London Underground Signs and Roundels

Warwick Avenue, London Underground, Tube Station, Sign, London, 010

The Tube or simply the Underground, is a London public rapid transit system serving 270 stations, has 250 miles of track and carries 1.265 billion passengers every year. The network is considered the oldest transit system in the world. The first steam operated line was the Metropolitan, which opened in 1863 and the first line to operate electric traction trains was the City & South London Railway in 1890, now part of the Northern line.

One of my favorite photography subjects is the iconic “UNDERGROUND” and station sign or roundel, their bold colours and lines are striking subjects to photographic.

The word “UNDERGROUND” was placed in a roundel instead of a station name on posters in 1912 by Charles Sharland and Alfred France. The disc became an ring from 1915 and was further developed by Edward Johnston who registered the symbol as a trademark in 1917.

After The Electric Railways Underground Group and the Metropolitan Railway became part of the London Passenger Transport Board “LPTB” in 1933, it used forms of the roundel for buses, trams and coaches.The words “London Transport” were also added inside the ring, above and below the bar in some instances. Now “LPTB” is all considered as tfl “Transport for London”.

Below are some examples of my Underground Roundel images.Until next time, Happy Snapping.