Seen These Miniature Versions Of The London Underground?

Seen These Miniature Versions Of The London Underground?
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At tiny tube stations, tiny commuters wait for tiny trains.

The world of the model railway enthusiast is hardly a niche platform anymore: Ally Pally hosts gargantuan get togethers, while rock star Rod Stewart purrs proudly about his own stunning railway in miniature.

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And when you think about the kind of fanbase the London Underground network enjoys, it's no surprise that model railways of the London Underground are a bit of a thing, too.

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Recently we stumbled across the wonderful London Underground model railways Facebook group. On it, enthusiasts share their miniature versions of London — where roundels bear unfamiliar names, 1938 stock runs on loop, and new stations get built a hell of a lot quicker that we're used to.

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Conversations in the group can get technical (we don't claim to know what a Tenshodo Coreless motor bogie is), but there's something comforting about seeing everything shrunk down. And if you're missing your commute due to you-know-what, perhaps this is just the tonic.

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In fact we challenge you to join the group, and not want your own model Underground railway by the end of the day.

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As well as an enviable knowledge of the Underground and its history, many group members posses incredible craftsmanship — building their own trains, stations and scenery from scratch.

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If you actually DID want to mastermind your own model tube network — but don't fancy yourself as a mini engineer/architect — you can get kickstarted by buying bits and pieces; Bachmann, for example, sells a spiffing four-car 1938 train. You kind of want it now, don't you.

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And maybe if you ask nicely, someone in the group will get back to you with a little expert advice. London Underground model railways is a public Facebook group, which you can request to join here.

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While you're at it, join our own tube-obsessed Facebook group, Londonist Roundel Ramblings.

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Last Updated 11 September 2020