Another way of looking at Tube maps

Once upon a time, when our daughter lived near Croydon, I became familiar with South West Trains, particularly the Caterham and Tattenham Corner lines, because they were the easiest way to access central London. I had started writing my fae saga, and I suppose fae were on my mind. We (my daughter and I) went to the Tate Modern where I saw some wonderful ‘maps’ with different names of all sorts imposed on actual maps. Then we went home by train and I picked up a map of our route. I played about with the names and the shape of the lines until I was reasonably happy with them.

I thought I’d share the result with you. I’ve included the real map too, for comparison purposes. I don’t imagine the rail company will care about their copyright as it’s a very old map and definitely out of date (and possibly out of print). We usually alighted at Gnome…

I wonder whether, during the lockdown, and the reduced train services everywhere, the fae might have crept out to play again, and whether they would approve of my station names! And whether any of you might spot them, out of the corner of your eye, when travelling.

I photographed the unicorn at a forge just south of Croydon where there was a fabulous display of mythical creatures.

2 thoughts on “Another way of looking at Tube maps

  1. I really had fun doing it! I don’t know if you’ve seen any of the alternative maps – there have been a few around. Way back then I saw a whole exhibition of them at the Tate and was really impressed. The only one I can find on a quick search is https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2013/10/03/tube-map-swaps-station-names-for-football-players/ I know the Tube are very angry at any breach of copyright but I’ve seen maps with names of film stars, names altered to sound sexy, etc. etc. and the exhibition had similar maps of parts of UK.

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