What is it with boys and trains? And I’m just not talking extreme cases such as the Anoraks that congregate at the end of Clapham Junction platforms, waterproof notebook and special pencil in hand. All men are amenable to a marvel at anything motorised, particularly if said objet d’affection get us from A to B quicker (in most cases) than we can walk.
And, while I appreciate that trains (and by trains I’m including the Tube, because I’m Australian and I can) are a wonder of modern achievement, I don’t feel the need to bow down to kiss the grubby platform tiles or genuflect to the Fat Controller every time I use my Oyster card.
I’m sure I’m not the only woman who finds her eyes rolling skywards as her MrMr gabs on about signals and what not, before she turns her attention to the slightly sweaty tube map scrunched a little too firmly in her hand.
There’s something beautiful and calming in Harry Beck’s design. And I do love the Art on the Underground programme, which is why I’m totally behind ‘Mind The Map‘ – an exhibition at the London Transport Museum.
Here are my favourite pieces from the show, including the latest update to the free pocket map illustrated by Tracey Emin and a 1933 tongue-in-cheek guide to the British Empire (including Australia) in the style of the first Underground posters. Geek, out.
Mind the Map is on at the London Transport Museum until 28 October.
More info here.
Images courtesy of TFL/London Transport Museum.