Tuesday, July 22, 2014

London's termini in the fifties, sixties and early seventies

London's Termini in the 50s, 60s & Early 70s from Lewisham Bill on Vimeo.

I have a book on Romney Marsh, published in the early 1960s, that has a photograph of the new nuclear power station at Dungeness.

While the power station itself still looks modern, even futuristic, the cars parked outside seem quaint and comically bulbous. In short the power station and the cars look as though they come from quite different eras and it feels strange to see them together.

I get the same feeling from this video of trains at London termini with a contemporary soundtrack. The pop songs sound much more modern than the trains look.

Anyway, here is 44 minutes of sheer pleasure. And if anyone read my mention of Broad Street the other day and thought I had dreamt it, you can see the station at 32:42 and then enjoy a short trip along its viaduct north out of the City.

1 comment:

Richard T said...

Many thanks. I'm hard put to think of 40 or so minutes better spent for a fair while.