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District Room Art Work - London Transport Decade by Decade

This is a record of the pictures around the wall of the District Room , showing London Transport decade-by-decade.

All photos in this series © Tom Chaffin


Showing what appears to be District Railway ‘B’ Stock, the original Bakerloo Line Oxford Circus station building, designed by Leslie Green and a London General Omnibus Company B-type bus.


Showing Underground Group G Class Stock,  a typical modernist Charles Holden designed station of the period - possibly Morden (now unfortunately with an office building over the top) and what appears to be ST type bus first introduced in 1930



1938 tube stock, designed by William Graff-Baker, past president of the Institution, the Felix Lander designed Park Royal station which opened in March 1936 and a Leyland CR (Cub) bus in Country area colours


Piccadilly Line 1973 Stock, the updated ticket hall at Charing Cross, the then southern terminal of the Jubilee Line and a Damiler Fleetliner bus.

1980 - 1990

The rather unsuccessful 1983 stock built for the  new Jubilee Line, the updated entrance to Tower Hill station and what appears to be a MCW Metrobus bus outside the Tower of London.


District Line R Stock, the first trains on the Underground in unpainted aluminium, a post war station, possibly West Acton which was designed by the Great Western Railway architect Brian Lewis and completed in November 1940. A RT (Regent Three) bus approaches the bus stop.


Central Line 1962 stock, Stockwell bus garage, which when it opened in 1952, had the largest unsupported roof span of any building in Europe and a iconic Routemaster bus.


Victoria Line 1967 stock, which were the first trains to use Automatic Train Operation, Blackhorse Road on the Victoria Line, complete with fibreglass relief of a black stallion.  The station was designed in-house by the London Transport Design panel  which included architect Kenneth Seymour and Misha Black. An AEC Swift bus pulls up outside.

The final Locomotive & Carriage Institution Committee meeting held in the District Room

© Nick Agnew

Most Locomotive & Carriage Institution Committee meetings and some lectures were held in the District Room , on the 7th Floor.

One memorable lecture held in this room was by Christopher Garnett of GNER who had just completed a marathon season to complete the bid to extend the East Coast Mainline franchise.  Despite being obviously completely shattered by working long hours during the  bidding process, he kept his appointment to talk to the Institution.

© Tom Chaffin

The District Room

The Boardroom

The majority of the Institution lectures were held in the Boardroom on the 7th Floor

Boardroom Art Work

This is a record of the pictures around the wall of the Boardroom

All photos in this series © Tom Chaffin



Photos © Tom Chaffin, accept were shown otherwise


Members enjoying the last Locomotive & Carriage Institution lecture held in 55 Broadway.

© Nick Agnew

Our President, Nick Agnew (next to the flipchart) says farewell to 55 Broadway.

Note picture of Frank Pick to the left of Nick7

© Tom Chaffin

Directional sign from Blackfriars Underground station with four flight  “Mexican arrow”, fully lined-out roundel in Johnson typeface, circa 1930

An oil painting of Albert Henry Stanley, 1st Baron Ashfield, Chairman of the  Underground Electric Railways Company of London and then London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) from 1933 to 1947.

Looking over Broadway and Tothill Street from the roof, and including the London Eye, Central Hall Westminster, the Shard, Westminster Abbey and the Victoria Tower

© Roland Gillott

The clock tower from the roof of the main building

© Roland Gillott

The corridor with the Board Room on the left

© Roland Gillott

Over the years a handful of meetings were held on the 10th floor, when the Boardroom was not available

10th Floor Canteen exit to roof terrace

© Roland Gillott

Looking over Caxton Street and the St Ermin’s Hotel, from the roof.   Note Battersea Power Station chimneys in the distance.

© Roland Gillott

Service pipe works in the roof area

© Roland Gillott

Staircase to roof.  Note ornate tiles and banisters

© Roland Gillott

The seventh floor landing

© Roland Gillott

Model of 55 Broadway on the 10th Floor

LHS: photo -  © Humphrey Gillott, RHS: © Roland Gillott

7th Floor Lift Lobby Doors

© Roland Gillott

Between the doors to the West Wing are the former mail ‘Shoots’ to the post room marked”Mail Country” and “Mail London and Aboard”

© Roland Gillott

The final Locomotive & Carriage Institution lecture held in 55 Broadway was on Direct Rail Services

© Tom Chaffin

An print of a painting of bus conductress during WW II.  The text below reads

“How proud upon the quarterdeck you stand, conductor - captain- of the mighty bus!  Like some Columbus you survey the Strand. A calm newcomer in a sea of fuss.  

You maybe tired - how cheerfully you clip.  Clip in the dark with one eye on the street  -  Two decks, one pair of legs, a rolling ship - Much on your mind - and fat men on your feet!

The sirens blow and death is in the air.  Still at her post the trusty captain stands.  And counts her change and scampers of the stair.  As brave as a sailor the King commands.

A.P Herbert

Copies of iconic London Transport Posters

7th Floor Corridor and Lobby

The path from the lifts to the Boadroom and District Room

10th Canteen

  © Humphrey Gillott,

: © Roland Gillott

10th Floor Balconies

West Wing of the building at night

© Tom Chaffin

Close-up of the down pipe gullies with the London Transport bulls eye

© Tom Chaffin