LEGO Maps 150 Years of History and the Future of London Underground
Maps of the London Underground, made entirely from LEGO bricks, have been unveiled today at the ticket halls of five stations.
Commonly referred to (both with and without affection) as the “Tube”, London’s subterranean network of railways is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Each map is different and shows how this busy public transport network has evolved; and what will look like in the future, when the construction of Crossrail is completed.
The maps will remain on display throughout this summer, before being moved to the London Transport Museum.
The 1927 map of Underground Railways of London was more geographical than the later more familiar versions. The LEGO version is on display at South Kensington Station.
The 1933 map was designed by Harry Beck. Although 80 years on many stations have opened, closed, renamed and even entire new lines added, the graphic concept behind this map can still be seen in present day versions. The map was originally rejected because it was consider too revolutionary. Piccadilly Circus is the place to see this map.
1968 saw the opening of the popular Victoria line, this map is on display at Green Park Station.
The 2013 version of the Tube map includes the London Overground network and Docklands Light Railway. This, the most practical map for getting about by tube today, is on display at Stratford Underground Station.
By 2020 Crossrail should be in operation and this LEGO map shows it in the future tube network. It also shows a proposed Northern line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea. It is on display at King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station.
During this summer a leaflet is also available from the above London Underground stations that provides instructions on how to build your own LEGO version of the famous “roundel”.