Secrets of the Victoria Line
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Secrets of the Victoria Line

November 15, 2019


The Victoria Line is used by over by over 200 million passengers a year, carried along by forty-seven new trains and is the only tube line to run entirely underground. But I bet that even if you’re a frequent traveller on the line, the chances are you’ll not have spotted some of the more unusual things about it. So we’re going to ride the entire length of the Victoria Line starting at here Walthamstow and try and find one interesting thing about all sixteen stations. Let’s go. So this is my favourite thing about Walthamstow station, the old, “Which train is next?” indicator. It was big, it lit up, you could see it from a distance as you came down the escalator. The modern equivalent, as you can see is having a few troubles today as there’s two trains in but… I don’t know which one to get. Now you might think all Victoria Line stations look the same but in fact they all have individual tiling motifs. Blackhorse Road station, for example, has the most obvious with a black horse. And if you don’t like the one at platform level then there’s this big, bad boy outside the station itself. Look at it, it’s life-size, isn’t it? At Seven Sisters, look out for staff getting on at the terminating platform, to be taken to the nearby Northumberland Park depot. Oh, and the motif. I don’t know what they are… …but there’s seven sisters, there are seven of them. A quick bit of online research reveals that this motif represents the seven elm trees that were planted at the nearby Page Green from where Seven Sisters gets its name. If you follow me… I’ve always quite liked this A hot air balloon mosaic. Another oddity is that Finsbury Park is the busiest station in terms of passengers on the Underground, But doesn’t have any Oyster barriers. You can get all the way to the platform without touching in. Just missed one! At Highbury and Islington, look out on the other side of the road for the Great Northern and City Railway original station building. It opened in 1904 and lasted until 1975. But the building still stands today. And on to Kings Cross, where it’s not so much a thing to see but something which you might like to know about to do. If you follow the official station signs of how to change to other lines then they make you walk down this long corridor and it takes ages to get there. Whereas if we instead go this way it brings you down this short stairway instead and it’s much quicker. Art on the Underground are currently installing 270 labyrinths all around the London Underground network this year. But at one station, there’s already one. I’m at Warren Street and obviously there’s a maze – or warren on the wall. Or is it a labyrinth? But while you’re here, there’s something else to look out for as well. My favourite thing about Warren Street is that if you pop over to the Northern Line platforms you’ll find that it wasn’t once called Warren Street but in 1907 it was called Euston Road instead. And on to Green Park where at the end of the Victoria Line corridor is the Piccadilly Line corridor. At the Piccadilly end there are more dark blue tiles and only the odd silver tile to represent the Jubilee Line. By the time we reach the other end of the corridor… Now the corridor is quite long, so we’ll do the whole speed-it-up routine again. Aaaand… We’re there. …the number of blue tiles have diminished and the number of silver tiles to represent the Jubilee Line have increased. Piccadilly. The Jubilee. Just by one the exits of the tube at Victoria station itself is a gorgeous old railway map from the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway. Worth checking out. Pimlico is the least-used station on the Victoria Line and I’m guessing you’ve probably not been here. But what I like about this is that if you come to the Rampayne Street entrance there’s a London Underground roundel sort of burnt into the concrete on the floor here. And if you look up you’ll see where it’s coming from. Now, some of the tile mosaic patterns on Victoria Line stations are hard to work out what they are. And at a first glance, you might not guess this one either at Stockwell. But take a closer look and you can see it’s a swan. A very obvious reference to the popular Swan pub across the road from the station. So we’ve got to the southern end of the Victoria Line we’ve come to Brixton, where if you come outside and look at the station building you can’t fail to miss the largest London Underground roundel on the whole Tube network. Quite a fitting end to our journey.

100 Comments

  • Reply MaxVidyStudios April 15, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    its like a video game easter egg video but about real life.

  • Reply ZRH Trainspotter April 16, 2018 at 10:24 am

    The 2009 stock has the sound of the RB418 chopper.

