Helping the Patron on London's Underground (1929)

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Electric Railway Journal · Vol. 73, No. 10 · March 9, 1929 · pp. 388-389.

Helping the Patron on London's Underground.

[Top Left] MORE THAN three score escalators or moving stairways have helped to solve the problem of bodily transfer of passengers between various subway levels and the sidewalk. This escalator at Waterloo station benefits the many suburban passengers of the electrified Southern Railway.

[Middle top] DISTRICT RAILWAY (electrified open-cut) trains carry "Non-Stop" signs at the front when they are scheduled to skip a large number of stations.

[Middle Left] DISTRICT RAILWAY non-stop trains carry alongside the center doors (on removable slats) a list of the stations at which these trains do not stop. Illuminated station boxes overhead have already given the passenger advance information as to the destination of the train.

[Middle right] THIS TYPE of illuminated overhead sign at stations shows the order of incoming trains by means of number and arrow indications.

[Bottom] BEFORE DECIDING on his ride, the prospective passenger can survey this 9 ft. x 12 ft. wal1 map at leisure.
[Top] THE ILLUMINATED MAP, formerly hung from the ceiling of "tube" cars, is now being superseded by varnished cards which are carried over the side ventilator sash. This later style of map is shown in this illustration. Note the care given to showing transfer points whether to the company's own or to foreign lines.

[Middle left] ELECTRICALLY-LIGHTED SIGNS are sunk in the station platforms and tell the passenger the direction of the train he wishes to take.

[Middle center] A ONE-WEEK traffic check made in a normal winter week indicated that between 15 and 16 per cent of the rides were on weekly, monthly or quarterly passes (seasons).

[Middle right] BEFORE A TRAIN obscures this 7 ft. x 10 ft. sign which is attached to the wall of the station opposite the platform edge, the patron can satisfy himself that he is or is not on the right platform. Even if the train is in, he can see the main destinations on the higher 2 ft. 6 in. x 5 ft. auxiliary sign.

[Bottom left] THE CHANGE-MAKING delays associated with zone fares are reduced for pay-each-time passengers by the use of ticket-issuing machines. The later types also make change.

[Bottom right] AT MANY STATIONS, the ticket-using passengers are counted through practically noiseless passimeters, but the season ticket or passholder, as shown at the left, merely shows his pass and goes on.


Electric Railway Journal, McGraw Hill Company, Digitized by Microsoft, Americana Collection, archive.org.

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