7th March 1969 when the Victoria Line really came into the world. On that day fifty years ago the Queen officially opened the tube line in a ceremony at Victoria station. This third part of a special feature covering all types of images related to the Victoria Line – trains, the staff, its construction, engineering and depots to train control plus the rest of it! The one problem with the original post was many images came from TfL’s Victoria Line Twitter. That was deleted as part of a cull of TfL’s social media – deleting a good amount of embedded content! The original feature has as a result been divided into 3 parts to manage the content better especially for those moments when Tweets & images are deleted en masse!
Controlling the Victoria Line:
Supervisor George Treverton at the controls of the depot’s tower box probably 1966 or 1967. Source: Twitter
The above photograph is of great interest. It is clearly taken in 1967 or 1968 as the depot is still without a doubt under construction. Besides being an excellent shot, it also shows the temporary connection to British Railways. This can be seen just above the grey phone on the left side of the windows.
This connection is one reason why the Victoria Line’s construction progressed as it did from north to south. This connection allowed London Transport to bring its battery-electric locomotives, rail carrying bolster wagons and other essential construction wagons from elsewhere to Northumberland Park depot to begin the long job of track laying, cabling and signalling the Victoria Line.
Cobourg Street Control Room was originally built for the Victoria Line. Here it is in its first year of operation. Source: Twitter
Another view of the control room in 1968. Source: Twitter (Account still exists – tweet has been deleted thus an archived picture has been used.)
The Cobourg St control room after the Northern Line had been added. Source: Twitter
Close up of the line panel for the Finsbury Park section. Source: Twitter
The next train duty numbers indicators for the King’s Cross – Highbury section. This panel is in preservation. Source: Twitter
The former Cobourg Street Victoria Line control room is now at the Colne Valley Railway in Castle Hedingham. This recent video shows testing on the completed panel there.
Cobourg Street Control’s last night of work. The Victoria Line control had already gone to Osborne House – the finale was for the Northern Line. Source: Twitter
Other views of the control panels at Cobourg Street can be seen at Anorak Heaven.
The new Victoria Line Control Centre at Osborne House is shown in the following images from Twitter…
David Waboso, Tube infrastructure director with Labour peer Andrew Adonis at Osborne House in 2013. The entire Victoria line can be seen behind on the screens. Source: Twitter
Note: Andrew Adonis deleted his tweet but here’s a screencap… as one can see it was taken in the early days of Osborne House.
General view of the Victoria Line’s new control room at Northumberland Park depot with better view of the whole line coverage. Note the individual screens covering particular sections of the route. Source: Twitter
The screen for the Seven Sisters area on the controller’s desk. Source: Twitter
The same Seven Sisters area on the main wall panel. This is just part of an overview of the entire line. The individual areas can be brought up in more detail on the controllers’ screens. Source: Twitter
Wall monitor showing train positions on the Victoria – Vauxhall section. Source: Twitter
How the Victoria line’s trains’ operation were automated until 2011! This was probably from Cobourg Street. Source: Twitter
Unusual red on white signal approaching Northumberland Park. Source: Flickr
Note regarding the concrete flooding of the signal room at Victoria. There was a lot of jokes about that and some pictures were fake so left these out.
