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Report - Hidden places underneath Earls Court underground station

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by FaZyCrUcK, May 5, 2007.

  1. FaZyCrUcK

    FaZyCrUcK Guest

    Hi all, this is my first report, and its arguable as to whether it is actually UE.

    Some of these places are still accessed, but only very occasionally. For example my only reason for seeing these rooms was due to making an electrical survey of the entire station.

    The pics were taken on a Nokia 6600, so I am very very sorry for the quality, but I have an N95 now so in future will be much clearer.

    Please let me know what you think..

    First up:


    The entry door also leads down to the disused Emergency control room, for the entire District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. Sadly I have lost the photographs of this room. Basically it was a desk containing about 30 telephones to different line controllers, etc.

    Heres the back of the door:
    As you can see it only uses a flimsy 'Yale' style lock. I bet some force would crack it open.

    Inside the relay room there are basically hundreds of thousands of signal/points/movement controlling relays. The room is very warm, has a loud hum, and lots of clicks. It's basically the main control room of the picc/circ/district lines. If you trip and knock something, youre in for it:
    Notice the high-tech cooling solution they have!

    Also, there are a few very basic PC's lying around, this one I believe was a 286:
    I'm almost certain this machine is no longer interfaced with the tube network, as I was there every day for a week and it only ever displayed 'POINTS FAILURE'

    Also, on the wall, theres a very old track layout sketch, which uses LED's to display the current state of points and signals on the line. This particular part shows the line to the now disused station of Aldwych (Strand)

    These are the only photographs I have for now, but I have more to add later of the disused tunnel that leads from the underground station to the exhibition centre, via the oldest escalators in the united kingdom, which I have some pics of.

    Again sorry for the quality and if anything here doesn't comply with rules, by all means destroy it

    Please give feedback

    #1 FaZyCrUcK, May 5, 2007
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  2. FaZyCrUcK

    FaZyCrUcK Guest

    Part 2: The escalators

    Onto the second part of my pics, and sadly the last for earls court. if id have thought about it id have taken much more...

    Oh, and sorry, the pics are very bad.....


    There's a tunnel under the station which used to lead passengers to the exhibition centre. It recently closed to have new lights installed, and at the same time they have put (I think) 1940-50's era reproduction posters along the wall, which look very cool. Part of it is being used to store scaffolding for the workforce currently rebuilding the roof.

    Heres the tunnel:
    Note brand new lights and posters. And no, they don't ever turn the lights off... Even though disused.

    And now, the grand escalators themselves:
    These amaze me, and I can't work out why. The lighting is certainly different. Note the posters on the wall (All reproduced lately)

    Heres 2 of them:
    The guy I was working with, 60 years old was telling me he used Visco-Static in his car, back in the day.

    Now for the internal shots...

    I had the pleasure of working inside the LMR (Lift machine room) which is basically the working part of the escalator. This particular one is absolutely massive, maybe 3-4times the size of my living room, and much higher. As we found out, only one is in working order now (Left one in first escalator pic) the right one needs repair.
    The red protection cage was put in recently, but is lethal. One part even fell down when my friend leaned on it.

    The dates on the escalator motors is 1860. I believe they were installed in 1913.

    Heres a shot looking from the top, straight down the middle:

    I am kicking myself for not taking a pic of the old ticket office by the top of the escalators. I was working in there for a few weeks. All the ticket printers/screens/etc are still on. There were oyster cards in there, but 1st gen ones (With a red roundel instead of white) so it must have closed within the last few years.

    The toilet in the office, however, was caked in black dust.

    Also to note in this station... The old lifts are numbered 3 and 4. This is because there used to be a 1 and 2. Thay were knocked down and the entry point (From picc line) was made into a switchroom, and cleaners store. When working in there I noticed the original green wall tiles and lift numbers. The shaft is now used also as a switchroom, and telephone exchange. If you travel to the top of the shaft, the tiny crawl hole emergency exit brings you out behind the cashpoints opposite the supervisors office.

    Hope you enjoyed this, next time will be much better pictures


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