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Visitors to London who are also transport enthusiasts (‘railfans’) sometimes ask for advice as to the ‘best’ things to see on London’s railway network. This page is part of a guide which aims to answer that question.

If this is the first time you have reached these pages then it is best to go to the Opening Page which sets the scene, explains the difference between the small and the large profile trains, offers advice on the best type of ticket to buy and photography tips.

Alternatively, it is possible to view everything on one page


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Jubilee Line
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Jubilee Line uses 1996 tube stock. . Jubilee Line uses 1996 tube stock.
The Jubilee Line uses 1996 tube stock seen here (above left) by using a telephoto lens to get around the visual blockage caused by the close mesh railings of the public footbridge just south of West Hampstead station.
Apart from closing the doors at stations and initiating station departure (which are still controlled by a 'real human') Jubilee Line trains are fully automated.

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Below / Above Ground

Open air Stanmore - Finchley Road and Canning Town - Stratford.
The rest is underground.

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. Jubilee Line Map; click image to see a larger version in a new window.
Map modified by me, original source & license:
Ed g2s / Wikipedia encyclopædia CC BY-SA 3.0
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jubilee_Line.svg
General Information

Jubilee Line Part 1: The section from Stanmore to Wembley Park opened in 1932, originally as part of the Metropolitan Railway. Because of soaring passenger numbers the existing Metropolitan Railway route could not cope with demand and a solution was found in building a new tube sized line south from Finchley Road to reach the Bakerloo Line at Baker Street, and then extend the Bakerloo Line trains to Stanmore. In 1979 this route was diverted south of Baker Street to run along a new alignment to Charing Cross via Bond Street and Green Park stations which became known as the Jubilee Line.

Between Wembley Park and Finchley Road the route is shared with the Metropolitan Line and Chiltern Railways services from Marylebone station; there is more information about this on the Shared Service Routes page.

St Johns Wood is especially feted for its architecture and the distinctive 1930's 'uplighter' lights in the escalator shaft. A short walk from this station is Abbey Road, where there is a famous (music) recording studio and zebra crossing as used by the Beatles pop group on the cover of one of their records.

Willesden Green station. . West Hampstead station waiting room.
Two Jubilee Line trains at the historic Willesden Green station as seen from Lydford Road railway bridge*. Although originally built by the Metropolitan Railway, nowadays Metropolitan Line trains only stop here at times of travel disruption. On the left can be seen the tracks used by Chiltern Railways trains which travel to / from London Marylebone station. . Inside the waiting room at West Hampstead station with
a 1996 Tube Stock train at the northbound platform.
* This link leads to a Google map showing this location; there is more information about this on the Shared Service Routes page.
https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&ll=51.547403,-0.213118&spn=0.011636,0.027595&t=m&z=15 .

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St Johns Wood escalator shaft. . St Johns Wood escalator shaft.
Escalator shaft at St Johns Wood which opened in 1939, showing the bronze uplighters and heritage-style modern metal escalators (plus fixed step central staircase) which look as if they still include real wood in their construction. . The Jubilee Line platform walls at Baker Street station feature murals depicting scenes from seven of Conan Doyle's stories about the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.
This image shows a scene from The Sign Of Four.
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Bond Street station. . Southwark Jubilee Line platforms.
A Jubilee Line 1996 tube stock train at Bond Street station.
Above the seats can be seen the 'wrapping paper' motif which represents a wrapped gift that had been purchased in one of the many shops (retail outlets / stores) in the vicinity of this station.
. North Greenwich - Westminster have platform edge doors;
this is Southwark station.

Jubilee Line Extension The Jubilee Line route between Green Park and Stratford opened in 1999 and is often still known as the Jubilee Line Extension (JLE). At the same time the Jubilee Line platforms at Charing Cross were closed, although when there is disruption to the service trains still travel to Charing Cross (to reverse direction of travel) but passengers are not allowed to travel in them. The closed platforms are often used as 'London' locations by the film (movie) industry, eg: James Bond.

The subterranean JLE stations (Westminster - North Greenwich) have full-height platform edge doors so photographing trains is 'not easy'. However many of these stations have been feted for their architectural merit, especially Westminster, Southwark, Bermondsey and North Greenwich. At the latter I dislike the way the escalators have been spread along the platform, this is because they are single escalators and as a result it is often a longer walk from the ticket barriers to the trains than would have been necessary had there been two escalators side by side - as is normal at most stations. This station has three platforms and sometimes trains from central London terminate here, instead of travelling through to Stratford.

Westminster station has won many awards for its architecture and therefore is also of interest to many people who have no interest in trains. However in many ways it probably would have been better had this station not won these awards, because whilst the station staff will happily use their extensive CCTV surveillance cameras to watch over every part of the station (from the central control room) they very much dislike passengers using their cameras to take photographs at this station.

The Jubilee Line part of Westminster station includes a large box-shaped hole that was dug out of the ground in which there are many sets of escalators between the different levels. The Jubilee Line platforms are stacked one on top of the other, plus there are different escalators for people entering / leaving the station and people changing trains between the Jubilee and District / Circle Lines. The flying buttresses, grey concrete walls and metal footplate flooring creates the impression of being in a space station.

Westminster station London.
The Jubilee Line part of Westminster station.
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Moving Walkway Waterloo Station. . North Greenwich escalator.
The moving walkways in an interchange passageway to / from the Jubilee Line at Waterloo station, with a 'static' walkway in between. . One of the escalators at North Greenwich station.

The main exit at Canary Wharf station has a bank of 5 escalators (which lead to an open-air piazza) plus several side exits which lead into an underground shopping and restaurant city. Built in reclaimed docklands the Canary Wharf area has become London's second financial district and everything is very modern. The shopping centre is open every day, and there are free toilets / washrooms / restrooms. The area above the station has been transformed into a very pleasant small city park with seats and water features.

Canary Wharf station entrance.
Fully weather protected secondary entrance to Canary Wharf Jubilee Line station and shopping centre.
. Canary Wharf Jubilee Line platforms.
Homeward-bound passengers queue
to board a train at Canary Wharf JLE station.

The station nearest to the Millennium Dome (which nowadays is known as the O2) is North Greenwich. Alongside is a major bus station which serves many destinations in south-east London.

Between Canning Town and Stratford the route is shared with Docklands Light Railway trains. The DLR is on the eastern side of the Jubilee Line. On the western side there is a large depot (between West Ham and Stratford). There is more information about this on the Shared Service Routes page.

At busy times trains often queue to enter Stratford. This could be because there should be four platforms, instead of just three.




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