Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

STATIONTO STATION; Advertisement Feature; Lots of People Have Travelled the Length of the Tube - but Only One Has Had His Photo Taken at Each of Its 270 Stops, Steve Cording Met the Man Who Went the Extra Mile

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

STATIONTO STATION; Advertisement Feature; Lots of People Have Travelled the Length of the Tube - but Only One Has Had His Photo Taken at Each of Its 270 Stops, Steve Cording Met the Man Who Went the Extra Mile

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Byline: Steve Cording

Tim McCready created a unique piece of London Underground history in 2012. Many commuters know that the Piccadilly line ends at Cockfosters, that the Central line finishes at Epping and that Morden is the end of the Northern line - but how many have taken the time to get off at every station on every line? New Zealand-born businessman McCready has been to all 270 stations after spending seven days spread over five months travelling the entire 250 miles of the Tube network.

"When I arrived in Britain last year, we travelled into London on the Tube and I asked several of my English friends if they had visited every station," he explained. "Once they'd finished laughing at me, they told me they hadn't and that it was a ridiculous idea, which only made me more determined to do it."

The world record for travelling the entire length of all 11 lines stands at 16.5 hours, but McCready wanted to create his own record.

"The stations are what interested me," he said. "What had never been done before was anyone getting off at each platform and having a photo taken next to the station name. This meant that I saw some fascinating things on my journey, and spotted interesting anomalies at each station.

"I expected many of them to be identical, but you can see that a real effort has been made over the 150 years of the Tube to add different touches to every one."

For instance, did you know that there are five London Underground stations - Barking, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Upminster and Wimbledon - that don't have the iconic roundel signs installed on their platforms? All of these are in fact National Rail stations served by London Underground. Similarly, who knew that Clapham North and Clapham Common are the last two stations on the network with narrow island platforms with tracks on either side? "My photographer Darren Keane, another Kiwi, and I had to get out at each stop, take a picture, and wait for the next train, which took anything from two minutes to 40 minutes," he said. "We travelled in our spare time, starting in the mornings and finishing late at night. …

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