'Untangling the tracks' exhibition now on at London Transport Museum

How do you untangle the tracks approaching one of the busiest stations in the UK?

How can you keep millions of passengers moving while undertaking a huge project to transform an ageing railway and its stations – and make sure they’re kept up to date?

Visit the latest London Transport Museum exhibition called ‘Untangling the tracks’ which opened in May 2019 – to discover how the Thameslink Programme tackled the challenges of communicating major infrastructure projects to large audiences in creative ways.

Visit the exhibition and…

  • Explore how historic London Transport posters and their modern Thameslink equivalents help to communicate important updates to passengers
  • Solve an ‘Untangling the Tracks’ puzzle to divert trains into the right platforms, a challenge inspired by the engineering behind the new Bermondsey dive-under
  • See miniature models of new central London stations including Blackfriars – the only station to span the Thames
  • Experiment with a class 700 train model – can you spread out the passengers evenly?
  • Take part in the museum’s family activities: STEM-inspired workshops and story time sessions about the amazing landmarks on the Thameslink route including St Pauls Cathedral and the River Thames.

Families can also take part in the exhibition’s STEM-inspired workshops and story time sessions. Find out more on the museum’s Family Events page.

The origins of the Thameslink route can be traced back to the London, Chatham and Dover Railway and their extension over the river Thames in 1866. The LC&DR was the only railway line to reach into the heart of London – all other lines terminated at the edge of the city.

Today the Thameslink route links destinations from the south coast through London to the east of England. The Thameslink Programme was a government funded modernisation programme involving Network Rail, train operators Govia Thameslink Railway and Southeastern, and train builders Siemens.

It ensured millions of passengers could continue to travel through London Bridge and other stations, while undertaking a huge infrastructure project to transform and modernise an aging railway and its stations. New trains now run on ‘untangled tracks’ into a completely re-built London Bridge station.

Untangling the tracks traces the history of the Thameslink route from 1866 through to the recent £7bn modernisation programme. It looks at the complexity of upgrading the UK’s railway network – the oldest in the world – and the impact on passengers.

Is short-term disruption worth long-term improvement? Have your say by visiting the Museum!

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