As fans of the popular British television show are aware (or perhaps unaware?), this of course is a fictitious station, which is not found on any Underground map past or present. The station was created on the back-lot of BBC Elstree studios and is now a permanent fixture, with its mock Leslie Green facia.
The fictitious station is located on the District line. The map on the wall was printed with actual train times to and from Walford East - though closer inspection of the map showed that Walford East was located between Bow Road and West Ham (thus taking the place of Bromley-by-Bow). The trains that can be occasionally seen passing on the line are in reality motorised not by electricity, but are in fact pushed along by stagehands! More recently, passing trains have been digitally added.
Last Modified: April 27th 2005
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Top photograph taken by SJA sometime about 1996, bottom taken autumn 1998.
Thanks to David Scard for supplying accurate location information!
The image of the map showing Walford East's location on the District line was taken by Simon Kisner, while on a tour of Elstree Studios, near Christmas 2004.
All material on this page is © 2001 Hywel Williams unless otherwise noted.
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