The Victoria Line’s tunnels:
She’ll be coming thro the tunnel! 2009 stock at unknown location. Source: Twitter
Ready for the off? John Hardy, head of track programmes for LUL, poses at the Walthamstow crossover during renewal work in 2015. Source: East London & West Essex Guardian
Track welding on the Victoria Line at Walthamstow. This is the station end point work in the southbound tunnel Source: Twitter
Even more dramatic pic of track welding at the Walthamstow crossovers. Source: East London & West Essex Guardian
Work on replacing the Walthamstow crossovers. Source: Twitter
The start of the tunnel from Seven Sisters to Northumberland Park depot. Source: Flickr
Seven Sisters junction from a westbound train. Source: Flickr
Finsbury Park southbound crossover. Piccadilly left, Victoria right. Source: Flickr
The former step plate crossover tunnel at Highbury for the Northern City Line – now used as part of the Victoria Line. Source: Twitter
Tunnel near Highbury. The northbound line looking towards the crossover (just round the corner.) Source: Flickr
A tube worker cleaning the tracks at the Highbury crossover in 2012. Northbound on right, southbound on left. Source: The Atlantic
The far end of the reversing siding at King’s Cross. Source: Flickr
Walking into Euston station from the tunnel! Perhaps a night worker or evacuating from a broken down train. Source: Twitter
Work at the crossover just north of Victoria station. (Its a zoom looking from the northbound tunnel.) Source: Twitter
Same location after completion of the works shown above – and a track worker who is probably making final checks before the all clear. Source: Twitter (This was from Greatest Capital who have now deleted their timeline.)
There used to be a double crossover here which allowed trains to arrive and depart from either platform at Victoria. This was removed soon after the Brixton extension was opened.
Driver’s eye view from the south end of Victoria station. Straight on for the reverse sidings and left for Brixton. Source: Twitter
Emergency track repairs at Stockwell. Source: Twitter
Brixton crossover looking towards Victoria. Source: Twitter
Odd bits n’ bobs:
At the train controls! Green Park station. Source: Twitter
Driving the train at Northumberland Park. Source: Twitter
Hans Unger’s restored Victoria Line motif at Oxford Circus. Source: Twitter
The unused late 1990s ‘Space Train’ design for the Victoria Line. Source: Twitter
Never mind the Space Train here’s a picture of the spacious 2009 tube stock! Source: Twitter
Alpacas Fred and Barney help to launch a Victoria Line promotion at Vauxhall! Source: Twitter
Tottenham Hale’s 50th birthday cake for stage one of the Victoria Line. Source: Twitter
Victoria Line stage one opening 50th birthday cake for Seven Sisters. Source: Twitter
Blackhorse Road station on the day new facilities were opened. September 2018. Source: Twitter
A somewhat distracting pic of the new stairs at Blackhorse Road being opened – and no its not our Dave! Source: Twitter
Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s fantastic mural at Brixton. Source: Twitter
TfL guy who should apparently be looking after the Victoria Line caught napping in a booth right off track at King’s Cross! Source: Twitter
The Victoria Line was suspended recently (7 January 2018) whilst reports of a trespasser in the tunnels were investigated. Imagine the passengers’ shock when they find there’s a guy right outside their train deep inside the tunnels!
The Victoria Line’s managers
John Self General Line Manager gave a talk at the LT Museum 25th February 2019 for the Victoria’s 50th Anniversary. Source: Twitter
The above 50th Anniversary talk by John Self is also available on You Tube.
Who were/is/are the other Victoria Line General Managers? The following tweets might help!
Victoria Line says its Frank Ibe and Dale Smith – they are the managers of line operations/customer services. Source: Twitter (Note: TfL deleted most of its social media accounts in September 2020 thus an archived image is used here.)
Tricia Ashton the then manager. Source: Twitter (Note: TfL deleted most of its social media accounts in September 2020 thus a screencap has been used here.)
Is it Trish Ashton? It was for a couple of years however since April 2018 she’s been General Manager for Docklands Railway.
2014 – its Dave Proffitt. Source: Twitter (Note: TfL deleted most of its social media accounts in September 2020 thus a screencap has been used here.)
In 2013 it was Rob Smith….
Whilst in 2012 according to this tweet and letter, the General Manager was Dean Horler (the one with a ‘cool or frightening’ signature according to the tweet…)
Again in 2012, its John Doyle. He was actually General Manager of the Victoria Line from 2003 to 2012.
Does TfL have General Managers for the tube these days? I’m not sure it may be they have split the roles up so these are now Customer services, Line operations, Station Performance Manager, Fleet Manager (who also covers the Bakerloo!) The list goes further with a Performance Manager Trains, Train Operations Manager and others higher up.
Apparently they do still have one… its a ghost for all anyone knows!