Metropolitan Line coat of arms

Circle Line

Opened on January 10th 1863 as the
Metropolitan Railway
operating between
Farringdon and Paddington.

Circle Line partly formed in 1868 between
Edgware Road and South Kensington.

Total current route mileage = 17 miles.
Total stations served = 37 stations.

Edgware Road station counted twice.
Once as a through station and once as a terminus.

 

Signal Boxes / Cabins

 

Image Comments Details
Aldgate 1997 This cabin controlled the triangle junction
for the Metropolitan, Circle and District lines.
Colour
36kb
Aldgate 1997 Full width view of the diagram
created by joining 3 images together.
Aldgate Junction top left (Met/Circle),
Minories Junction bottom (District/Circle)
and Aldgate East Junction right (Met/District).
Colour
56kb
Aldgate 1958 This end of the frame worked Aldgate Junction. Tower Hill, visable bottom left of diagram,
shows old siting with only 2 platforms.
Black & White
20kb
Aldgate 1958 This end of the frame worked
Minories and Aldgate East Junctions.
Signalman Bill Warner in view.
Black & White
18kb
Farringdon 1995 Controls Aldgate to Kings Cross.
Signal Operator John Light on Aldgate desk.
Colour
46kb
Farringdon 1995 Signal Operators John Webb on Aldgate desk and John Light by the stairs which lead to the add-on toilet and small kitchen area. Colour
40kb
Farringdon 1995 Aldgate diagram and console to left,
main diagram and console centre right.
Colour
41kb
Farringdon 1995 Main diagram showing the 3 sidings at
Farringdon plus Kings Cross top right.
Colour
38kb
Farringdon 1995 Close up of Farringdon push button console
with buttons for Liverpool Street, Moorgate,
Farringdon and Kings Cross.
Colour
42kb
Farringdon 1995 Close up of Aldgate push button console and new style tiled diagram. Colour
42kb
Farringdon 1995 External view of Signal Cabin.
Situated on Outer Rail/Eastbound platform.
Stairs to cabin visible on left.
Colour
45kb
Farringdon 1995 External view of Signal Cabin.
Beige structure visible to right of cabin
is the add-on toilet/kitchen area.
Colour
44kb
Farringdon 1995 Diagram close up of Liverpool Street area.
Platform 3 (bay road) used to be above tracks.
Colour
35kb
Farringdon 1995 Diagram close up of Moorgate area.
Platforms 3 & 4 are bay roads.
Colour
33kb
Farringdon 1995 Diagram close up of Barbican area.
Used to be 3 sidings top right of station.
Colour
32kb
Farringdon 1995 Diagram close up of Farringdon
and Kings Cross areas.
British Rail connection removed and control of
Kings Cross (Circle) transferred when City Thameslink opened and Kings Cross (CWL)
City Widened Lines Signal Box closed.
Colour
36kb
Farringdon 1995 Diagram close up of Aldgate area.
District line to Whitechapel to left,
District & Circle lines to Victoria top right,
Aldgate station dead centre,
to Liverpool Street bottom right.
Colour
46kb
Farringdon 1958 Taken in the days when British Rail
Eastern and Midland Region services
to Moorgate were controlled from here.
Black & White
19kb
Kings Cross (CWL) 1958 Small construction built mainly of asbestos.
Was situated on the down road platform
of the British Rail City Widened Lines.
Controlled emergency crossover on Circle Line
and the junction on British Rail between the
Eastern Region and Midland Region
signalling loco hauled and D.M.U. trains
to the city terminus at Moorgate and
Southern Region at Holborn Viaduct
via Snow Hill junction.
Black & White
20kb
Kings Cross (CWL) 1970 By 1970 the route via Snow Hill junction to the
Southern Region was no more
and all trains terminated at Moorgate.
Note the stand alone push-button console.
The top row of buttons controlled British Rail
and the bottom row controlled the Circle Line.
Colour
20kb
Kings Cross (CWL) 1970 Small illuminated track and signal diagram.
On the bottom is the Circle Line
showing the emergency crossover.
Above is the City Widened Lines
showing the junction between the
Eastern Region (top left) and the
Midland Region (straight left).
Farringdon is to the right.
There was no physical connection
between the Circle Line and British Rail.
Colour
21kb
Kings Cross (CWL) 1970 External view showing just how pitiful
the Signal Box looked from the outside.
Colour
15kb
Liverpool Street
1953
Original mechanical frame controlling
Outer and Inner Rail running roads
and reversing bay road - platform 3.
Black & White
91kb

 

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