  • Reply yinkYT 2005 April 30, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I went to the Victoria line

  • Reply AutomatiCraft May 2, 2018 at 1:02 am

    2:18 to 2:22 Nice rhyme, Geoff: "If you follow the official signs on how to change to other lines"

  • Reply yinkYT 2005 May 3, 2018 at 6:07 am

    wwwsouthernrailways.co.uk

  • Reply yinkYT 2005 May 3, 2018 at 6:07 am

    This train is the southern service to caterham

  • Reply Alistair Giles Smith May 12, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Where is…. secrets of the central line ????

  • Reply Jamie d May 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    waterloo and city is all underground

  • Reply Loki Tops June 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    0:16 it is not because the depot is considered above ground

  • Reply Kellan Palmer June 15, 2018 at 8:12 am

    I been on this to Oxford Circus

  • Reply Kellan Palmer June 15, 2018 at 8:12 am

    its the UNDERGROUND

  • Reply Kellan Palmer June 15, 2018 at 8:13 am

    it is fast of 80 MPH

  • Reply Kellan Palmer June 15, 2018 at 8:16 am

    dark blue Piccadilly line. silver Jubilee line

  • Reply Bushra Hamid June 18, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    in 2015 i didn't see that tile pattern at stockwell station at 4:07 even though i went to this station mutiple times to change for the northern line

  • Reply Pavel Ivanov July 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Finsbury Park Cross-Rail station.

  • Reply Pavel Ivanov July 1, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    My favourite line in the tube.

  • Reply Zacharry Lubang July 19, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I used to live at Walthamstow and people in Pimlico hear the trains under their houses

  • Reply J p b Dude July 24, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Hoe Street.

    H*e Street.

    WTFH?

  • Reply J p b Dude July 31, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    It doesn’t feel faster on the Finsbury Park thing when you put the video on 2x here

  • Reply Cpr1234 August 9, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    On the Victoria line you can connect to these Underground lines at these stations:

    Finsbury Park: Piccadilly
    King's Cross St Pancras: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern and Piccadilly
    Euston: Northern
    Warren Street: Northern (Google Maps also show the Hammersmith & City Metropolitan and Circle lines passing here but it seems they dont serve this station)
    Oxford Circus: Bakerloo, Central
    Green Park: Jubilee, Piccadilly
    Victoria: Circle, District
    Stockwell: Northern

    At all other Victoria line stations, you cannot connect to other lines

  • Reply DeRepear August 11, 2018 at 1:37 am

    What about Tottenham Hale? It's a pretty big station for anyone who travels in from the outskirts of North London or Herts/Essex.

  • Reply Finn Rudebeck August 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Omg! The Victoria Line has got 16 stations and carries more than 200m passengers a year, the entire Subway in Stockholm has got 100 stations and carries 360m passengers a year!

  • Reply William H. Baird September 2, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Another Good Vid!

  • Reply MAZMESZAROS September 7, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Where’s Tottenham Hale. Crap video

  • Reply Cool GamerRO September 9, 2018 at 11:54 am

    3:40 "Currently undergoing huge improvements, to be complete by 2018" It's 2018.

  • Reply The Aspectz September 10, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Tottenham Hale’s picture is about the canal near it!!!!

  • Reply Matthew Field September 14, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I watch this series everytime I go to London and travel on the Tube. I always look out for these and other things Geoff Might have missed or didn’t mention.

  • Reply hublanderuk September 30, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    At Brixton me and my Dad once worked at finding out why the Blue lights of the Fin at Brixton was not working. The LED light was full of water. At Pimlico and Warren Street I help pull in cables in the under-croft under the platforms

  • Reply YourHouseLondon October 5, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I love your video about underground secret, it's very cool to learn more about my city thank you!!!

  • Reply trainz 4460 productions October 5, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    1:02 NORFOLK SOUTHERN WHATS YO FUNCTION

  • Reply Neil Sharman October 13, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Doesn't have oyster barriers? It does now.

