London Underground Cutaways, Ancient and Modern!

Transport for London has released a number of documents that show almost every London Underground station in glorious 3D format, the latest incarnation of such “cutaways” down the decades, as veteran Eagle comic readers, among others, will know.

The new cutaways, partly redacted, feature in full here on “Ian Visits”, the always enjoyable website of Ian Mansfield, who notes they are “technically axonometric diagrams, which is 3D-like, but not to scale, which becomes obvious when you see some of the vertiginous descents offered on some stairs and escalators.”

In total, some 120 stations with underground tunnels are represented in what Ian describes as “this motherlode of tube and map geekery”. Ian has removed the redacted black blobs that are scatted over the originals, and generally cleaned them up a bit, and made them easier to navigate, too.

London Underground has been the focus of “cutaway art” many times, perhaps most famously for comic fans in the pages of the original Eagle comic and associated publications, by artists such as L. Ashwell Wood.

Cutaway of London’s Charing Cross railway, underground and trams, from Popular Science Magazine 1921. Via The Londonist
Piccadilly Circus, from a 1930 issue of London Illustrated News, art by by D MacPherson
Kings Cross Underground in 1939, from the Eagle Book Of Records & Champions 1951, art by by D MacPherson
Camden Town Junction, from Eagle Volume One, No 27, cover dated 13th October 1950. Art by L. Ashwell Wood. Check out the original art here on Bear Alley
Oxford Circus, as featured in Look and Learn magazine, cover dated 24th August 1963. Art by Harry Green

Lose yourself in the latest London Underground cutaways here on the ‘Ian Visits’ site

With thanks to Paul Gravett | Vintage cutaways via “AusDew

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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