In the UK you might live in a house that is 100 years old, and in London you take a tube train through a tunnel carved out 120 years ago, or something. But it rarely registers that you are using what we in tech would consider way beyond a relic.
Your automated train on the Victoria line was done in the 60s or 70s, the DLR (similarly automated) a decade later. They were so weird at the time that, story has it, the drivers couldn't read a paper in the cabin because it freaked passengers out. Despite the fact they weren't in direct control. Still, automated is weird and it's half a century old.
So what does this say about other historical events that are slipping beyond our collective conscious, like the two world wars? Or even something like 9/11 where there is a whole generation who never saw that?
And what does it say about knowledge? What we keep in our awareness and what we pass on to historians?
Partly this is because we don't build enough new houses, but it does mean there are lots of lovely old buildings. My house is 250 years old. It's nothing remarkable. Next door is about twice that age.
"You know, in school, in history class, 100 years seems like a long time; it's not really."
Conversations with my grandad about the war were limited to stories about scorpions in boots etc. I can't imagine younger generations being so silent on the subject.
From this thread I particularly enjoyed the video of a steam train in an underground station.
I don't know why I enjoy twitter threads like this so much. I hate "factoids" (eg snapple bottle cap real facts), but these twitter threads feel a bit more truthy.
Here's another thread about a woman who ran across Westminster Bridge in less than the time it takes for Big Ben to chime midday. https://twitter.com/meandmybigmouth/status/10584361322062684...
That's at least 250 metres (I guess, I don't know where they measure the start and stop of the bridge) in about 55 seconds.
And here's another about the shape of historical cows: "A serious query: were cows in nineteenth century Britain as rectangular shaped as painters envisioned them?" https://twitter.com/zeenastarbuck/status/1046563793701163010
As you can imagine, I have the exact opposite feeling, this is the absolute worst way to share a story. Pushing the "network effect moat" pedal to the metal by denying service to non-memebers. Not even evil Facebook takes it to this level (it used to, though).
Or you can clicky the link here: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18524102
Not really. That was kind of painful to read. It's as if
someone inserted paragraph breaks at arbitrary
places in the text.
Also the police scanner ones are pretty great. They're how I learned about a naked man that chased a pig down the street one night in the middle of the city.
It's very anachronistic in terms of London stations - its platform design (and that of most other stations on the subsurface part of the line) is still in the "Network South East" colours and fonts, which for reference hasn't technically existed as a concept since 1994. Just think - a colour scheme now 24 years out of date!
It's a line that isn't on the main Tube Map as it's technically part of the National Rail network and isn't run by Transport for London, even though if you wanted to travel from Moorgate direct to, say, Finsbury Park, the Tube Map would have you believe you need to change at Kings Cross.
(Though mostly this doesn't matter as the vast majority of passengers are commuters from the northern suburbs into the City anyway.)
There's a nice set of photos comparing old with new here, note especially how little it's changed and how unloved this part of the station looks compared with the TfL part. https://www.flickr.com/photos/60539035@N02/sets/721577011132...
I’m not saying it’s right, but it does happen.
If you never leave London it’s easy to forget that and how fast the ethnic make up of the capital has changed.
There's a movie in there somewhere.
Vicki also makes an excellent presenter. Her "solo" video about Harry Potter Locations around London, and particularly the tube, was great.
Originally there was a steam operation on that line as well: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fd/St...
Later they made the line even weirder by running mixed tram and stadtbahn operation: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Wien-wvb... (tram rolling stock stayed on that line even up to 2008 but were not going into mixed operation any more https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5c/U6_Hande...)
It's now a proper subway by all accounts but still retains some of its weird history. For instance there is still a track connecting to the tram network so you can sometimes see a subway train go on the tram network for maintenance: http://www.vormagazin.at/tools/imager/imager.php?file=%2Fmed...
The stations still retain much of the old Stadtbahn architecture and show the old signage more prominently than the new one: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/39/Me...
I always find it very interesting when some old things stay around and become integrated into something else and that transition period never really ends. Many transit networks in Europe have history like this and it's fun to rediscover this history.
It’s one of those weird twists of fashion: the Eiffel serves no real purpose and most people thought it was a pointless exercise, but it was so absurd that it went all the way around and became iconic - so much so that people started copying it.