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District Line

Opened on December 24th 1868 as the
Metropolitan District Railway
operating between
South Kensington and Westminster.

Total current route mileage = 40 miles.
Total stations served = 60 stations.

 

Signal Boxes / Cabins

 

Image Comments Details
Barking 1986 Dagenham Heathway to Bow Road.
Two push button consoles allow control of Dagenham East, Upney, Barking, East Ham
Plaistow and Bromley-by-Bow controlled areas.
Colour
40kb
Ealing Broadway 1970 Push button console controlled the terminus
for the Central line (top)
and the District line (bottom).
Hanger Lane Junction to left showing the
Piccadilly line to bottom of the diagram.
Nick Whelan, then signalman, went on to become
Performance Manager ( Trains ) on the Central line.
He has now retired from London Underground.
Colour
21kb
Whitechapel 1995 Lever frame controls Whitechapel
and St. Mary's Junction on District line,
push buttons control Shoreditch, Whitechapel
& Whitechapel Junction on East London Line.
Colour
41kb
Whitechapel 1995 Diagram showing District line on bottom
and East London Line on top.
St. Mary's curve can be seen linking the two.
Colour
35kb

 

Control Rooms

 

Image Comments Details
Earls Court 1982 Heathrow / Northfields desk.
Note before Terminal 4 loop at Heathrow.
Colour
45kb
Earls Court 1982 Acton Town desk.
Acton Town area visable below clock.
Colour
44kb
Earls Court 1982 Hammersmith / Earls Court desk.
Senior Signalman Pete McTernan in shot.
Colour
44kb
Earls Court 1982 Kings Cross desk.
Strictly speaking is a Piccadilly Line desk
controlling Hyde Park Corner, Holborn,
Kings Cross and Finsbury Park
(Piccadilly / Victoria) controlled areas.
Colour
39kb
Earls Court 1982 Tower Hill desk.
Controls Embankment, Mansion House
and Tower Hill controlled areas.
Note: Aldgate Signal Cabin takes control
east of Tower Hill
.
Colour
36kb
Earls Court 1986 Desks 1 & 2 in view control the
Piccadilly line from South Harrow and
Heathrow through to Barons Court plus
the District line from Ealing Broadway and
Putney Bridge through to South Kensington.
Desk far right also controls the single line
to Kensington (Olympia).
Note: Railtrack controls East Putney to
Wimbledon and Gunnersbury to Richmond.
Colour
38kb
Earls Court 1986 Image above (ect_cr06)
taken from a different angle.
Colour
39kb
Earls Court 1986 Desks 2 & 3 in view.
Desk 3 is a single operator desk
which controls the Piccadilly line from
Hyde Park Corner to Finsbury Park.
Senior Signalman bottom right is sitting at
Desk 4 just out of sight.
Colour
34kb
Earls Court 1986 Desks 2, 3 & 4 in view.
Desk 4 far right controls the Piccadilly line
from Wood Green to Cockfosters.
Colour
38kb
Earls Court 1986 Desk 4 controls Wood Green, Arnos Grove,
Oakwood and Cockfosters controlled areas.
Computers at each site control the routes and
the Senior Signalman adjusts the timetable
by means of the keyboard and VDU's.
Wood Green visable on left VDU,
Arnos Grove on centre VDU
and Cockfosters on right VDU.
Colour
35kb
Earls Court 1986 Close up of the Visual Display Units (V.D.U.'s)
showing Wood Green on left,
Arnos Grove centre and
Oakwood on right.
Colour
34kb
Earls Court 1986 Diagram showing South Harrow (WV),
Heathrow Airport loop (WY),
Hatton Cross (WW), Hounslow Central (WT)
and Ealing Broadway (WP).
Colour
31kb
Earls Court 1986 Diagram showing Ealing Broadway (WP),
Ealing Common (WM), Hounslow Central (WT), Boston Manor (WS) and Northfields (WR).
Colour
37kb
Earls Court 1986 Diagram showing Ealing Common (WM),
Boston Manor (WS), Northfields (WR)
and Acton Town (WL).
Colour
35kb
Earls Court 1986 Diagram showing Acton Town (WL)
[with entry at bottom to Acton Works]
Turnham Green (WK) [Richmond branch]
and Putney Bridge (WG) [Wimbledon branch].
Colour
32kb
Earls Court 1986 Diagram showing Putney Bridge (WG),
Parsons Green (WF), Hammersmith (WD),
Barons Court (WC), West Kensington (WB)
and Kensington (Olympia) (WB) including
entry roads to Lillie Bridge depot (WB).
Colour
37kb
Earls Court 1986 Diagram showing Earls Court (EC),
High Street Kensington (ED)
[including Triangle Sidings]
Gloucester Road (EE), South Kensington (EF)
and Hyde Park Corner (PB)
[including Down Street siding].
Colour
40kb
Earls Court 1986 Diagram showing Down Street siding (PB),
Holborn (PD) [including Aldwych single line],
Kings Cross (L),
[stock transfer connection to Northern line top]
South Kensington (EF) and Embankment (EH).
Colour
31kb
Earls Court 1986 Diagram showing Kings Cross (L),
Finsbury Park (VK),
[stock transfer connection to Victoria line]
Mansion House (EG) and Tower Hill (EJ).
Note: Aldgate station and junctions (OB)
were controlled by Aldgate signal cabin
.
Colour
34kb
Earls Court 2005 Panoramic view of Earl's Court Control Room Colour
15kb
Earls Court 2005 View of Northfields / Acton Town desk from
Line  Controller's position
Colour
48kb
Earls Court 2005 View of Hammersmith / Earl's Court desk
from Line Controller's position
Colour
46kb
Earls Court 2005 View of east end of Piccadilly line from Line Controller's
position with old disused signalling desk visible
Colour
48kb
Earls Court 2005 Higher resolution photo of Hammersmith / Earl's Court desk Colour
840kb
Earls Court 2005 View of Hammersmith / Earl's Court desk with
SSO John Floodgate visible
Colour
245kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Heathrow / South Harrow diagram Colour
230kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Ealing Broadway / Boston Manor diagram Colour
241kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Northfields / Ealing Common diagram Colour
246kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Acton Town diagram Colour
212kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Hammersmith / Parson's Green / Putney Bridge
diagram
Colour
222kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of West Kensington / Olympia diagram Colour
245kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Earl's Court diagram Colour
236kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of High Street Kensington / South Kensington /
Hyde Park Corner diagram
Colour
228kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Holborn / Aldwych diagram Colour
215kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Kings Cross / Embankment diagram Colour
209kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Mansion House / Finsbury Park diagram Colour
218kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Tower Hill / Aldgate diagram Colour
205kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Northfields / Acton Town desk with
SSO Syfox and SSO Jibogu
Colour
907kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Earl's Court desk Colour
925kb
Earls Court 2005 Close up of Kings Cross / Embankment desk Colour
836kb
Earls Court 2005 Piccadilly line computer desk prior to being relocated outside the control room with SDM Mark Cherrie visible Colour
241kb
Earls Court 2005 East Signalling Suite (Room 39 Earl's Court) Colour
54kb

 

Other Images

 

Image Comments Details
Ealing Broadway View into District line platforms 8 & 9. Colour
42kb
Ealing Broadway View from shunt signal WP6 on Central line showing stock move path between
Central line and District line.
British Rail platforms 1, 2, 3 & 4 to left,
Central line platforms 5 & 6 straight ahead,
District line platforms 7, 8 & 9 to right.
Colour
37kb
Ealing Broadway View from shunt signal WP28 into stops left,
platforms 7, 8 & 9 right.
Colour
41kb

 

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