In my previous post, I mentioned how a trip to Britain is unlike any other. Our visit to the London Transport Museum is also unlike a visit to any other transport museum could be. Why? Because we remember.
Years ago, before we moved away, we travelled on those old buses and trains that fill the museum. We remember the bus conductor, who rang the bell to signal to the driver that he (always he) could continue to the next stop, took our money and printed tickets using the machine that hung on her neck. “Only five standing,” he’d call out.
And we love revisiting the old tube trains, which really functioned just as they do today, except that they were much quieter. None of that, “Mind the gap between the train and the platform edge.” And definitely no, “See it, say it, sorted.”
Of course, we see exhibits that even we aren’t old enough to remember. I find the film of the underground during the war very interesting and educational, as well as this notice. On all the occasions that I watched films of people sheltering from the bombs in underground stations during the war, I never realised how organised a procedure this was.
“I didn’t think you’d be interested in that,” said David of this museum.
Of course I am. This is where I grew up.
2 replies on “Visiting the London Transport Museum”
I used the Underground often when I lived in London as a student – now I wonder if I’d dare to do it….whether I could even get on and off fast enough! But it was fast and generally clean and reliable. And the bus conductors were marvellous – often telling me when to get off and where to change. I visited schools all over the place with more ease than I probably deserved. It would be fun to check the museum out now.
It’s strange (and fun) to visit a museum of part of your life.