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Clive D. W. Feather Clive D. W. Feather is offline
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Default A nice primer on London Tube vs. MTA Subway

In article , Knotso
Which leads to my next question ... do any geographic maps of the
tube exist? Where are they?

When you get there, look at some of the street maps available for sale,
and you'll see that some of them show the tube lines, although they're
usually subordinated to the streets. Of course, they'll only cover the
area being mapped.

They're also conceptual rather than real. That is, they tend to use
smooth curves to join the stations, rather than show where the line
actually goes.

* New York has many stations with two separate entrances for travel in
opposite directions; London does not, although a few stations do have
separate entrances for different lines, because they were originally
two separate stations.

But at such stations free interchange is nevertheless allowed.

* Parts of the system that aren't underground in New York are mostly
elevated over streets; in London they're generally at ground level.

Disagree: there are significant sections where the line runs on viaduct.
It's true that the lines mostly predate roads and so don't run over

* Unlike New York, station signage in London uses the American style
of distinguishing the directions of travel by compass points. In
both cities trains to different destinations may leave from the same
platform, but London trains do not carry signs for this on every car;
the primary way to tell them apart is the changing signs over the
platform, which also give an estimate of when the next few trains
(up to three) are coming.

and the sign on the front of the train.

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