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Published on Jul 3, 2011
Watch in High Definition! Take a ride on the world's oldest subway system; the London Underground or Tube. The video covers the Circle Line, which runs over some of the oldest trackage in the system. This video was taken during my recent trip to Europe. The video consists of a shot of going through the turnstiles at High Street Kensington Station (which was the nearest station to where I was staying), the ride from Victoria counterclockwise to Monument, and clockwise from Gloucester Road to High Street Kensington. The video consists of bits and pieces of the journeys in both directions.
The London Underground Circle Line is a subterranean subway line that was constructed using the cut and cover method (i.e. dig a trench, build the subway tunnel in the trench, and cover it over.) The result is that the line is conveniently close to the surface (a maximum of 21 feet deep) and often runs on the surface. This is a stark contrast to some of the deep level tube lines in London such as the Piccadilly Line which require an lengthy elevator or escalator ride to the platforms from the surface.
The Circle Line runs clockwise north from Hammersmith to Paddington and Edgware Road, west to Liverpool Street, south to Tower Hill, east to Gloucester Road, and north back to Edgware road. The trains the run in the opposite direction counterclockwise back to Hammersmith. The Line share track with the District Line between Edgware Road and High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road and Tower Hill, and with the Hammersmith and City Line between Liverpool Street and Hammersmith.
The Circle Line utilizes C Stock equipment built in 1969 and 1970 known as C69 equipment painted in the Underground's Red, White, and Blue Colors. I believe that the Underground's C Stock was refurbished in 1993. The Circle Line shares these cars with the Hammersmith and City Line. A portion of the District Line which runs between Edgware Road and Wimbledon utilizes the similar 1978 C77 cars as well at C69 cars. C Stock equipment has 4 double doors on each side of each unit car. Each unit consists of a cab unit and a trailing unit. On the Circle Line, three of these units are usually coupled together, with the end units having their operating cars on the point, and the center unit facing either direction. These and the District Line's D Stock cars are seen during the video.