Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Funding your retirement with London Underground (Tube) maps

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Though London Underground network can be quite confusing to the tourists. After plying through the same routes on a daily basis, one would probably not have to rely on the map after being in London for a couple of weeks.

I remember when I first come to London, I used to have a Tube map handily tucked in my pocket. Gradually, as I become more familiar with the network, I no longer find it necessary to carry a Tube around and scoffed at those who still does .

Bad mistake.

Some time back, I stumbled upon some Tube maps being auctioned on EBay. One 1937 London Underground map was going at over £23 (exclude postage) while the 1964 version was going for just under £7. It was not exactly a king's ransom but considering that it was given out for free back then, the returns were mathematically infinite.

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For those of us who are hoping to fund our retirement with these Tube maps, hope is still in sight. The London Underground is currently publishing Tube maps on a quarterly basis with a new design each time round. So the next time you past by the Tube ticket booth, grab some maps. Who knows? They may just worth a fortune a couple of decades down the road.

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8 comments:

William Wallace said...

It seems the tube map is potentially valuable in more ways than one, I never go out without one safely tucked into my back pocket and just in case I have one in my wallet as well….

Nomadic Matt said...

wait another 40 years and you'll be all set!

Joanne said...

Hi CK,

I just recently arrived in London and commute to work via the DLR. One thing about the DLR is that there aren't any barriers at the stations.

My question is, what are the chances of getting caught if I choose not to tap my Oyster card in and out of the station? I've never seen a conductor in my time spent here, but maybe I just wasn't paying enough attention.

Traveller said...

wow you got your own guide already!

C K said...

@William,
Doesn't hurt to have some safely tucked away in a humidity regulated safe. lol. Like I said, your retirement might depend on them.

@Matt,
Absolutely! Counting down by the day...

@Joanne,
To answer your question, there are conductors in both Tube and DLR. Some are plainclothes. Just the other day, there was one in plain clothes and holding a Selfridges bag doing inspection. Read 15 July entry on http://london-underground.blogspot.com/

On the same note, I notice that a number of metro (or subway) systems in Europe do not come with gantries, the same goes for London's bendy buses; paying for them depend on the integrity of the passengers. London Transport is already running a huge deficit, I don't think we should make it worse by not paying our dues. :)


@Traveller,
Eh? Did I? Are you were referring to the London Guide 2007 that is provided free to anyone who signs up at the top right corner of this site?

EastCoastLife said...

How do you store them? To earn more, you have to buy a lot of them. :)

Emm said...

How peculiar - I don't leave home without my tube map (even though I travel it perhaps once a week) and I staretd a fight with my other half when he removed my card sized tube map from my oyster card holder.

C K said...

@ECL,
I just chucked them in a corner of my drawer and hope that termites doesn't get them first. :)

@Emm,
I rely on the huge tube map available at each station instead. Can't go wrong with that, can you?