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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

Here, I document my adventures in travel and life experiences generally. Hope you get inspired!

London Transport Museum | London City Tour (2/5)

London Transport Museum | London City Tour (2/5)

If you know what I do for a living (check About), then you will understand why this place appealed to me but most importantly, it was an eye opener to how much more work is required for Nigeria and Africa at large to reach its expected standard of transportation.

The London Transport Museum is located in the heart of Covent Garden. I arrived 9AM in the morning and paid £17.50 for the access ticket. The good news though is that the ticket is valid for one year, so you or anyone else can visit as much as possible within 12 months 'for free'.

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

The museum showcases the evolution of transportation in London, from the 18th century traditions to the modern form of transport. I was extremely impressed with the way I was whisked by the elevator to the second floor and transported back to 1800, with displays of the origin of various forms of transport.

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

One of my many highlights include the world’s first underground steam powered train and a wooden Metropolitan Railway coach (later converted to electricity). The display builds up to the building of the first passenger railway from London Bridge to Greenwich in 1833.

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

The museum is extremely interactive and even allows you step aboard real-like buses and trains. 

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

I also saw Victorian horse buses by the then London General Omnibus Company and I was taken aback by the stiff character of the government and the  railway entrepreneurs. I understand they ruthlessly expanded the  railways even when it meant dispossessing people of their properties. I guess this is what Nigeria needs but within the confine of Equator Principle of-course. We just need to develop this country and get the job done!. 

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

If you are a design lover or/and transport enthusiasts, you will appreciate the designs which showcase pioneering advertising posters and artworks. I saw Harry Beck’s original artwork for his groundbreaking London underground (tube) map and Frank Pick's development of the world-famous roundel transport logo.

"Frank Pick was the man responsible for rolling out the London underground brand and giving each line its own character and ensuring the emblematic bar and circle logo became an intrinsic part of London's visual identity" - Timeout.

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

The iconic red London bus and black cabs were displayed. I saw a range of bus artefacts that showcased the upheaval that took place in the capital city in particular, including a B-type bus. 

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

The End, but I leave us with a question - "what is your vision for public transport" in Nigeria? 

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

 London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

London Transport Museum | The Ajala Bug

Final thoughts on touring London Transport Museum

To reflect, after a trip, is the ultimate gift you can give yourself. The memories created and the new perception to infrastructure development will be helpful to me forever!. 

No doubt, the layout of the museum is completely unparalleled.

This museum has a modest but representative collection of transport methods in London. I appreciate the fact that it isn't a museum for geeks alone but a carefully explained history of London's growing need for the expansion of transport systems and how they came about. It sure speaks volume of the characters involved.

There’s quite a lot to see and do and keep everyone’s interest from kids to adults. You can sit in old carriages, drive a tube train simulator, sit in the driving seats of buses, shop for souvenirs and enjoy the restaurants.

Have you visited a museum in London or anywhere else that was/is this educative? Please share your experience with us.

Thanks for reading always.

Margaret.

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