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Station Staff Make Wood Green Open Day A Success

To add to the many special events taking place this year to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, staff at Wood Green station on the Piccadilly Line organised a highly successful Open Day on Saturday, August 31.

The Open Day, the first to be held at the north London station, proved extremely popular with visitors of all ages who were taken by staff on an hourly guided tour covering both the outside and inside of the building.

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Designed by Charles Holden, Wood Green station was opened on September 19, 1932 as part of the first section of the Cockfosters extension from Finsbury Park to Arnos Grove. It is now a Grade II listed building.

After learning about the design features of the exterior facade and the spacious booking hall, visitors went down to the platforms and then into restricted areas not normally open to the public. These included a narrow maintenance tunnel which runs between the Eastbound and Westbound platforms and the machine room housing the vital escalator mechanisms.

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At the end of the tour visitors were treated to coffee and biscuits in an upstairs rest room, where staff had displayed old photographs showing the construction and development of the station. They were also given an illustrated book on the history of the Piccadilly Line extension.

The success of the Open Day was due to all the enthusiasm and hard work shown by the station staff team consisting of supervisor Ombretta Riu-Tubl and customer services assistants Nigel Buckmire and Jane Bennett. They were assisted by Steve Dagsland, supervisor at nearby Manor House station which held its Open Day – believed to be the first on the Underground network – earlier in the year.

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“We decided to hold the Open Day because we wanted to show off all parts of this historic station to our many customers who regularly use it,” said Ombretta. “The staff were very keen on the idea and on the day Nigel turned out to be a first class tour guide despite his initial nervousness.”

Following the popularity of the Wood Green and Manor House Open Days similar events may now be held at other stations along the Piccadilly Line.

Written by Stephen Barry, Volunteer

Collecting for 2013 – My Line Documentaries

What’s your favourite Underground line? Is it the one closest to where you live, or the line which takes you to the places you love in the capital? Do you like a line that’s the fastest, coolest or quietest?

For our 150th anniversary celebrations of the Underground, the Museum is working in partnership with My Street films and Doc in a Day at UCL to explore what five different Underground lines mean to five community groups located nearby. Starting in Acton and the Piccadilly Line, a group of people from the United Anglo Caribbean Society have been exploring what makes the Piccadilly Line unique and what experiences they have had of using the line. From a lady who is on her first visit to London and thus only used the Tube for the first time 3 weeks ago, to elders who have been using the Underground for 50 years, their stories and experiences are being captured on camera.

These ‘My Line’ documentaries are being produced, directed, filmed and edited by the groups involved, giving the participants the opportunity to learn new skills whilst they share their stories. Over the next couple of months we’ll also be venturing to Harrow for the Metropolitan Line, Pimlico for the Victoria Line, Old Street for the Northern Line and Richmond for the District Line, with tales and adventures from each being showcased on here.

What’s your line? Share your stories of what makes your Underground line the best.

Collecting for 2013 – My Line: Piccadilly

The first of the My Line projects is underway, with just the edit left to do. Nine participants from the United Anglo Caribbean Society have taken part, sharing some wonderful stories so far.

The group love the Piccadilly Line for a number of reasons, from it being faster than the District Line out of Acton Town, to the great places you can get to via its stations. Its connection to Heathrow also makes for an interesting experience, with people from all over the world riding up and down the line every day.

The finished film will be on our YouTube channel in the coming weeks. Until then, here are some pictures from the day.

What do you like about the Piccadilly Line?