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What could be done with those useless old tube door buttons?
For years, plenty of trains on the Underground have had buttons on the door that do absolutely squat... apart from alerting Londoners to the presence of a newbie or tourist when they try to press them in vain. As the deep level tube lines don't need these buttons, they're now removed as and when trains are refurbished. Some are then sold on by London Transport Museum. A nice little memento from a bygone era. Or so we thought...
One very clever person bought a decommissioned tube door button and had an idea. Craig Bowley decided to use it as the trigger for his doorbell.
So after buying a disused @jubileeline “Open” button fascia from the @ltmuseum this week, I opened it up, gutted it, and retrofitted it into the worlds fanciest doorbell. 💁🏼♀️ @TfLTravelAlerts pic.twitter.com/ctwez81vvd— Craig Rowley (@0wley) March 21, 2019
The possibilities now seem endless. You could hook your old button up to lights. Or a stereo system and have it play that classic pisstake London Underground song. Or if you're under the age of 20 maybe Jimothy Lacoste's funny Underground tune is more your thing.
Or you could be like Craig and make it into a doorbell. Look how much thought he's put into it — even going as far to add fairy lights to give the button a glow. Craig, we salute you.
All photos are Craig Rowley's from Londonist Roundel Ramblings.