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Friday, 25 March 2011

Sarah's Amazing London Tube Station

The Tube Train system in London, along with buses, is the main means of transport for the highly populated capital, and those living and working in the city depend very much on the tube for a quick, though somewhat crowed, means of travelling. I’ve seen samples of Tube Stations in SL and I’ve been quite impressed with the ingenuity of the builds, but the very best one I’ve seen has just been built by SarahKB7 Koskinen and you can find the Tube Station entrance right next door to Sarah’s store entrance (SKB Astrodroids). The Tube Station Sarah built is so life-like that it takes your breath away. In the ticket hall, the barriers leading to the escalator open as you pass through and even have the little green arrows indicating which one to use, just like the real thing. Down the escalator you go, passing the colourful adverts on the way, you can click these to get the landmarks of the stores shown in the ads. When you reach the bottom of the escalator there are two platforms and even station maps on the wall. One thing you will notice though, the tube station names are a little bit different to the real London ones, they are all places from the Star Wars films! “Mind the gap” the voice booms out as you approach the tube train, yes Sarah has all the sounds and announcements heard on the real Tube as well, plus there’s a copy of the information board overhead telling you when the next train is due; so clever!
The real Tube, also known as The Underground is a massive network of train lines covering a large part of Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire and is the oldest underground railway in the world. Built in 1863, the original parts of the Tube were the Circle Line, the Hammersmith & City line and the Metropolitan line. The service was the first to introduce electric trains in 1890. Although it’s called The Underground, 55% of the tracks are actually above ground. At the present time The Tube is the second longest metro system in the world (the first one being the Shanghai Metro) and covers 270 stations with 250 miles of track.

Take a trip over and explore Sarah’s amazing London Tube Station and also take a look in her fantastic sci-fi store where she sells beautifully crafted robots and other items.

Janey Bracken

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