  • Reply Raph CJ October 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    I think that Seven Sisters should be called Southern Tottenham

  • Reply Florence Nightingale October 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Nice video

  • Reply Puggle Aviatour October 28, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Ab trains copied you on mind the gap

  • Reply Matthew Dunderdale October 30, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    pimlico:- only station of the 270 on the tube to have no letters of the word badger!!

  • Reply Charliep435 November 3, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Finsbury Park now has oyster barriers

  • Reply gamingwith gamer November 12, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I WENT THERE BLACKHORSEROAD😁😀OMGand fensbury park kings cross I WENT to all of them

  • Reply jjtwhite December 4, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    They have recognised the line and they are so frequent!😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

  • Reply Turkan Sahan December 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    1:39 is not a Victoria line secret its actually piccadilly line

  • Reply Redyyy December 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    No vauxhall

  • Reply Martin December 14, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Visited all 16 stations………… and couldn`t find bugger all of interest.
    I worked on the construction of the Viccy line 53 years ago.

  • Reply Nicky Haugh December 20, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    The Victoria Line is my #7 favourite London Underground tube line!!!

  • Reply Planes and Trains Fan December 21, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    If you slow the video down at 1:50 there is a yellow card reader on his left hand side

  • Reply PigletTube December 22, 2018 at 8:16 am

    No , it’s not the only tube that stays underground because the depot it over the ground it’s the Waterloo and city line because the depot is under the ground.

  • Reply Mr. mcGamer December 29, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Brixtn bakwurd notxirb

  • Reply Sahar Elsadig January 8, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    You know what’s my favorite station on the London Underground. The answer is Stockwell tube station

  • Reply chris ward January 22, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Geoff's visibly impressed by the jubilee tiles at 3:37

  • Reply Mick Daubney January 26, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    A few days ago I found a couple of videos featuring the construction of the Victoria Line back in the 1960s including the extensive work carried out at Oxford Circus https://youtu.be/lN0mh2dnyrg. Hope you find this useful.

  • Reply K.o.R February 16, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    To add to the exit advice for Kings Cross, you want to be at the southern end of the train. Exit the platform at that end and the escalators to the ticket office and the main line stations are right there.

  • Reply Alex White February 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    the victoria line dosent seem that long at all…only sixteen stations

  • Reply Emma Paignton February 22, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    love that victoria line accelerating smell

  • Reply Chris Green March 3, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    You didn’t say how many steps there were

  • Reply daniel chi March 16, 2019 at 2:46 am

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  • Reply Jack Taylor-Stoakes March 25, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Waterloo and city line is the only line to run entirely underground

  • Reply hannah byrne April 17, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    I find these a good watch cause even though I don't live in London when I am there though I always go on the tube and now these make me just want to go on the tube and see all these amazing things

  • Reply Wing Sin April 19, 2019 at 6:56 am

    My favourite line by far!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Nikola Mrozek April 22, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    I live in Walthamstow in the middle of blockhorse road and Walthamstow station

  • Reply Super Mario April 25, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Groupe PSA 🇦🇿🇬🇪🇦🇲🇵🇹

  • Reply Sherlock Holmes90 May 3, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Victoria Line AkA(mosaic line)

  • Reply DxSaternPlayzxD 00 May 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    They should extend the Victoria line

  • Reply Ahmed Elrasheed May 17, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Wait so you can get into Finsbury Park without paying? I’m confused 1:54

    p.s I don’t live in London and not familiar with the tube

  • Reply C May 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    So many Easter eggs!

  • Reply Railway Fan 2007 HD June 1, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    1.Why No Euston
    2.1:18–1:26 Seven Sisters=Seven Super Girls

  • Reply man calledrobimisthebest June 9, 2019 at 9:42 am

    1234567890

  • Reply Daniel Tv June 9, 2019 at 10:26 am

    I’ve been to the Victoria line for real life

  • Reply BW June 13, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    They added barriers at finsbury

  • Reply Leong Kum Fatt June 14, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Walthamstow Central
    Opened as Hoe Street in 1870.

