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Euston Square tube: Going, going…

The end is nigh for the old tube posters & timetables revealed at Euston Square last summer. These made the station quite a talking point. Besides these posters there’s the old corporate line identity, 1930s tiling and oodles of pre war advertising panels on parts of the platforms.

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One of the vanished posters with a label besides it

In the last few days there have been changes. Firstly some unknown artist has labelled most of the platform posters (or what’s left of them) as a salute to modernist art. Almost the entire eastbound platform has these. The descriptive panels are depicted below.

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The modernist labels that have been applied to most of the decaying adverts at Euston Square station. Its just these three variations used alternately throughout the station.

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There’s probably worse to come. The long awaited works to change the look of the station has begun. It means all these old posters will go, whether they are complete or partially visible. So will the unusual 1930s tiling which may have been designed by the Metropolitan Railway but built by the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB.)

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Despite the two or three complete posters from the 1980s that can be found at this station no doubt they are on the way out, including the much vaunted 1980s Metropolitan Line timetable everyone’s been discussing.

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The old advertising on part of the eastbound platform has now gone and the 1970s tiling removed

The roundels and line colours most definitely date from at least early 1970, as did the platform tiling. Pictures of these can be found on the LT museum website with a date of 21 May 1970.

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Work already underway to destroy the Metropolitan Railway/LPTB decor

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A partially complete wall and a fully rendered wall on the eastbound platform. The old enamel panelling appears to be safe for now. The new rendering clearly leaves these panels untouched

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This must be the only station on the entire sub surface section in Central London that still has substantial decor, with distinctive tiling and built by the LPTB. Photographs on the LT Museum website depict scenes from 1934 with this distinctive tiling just rendered. It was possibly based on designs from the Metropolitan Railway. Removal of all this 1930s decor has begun.

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