What if each tube line was named after its stations, just like the Bakerloo?
Even within the well mannered and overly-formal Edwardian period, no person was going to say “I shall take the Baker Avenue and Waterloo Railway”. Too many phrases. A nickname was wanted for the prolix line, and the apparent alternative was to smash collectively Baker Avenue and Waterloo to make Bakerloo. The phrase first seems in print 5 days earlier than the road’s opening on 10 March 1906. It rapidly gained forex and was adopted because the official identify simply 4 months later.
It isn’t the one instance. We nearly bought the Viking Line, an early proposal for the Victoria line, which might have mixed Victoria and King’s Cross. We must also notice the “Goblin line” — the a part of the Overground that runs from Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside. The portmanteau of Goblin has a sort of semi-official standing, and is fairly well-known. Arguably, there’s additionally the BedPan line connecting Bedford and St Pancras (higher often known as Thameslink), however that was solely ever a nickname and isn’t a Transport for London service.
So what if all of the remaining TfL traces have been redubbed in an identical method to the Bakerloo? We might think about some pretty convincing, half-sensible constructions, just like the Wimbleminster line for the District, or the Stratmore line for the Jubilee. But it surely’s far more enjoyable to try to discover the silliest potentialities. Right here, then are our solutions for all the primary TfL routes:
The Overground gives additional potentialities. The unwieldy community, all presently orange on the map and united below the only identify of Overground, is prone to be carved up into separate traces within the close to future. New names can be wanted for every one. So how about these?
The probabilities are near-infinite. So for those who’ve bought higher solutions for any of the traces talked about above — and even need to stray out onto the non-TfL community — then be happy to leap into the feedback under.