  • Reply Connor Murphy July 7, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve seen the corridor for the Piccadilly and Jubilee lines when I was in London

  • Reply safin moloo July 12, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Forgot Tottenham Hale and Vauxhall

  • Reply Desmond O'Brien July 14, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    The fastest line across London

  • Reply 6rooroo July 15, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Pimlico is the only tube station that doesn’t have any letters of the word ‘badger’

  • Reply Train Spotter July 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

    You missed out Euston

  • Reply Saadan 100 July 15, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Anyone 2019?

  • Reply Tengiz Cengiz July 17, 2019 at 9:37 am

    2:20 finally a short cut on the dreaded kings x

  • Reply Hamza Zaman July 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Old town road horse

  • Reply Baby Anky - Fister July 27, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Seven sisters there are seven trees and they are sisters

  • Reply Jonah Kemp July 29, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Nice London Underground song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dftDPLAylU&t=25s

  • Reply Mugove Wilson Mujere July 31, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    my favorite line geoff 's favorite line.the best line on the system it may have only 16 stations but i love it.one of the bussiest lines

  • Reply Kamil Frak August 6, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Victoria isn't the only line completely underground, the WATERLOO AND CITY line!?

  • Reply the boss August 15, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    He missed Tottenham hale

  • Reply leopold August 16, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I used Pimlico station quite a few times when I was living in London, as the office I was working in was on Millbank. I used it for a few weeks, until I realised that the office was just as close to Vauxhall, but saved me a fortune in travel costs (but was bloody freezing walking across Vauxhall Bridge in winter!)
    Incidentally, where is Vauxhall station in your video?

  • Reply Kamil Frak August 17, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    And The Victoria is not completely underground if you consider the over ground depot as part of the line.

  • Reply Jasmine Johnston August 21, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Characters from the kids show Underground Ernie are named after London Underground lines. Victoria, Bakerloo, Hammersmith And City, Jubilee and Circle are all talking trains from the show named after tube lines!

  • Reply FnafFan 2006 August 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    I've actually done a cab ride on the Victoria line

  • Reply Jack Sugden September 8, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    All very bland looking stations, Oxford Circus has new tiles, what matters is the engineering that went into the projects but a victim of its own success with chronic overcrowded trains at rush hour something they can’t solve with a new ticket hall at Victoria.

  • Reply Josh’s Plushies and more September 10, 2019 at 5:28 am

    Is anyone talking about the screams in the background in the end

  • Reply Yusuf Yusra September 22, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Hello Undergground

  • Reply Yusuf Yusra September 22, 2019 at 8:41 am

    WHERE Ever You are going ask me

  • Reply poteyatocheapp September 23, 2019 at 7:02 am

    0:37 hey look its h o e s t r e e t

  • Reply wooden pickaxe4 September 23, 2019 at 10:15 am

    and the stashon is next to a road

  • Reply mediagirl September 27, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Victroria is the only line entirely underground… um… Waterloo & City?!

  • Reply Splatoon is the worst game of all time. October 1, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Here, Geoff Marshall said that Pimlico is the least used, but several years later, he says that Blackhorse Road is the least used.

  • Reply Transport for Louis October 4, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Geoff you've come so far

  • Reply catrina moy October 8, 2019 at 5:53 am

    Victoria
    brIxton
    kings Cross St Pancras
    Tottenham Hale
    Oxford Circus

    plImlico

    waRRen Street
    vAuxhall

  • Reply Trainspotting Kingdom October 11, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    You forgot Tottenham Hale, Vauxhall and Euston

  • Reply the boss October 13, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    3:50 he said it’s the least used station but it’s actually Blackhorse road

  • Reply LauderBLOX November 2, 2019 at 6:12 am

    No it's not all underground 2013 Geoff, that's the Waterloo and City Line.

  • Reply Julia Naylor November 3, 2019 at 4:14 am

    I first went on the Victoria Line in the early seventies in a shocking pink coat and black boots as an eleven year old.

  • Reply Julia Naylor November 3, 2019 at 4:17 am

    I used to used Pimlico when I went to Tate Britain.

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