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contest! invent a tube station for a fictional location

We have a winner! For sheer creativity, Ide Cyan gets the Tube prize pack.

I’m bumping this up in the hopes of getting some more entries in the last few days before the deadline, which is this Thursday, March 19.

Tooting Bec. Ickenham. Barking. Chigwell. Cockfosters. Seven Sisters. Tufnell Park. Gospel Oak. Finchley Road & Frognal. Headstone Lane.

The London tube system is packed with odd, fanciful, and unusual station names. Some of them sound like the clever invention of a witty poet. The names of the tube lines are evocative, too: Bakerloo. Jubilee. Victoria.

Let’s have fun with this.

Here’s the deal:

Invent a tube station and a tube line for a fictional location, preferrably one that’s appeared in a movie or TV. I won’t be strict about that — your location could be from a book or comic or some other source, but it should be well known enough so that most of us of the pop-culture-aware geek persuasion will recognize it.
For instance, if you wanted to visit Bilbo Baggins, you might take the Shire line to Hobbiton High Street. If you wanted to visit Elizabeth Bennet, you might take the Regiment line to Meryton Green. If you wanted to visit Luke Skywalker, you might take the Imperial line to Mos Eisley and switch to the Anchorhead line to Tosche Station. Those aren’t terribly original examples, and the pickings among the entries would have to be pretty slim for any of them to win, so feel free to come up with a better example for one of the same locations.

The locations don’t have to be in London, obviously. And if do choose one in London, you should still invent a line and station for it. Since the Leaky Cauldron is in London, some actual, existing tube stop will already be closest to it (wherever it is), but you’d have to make up a new one anyway. The point of the contest is to come up with something that reflects the fictional world you’re in as well as sounding tube-ish.

If you need more info about the tube for inspiration, check out these sites:

Transport for London (official)
current tube map (official)
London tube on Wikipedia

The winner will get a few tube souvenirs I picked up in London. Don’t get too excited: it’s nothing big, not a magic Oyster card that magically keeps itself topped up or anything like that. Just some little goodies.

A few rules:

1) Contest is open to anyone, anywhere, as long as you have a mailing address I can send your prizes to. Winners are responsible for any customs duties they may incur if my prize package has to cross borders. (The overall value of the package is only about $10, though, so it’s not much.)

2) One entry per person. You can repeat locations from previous entries, if you want, but I’d prefer it if you didn’t, just so we get as wide a range of inventiveness as possible.

3) Post your entry here as a comment.

4) Deadline is Thursday March 19, 11:59pm Eastern. Any entries posted after that will be enjoyed for their cleverness, but will not be eligible to win.

5) Have fun!



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