Dirty old town

Some things are just so smegging cool they don’t need an explanation.

First, there’s this awesome live Tube map. Where trains are in real time, which is on a level of coolness as realizing that Tube Deluxe can tell you when trains are due at stations (which is great if you’re above ground…).

But then there’s this:

Tube system in real life

Compare that with this:
Standard tube map

As Steffany put it,

Rapid transit system porn!!!

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6 Responses to Dirty old town

  1. Tideliar says:

    That reminds me of the old joke about how a Londoner messes with tourists. (I’ll get the tube stops wrong, but you’ll get the idea”)

    “How do I get from picadilly circus to leicester square?”

    “Well, take the tube at picadilly to the square! Its easy. Follow the map…”

    Hapless tourist spends an hour underground, spends $5 on tix and moves 500 feet from their starting position…

  2. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    oooOOOOooooh. Very cool indeed.

    A good friend of mine from high school went to work for the London Underground after he finished his engineering degree. He said it was like playing with the world’s biggest train set. He lives in Sydney now so he may not have seen these – he will LOVE them, especially the real-time tube map you linked to!

    However, I contend that the coolest thing in this post is the word “smegging”.

  3. ricardipus says:

    Indeed. And that key word lends a whole Red Dwarf-ish patina of excellence to this post.

    But that map is awesome. Love it.

  4. rpg says:

    I’m glad you like it!

  5. cromercrox says:

    That real-time tracker is in fact so cool it works on my iPad.

  6. Joe D says:

    The Google Maps addition is cool, but there have been third-party layers for Google Earth for years, and unlike the Google Maps one, those actually accurately follow the tracks! (Check the surface-sections on the satellite view of maps to see how far the lines are from the actual tracks…)

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