Inside the 'ghost' Underground station used as air raid shelter during the Blitz and in filming for Atonement
Visitors have been able to take tours of closed Aldwych Tube Station – which includes a platform which stopped operating in 1914 and original 1907 lifts
09:54 GMT, 3 December 2012
A secret disused underground station that was used by thousands of Londoners during the Blitz has been opened up for rare public viewing.
Visitors have been able to take a tour of the Aldwych Tube Station, one of London's closed underground stations, which included a platform which stopped operating in 1914.
The station, which looks the same as it did nearly a century ago, has been used for filming in Atonement, V For Vendetta, Superman 4 and 28 Weeks Later.
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Visitors were given a rare chance to see the disused station which was used during the Blitz. The tracks were laid before the introduction of suicide pits common on tube lines today
Many of the 'original' posters are actually props left by film and television companies, here they cover original tile work
The original 1907 lifts are still in place, though no longer operational and can be viewed during the tour
The original 1907 lifts are still in place, though no longer operational. There is also a platform that shows the tracks laid before the introduction of suicide pits common on tube lines today.
Part of the tour includes a climb down an old spiral emergency stairs and there is an original Piccadilly line tube train still sat at one of the platforms.
London Transport Museum held tours of the station today and will hold tours again next weekend.
The tour includes a platform closed in 1914 which was used as a store for the National Gallery during the 2nd World War.
VIDEO: Mini tour. Inside the 'ghost' Underground Station at Aldwych
The tunnel still accesses Holburn station. The tour included a platform closed in 1914 which was used as a store for the National Gallery during the 2nd World War
An original Piccadilly line tube train sits at a platform. It is used by emergency services and was most recently used by the SAS to train during the Olympic Games
London Transport Museum held the tours this weekend and will hold them again next weekend
Among items stored were the Elgin
Marbles – a collection of stone objects, sculptures, inscriptions and
architectural features – acquired by Lord Elgin during his time as ambassador to the Ottoman court of the Sultan in Istanbul.
These objects were purchased by the British.
Although it was only closed in 1994, it holds a special fascination for people as it is still visible above ground.
An underground map of old tube lines. Visitors were give a rare chance to glimpse what happens to a station after the public leave
Deserted: Passenger walkways retain their original features and tiles, though some of the paintwork is deteriorating
The station has been used during the filming of Atonement, V for Vendetta, Superman 4 and 28 weeks later
It is also one of the stations
that has a dual hidden history, as even when open, only one of two
platforms was in use.
The tube was also used as part of a security drill by the SAS for the London 2012 Games.
Emergency services swarmed on the disused Aldwych station, a stone's throw from central London's Royal Courts of Justice, to deal with would-be casualties in the mocked-up terror attack on the transport network.
Actress Keira Knightley, pictured, lies in the disused Underground station in the film Atonement
Air raid shelter: Londoners sleeping in Holburn tube station in 1940 during the Blitz in World War II