London Transport Museum

Established in 1980 in an old flower market building located in the piazza of Covent Garden, the museum originally was dedicated to just trains and busses. When all the transport was combined in 2000, the museum also branched to all forms of transportation for its collections.

The Arrival - Covent Garden tube station

I took the underground to Covent Garden, which almost always requires a train switch at some point to get here.

Then up and around the market hall past buskers performing acts of various value to the southeast corner.

The Museum

Entry is an unintuitive affair, and strangely there's not a sign every 10 steps to tell you what to do like the rest of London. But, once you finally get into the museum proper, it's an easy place to navigate.

First Floor (Or Ground as they say there)

Now, everyone thinks of double decker buses and the underground when envisioning London transport, but there is, and was, a lot more to it.

Next Floor Up

Now the floors get smaller as they are around the edges of the building with the center atrium.

Top Floor

We have reached the apex, or the beginning. I guess I did this in reverse order.
The public transport system was a fabulous job to get for middle class workers, one that many immigrants took advantage of When all else fails, and it's 2am in Chelsea, get a cab Solid rubber wheels, this bus service from the turn of the century was a rough ride Pretty old buses with horrible fuel economy, but they ran forever During the Great War, this double decker got military around the city to the docks The first cafe, it has ice cream, give up parents, you're stopping here 1930s subway 1800s subway, with separate electric engine Inside the 'padded cell' subway cars of the 1880s Even the street cars were double decked Wartime transport and alternate uses of stations at night like bomb shelters 1920s subways, still using a dedicated engine But also still rocking to the mod 60s baby! The first underground, running in the 1860s. Imagine that pollution in a tunnel The cars were more like overland trains at this point in the 19th century Oh, yeah, parents, 2nd stop you have to spend time at. Just submit now Massive display of iconic underground posters, a mainstay for over a century Street cars, but 2 horsepower Primary transport before the London system was setup A stereoscopic paper toy showing the tunnel from the 1830s Unbelievable selection of transport memorabilia and souvenirs More substantial items upstairs The real food cafe above the gift shop


A great place for kids, and me, a big kid. So many items, all real, all life-sized. So many tantrums thrown when it was time to leave. So many cool shirts and toys and posters and all the things. I swear the shop is half the reason to go.

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