things.

  • The Terminal Place entrance, has its own routes to all four Underground platforms.
  • The Cardinal Place entrance, has direct access to the Victoria Line platforms and indirect access to the Circle/District Line platforms.
  • There is a short route between the Circle/District and Victoria Lines.
  • There is a walking route in the dry between the Cardinal Place entrance and the main line station.

I wonder when the scheme opens will there be other features to improve routes and accessibility.



January 17, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

From Hastings To The Czech Republic Via The Highlands Of Scotland

When British Rail drew up the specification for the Class 73 electro-diesel locomotive, in the early 1960s, they decided the locomotives would have the following characteristics.

  • The ability to go anywhere on the then Southern Region’s third rail electrified network.
  • The ability to travel on Southern Region’s non-electrified lines using the onboard diesel engine.
  • The ability to haul a heavy train at over 80 mph.
  • The ability for multiple working, with virtually all other trains in Southern Region.

One of the side-effects of this specification was a narrow profile, so that the locomotives could use the narrow tunnels of the Hastings Line.

This Class 73 locomotive at Tonbridge station certainly doesn’t look fat.

In recent years, the remaining Class 73 locomotives have found themselves various niche uses.

  • At one time, Class 73 locomotives pulled a rake of Mark 2 coaches to form the Gatwick Express.
  • Gatwick Express/Southern still retains one locomotive for Thunderbird duties.
  • Eurostar used two locomotives to rescue failed Class 373 trains.
  • GB Railfreight use several examples to pull engineering trains.
  • Merseyrail used four for shunting and departmental duties.
  • South West Trains use an example for Thunderbird duties.

For a locomotive designed over fifty years ago, they turn up in a wide range of places.

As many are in effect last-resort traction, when you do see one on the main line, it is usually looks to be clean and in top class condition.

But in the last couple of years, Class 73 locomotives have started working on perhaps the most high-profile niche market of all. This article in Rail Magazine, which is entitled Rebuilt ‘73/9s’ take over all Caledonian Sleeper work, describes the locomotives use in hauling the Highland portions of the Caledonian Sleeper to and from Edinburgh.

Perhaps the last laugh for the Class 73 locomotive is detailed in this article in Rail Magazine, which is entitled Czech trip for Caledonian Sleeper Class 73. One of the class will be sent to the Velim test track in the Czech Republic to assist in the testing of the new Mark 5 coaches for the Caledonian Sleeper.

January 17, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment