Saturday, 13 June 2015

Hidden London

Yesterday I had a day in London with my daughter. She was treating me for my birthday to three very special places. I have dedicated the next three entries of the blog to each location. I was working with my Fuji X-T1 with it’s 18-35 f2.8 -4 lens.

We started with a visit to a disused London underground station at Charing Cross which is part of & run by the London Transport Museum. They call the tour Hidden London & it takes just about one hour. You enter from Charing Cross station and once we were all assembled we set off through the hidden passages. We visited old platforms, via disused escalators, so we had to be careful as we walked down these once moving staircases. We had to don a hard hat on part of the trip & on another we were on a platform with a straight down view through a grate, we were standing the height of Nelson's Column, those who did not like heights stayed back at this point. A number of major films have been shot here, the most famous being the Bond movie Skyfall. Here is the first part of today’s photo blog. 

Notice the missing ceiling tiles, this was due to them being made of a very flammable material and after the Kings Cross fire in 1987 this was discovered and they were removed.

This part of the line is still used as a garage for trains so that during a busy time they can very quickly be brought into service.

Ceiling tiles have all been removed

Notice the missing advertising boards on the walls.

Going behind the scenes

Ventilation Tunnel
These next three images are very poor but they show the ventilation shaft and the extreme places behind the scenes we were taken. It was very dark and dirty but well worth the visit. ISO 1600
Ventilation Tunnels Vertical Shaft
Ventilation Tunnels Vertical Shaft Platform
Ventilation Tunnels Vertical Shaft to the Surface.
© Lionel Callow 2015