LEGO Maps 150 Years of History and the Future of London Underground

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Lego 2013 Tube Map displayed at Stratford Station 300x225Maps 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.

Lego 1927 Tube Map displayed at South Kensington

Mornington Crescent 1927 LEGO rules or a map at South Kensington Underground station

LEGO 1927 Underground map at South Kensington

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.

Lego 1933 Tube Map displayed at Piccadilly Circus

LEGO 1933 Harry Beck Underground Map close up of roundel

LEGO 1933 Harry Beck Underground Map in Piccadilly Circus

LEGO 1933 Harry Beck Underground Map in Piccadilly Circus close up showing Enfield West

LEGO 1933 Harry Beck Underground Map in Piccadilly Circus ticket hall

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.

Lego 1968 Tube Map displayed at Green Park

LEGO 1968 Underground map by the park entrance exit at Green Park

LEGO 1968 Underground map at Green Park

1968 saw the opening of the popular Victoria line, this map is on display at Green Park Station.

Lego 2013 Tube Map displayed at Stratford Station

LEGO 2013 Underground map at Stratford 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.

Lego 2020 Tube Map displayed at Kings Cross

LEGO Underground map showing future Crossrail in Kings Cross ticket hall

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”.

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