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Where are they going on the underground? #77438 12/09/04 08:41 PM
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“he and Sophie hurdled a turnstile at the Temple tube station and dashed deep into the grimy labyrinth of tunnels and platforms.”

There aren’t any turnstiles – there are electric barriers opened by a ticket, but I’d like to see anyone hurdle them, they’re big*. It would be possible to climb over them with difficulty, but what about the London Transport officer whois always present? And how did they get out they other end? Hurdled again? (The barriers have to be passed through each end of the journey). Why didn’t they buy tickets? Langdons got a credit card he could get cash with at a cash machine (ATM)

That part of the underground is not the tube (its forgivable mistake –the tube is the deep underground lines with the small trains and round bore tunnels), this is a cut&cover wide tunnel running immediately below the road surface. Temple station has two platforms (east & westbound) and one short (about 30 steps) staircase down to each. No labyrinth, not deep.

But where are they going anyway. Brown doesn’t say what their destination station is, but if they’re going to Kings College, then that’s next door to Temple Station, and the entrance is in the Strand – a road they’d have to walk down to get to Temple station.

Go to www.streetmap.co.uk and enter postcode WC2R 2PH – that centres the map on Temple station. You’ll see Kings College to the immediate left – the green block marked ‘coll’ and Somerset House and Fleet Street (where they’ve come from) above it.

* here's a pic of the underground barriers

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Re: Where are they going on the underground? #77439 12/10/04 06:31 PM
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Wow, it sounds like Brown really didn't do his research on this one, that he was imagining a generic New York subway stop and then just set it in London smile


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Re: Where are they going on the underground? #77440 12/11/04 05:15 PM
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Well there are some deep stations that connect different lines and they are like a labyrinth, but Temple isn't one of them.

I wondered if he got confused and Temple was supposed to be the destination station since its next to Kings College, but its hard to think of a station that is nearer to the church - or Kings College. And the church and Kings College are only five - ten minutes walk apart.

Incidentally - the official Temple Church web-site is at http://www.templechurch.com/index.htm and there is a site witha history and some fine photo's of the interior of the church at http://www.thecyberfarm.com/templars/templarbritain/templechurch/templechurch.htm

Re: Where are they going on the underground? #77441 12/13/04 09:47 AM
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Very cool, thanks!! When I get out there I should take a bunch of pictures to add to the site smile


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Re: Where are they going on the underground? #77442 12/13/04 10:43 AM
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Let me know when you're coming - I'll be glad to accompany you.

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But of course! Then you and I can pose out the Last Supper picture too smile


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Re: Where are they going on the underground? [Re: Peter May] #432132 01/21/21 07:58 PM
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That part of the underground is not the tube (its forgivable mistake –the tube is the deep underground lines with the small trains and round bore tunnels), this is a cut&cover wide tunnel running immediately below the road surface. Temple station has two platforms (east & westbound) and one short (about 30 steps) staircase down to each. No labyrinth, not deep.

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That part of the underground is not the tube (its forgivable mistake –the tube is the deep underground lines with the small trains and round bore tunnels), this is a cut&cover wide tunnel running immediately below the road surface. Temple station has two platforms (east & westbound) and one short (about 30 steps) staircase down to each. No labyrinth, not deep.
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