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The score tonight is Northern Line 1, nanila 0 [20070116|23:09]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I was on my way home from the gym tonight when I had a little run-in with the Northern Line.

You see, the Northern Line splits at Camden Town. If you wish to go north from Camden Town, you may take the High Barnet, Mill Hill East, or Edgware branches. If, as I did tonight, you wish to go south, you may take the Charing Cross or Bank branches. The northbound branches have dedicated platforms. Due to historical reasons, the southbound branches do not. This results in people milling around in confusion at the base of the escalators in the station, trying to decide whether or not they need to race for Platform 2 or Platform 4 in order to catch the southbound train they desire. I think the only station on the entire Underground with a more powerful permanent aura of grump than Camden Town is Earl's Court. (To comprehend the full horror of this District line station, look at this map. See the point where five different branches intersect? Yeah, that's Earl's Court.)

I desired the Bank branch tonight, because at Euston station, one can change from the southbound Northern line to the (southbound) Victoria line by walking across the platform. (This is one of those sneaky little tricks a Londoner prides herself on.) The first Bank train magically converted into a Charing Cross train at the station, which caused a great deal of eye-rolling and people hopping huffily off the train. The sign kept insisting that the first Bank train would be arriving at Platform 4, so I stubbornly stayed put while Charing Cross trains rolled past every two minutes. I waited nearly twenty minutes for a Bank train, which honestly would have been long enough for me to forego my sneaky shortcut and take a Charing Cross train to Euston and walk a bit farther to get to the Victoria line platform.

But it was the principle of the thing.

As I hurled myself victoriously into my seat on the Bank train, I realized that in order to get home, I needed to change to...a northbound Victoria line train.

[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2007-01-17 09:17 (UTC)
In 20 minutes you could have walked from Camden Town to Euston.

The Tube almost defeated me too yesterday morning, but I think I managed to equalise in the last minute of play.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-01-22 22:06 (UTC)
HA. It's too true.

The Victoria line has been quite well behaved lately. Of course, now that I've said that, it'll break during my evening commute.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2007-01-17 10:26 (UTC)
You made my day with this story. Even though it was horrible for you I had a laugh because I've done similar things.

I really wish there were dedicated platforms at Camden (can you point me to info or tell me what historical reason the southbound platforms are so confusing?!)

Many times I've had to have a sprint from one platform to another (usually in the morning on the way to work when sprinting really isn't the most fun thing to do).
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[User Picture]From: flexagain
2007-01-20 01:18 (UTC)
If you really want to know some of the history of the Northern Line, Clive's
Underground Line guide
has more information than you probably need! (although I'm not really sure whether it answers your question about Camden, I don't really know the station).
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2007-01-17 22:00 (UTC)
Please continue to keep score. I'm rooting for the day you can yell "Pwnd" to the Northern Line.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-01-22 22:01 (UTC)
I will totally do that at the top of my lungs while that whoosh of hot air that precedes a train is coming down the tunnel.
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2007-01-18 00:54 (UTC)
I have lived that flattening moment of, "Good go*D, you've got to be kidding me *face-palm*" more times that I can count. Bless you for sharing one with us.
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2007-01-21 19:08 (UTC)
The Northern Line beats me on a regular basis when it switches from an Edgeware to High Barnet train (I need to get to Chalk Farm once a week) and I'm already on the train...wearing headphones.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-01-22 22:04 (UTC)
It doesn't really help that whenever a tube train driver gets on the PA system, they mumble, "Irejfa jkhmnahmna chamna pafrm freea."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-01-22 22:01 (UTC)
Sometimes, we are all idjits.
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