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This application for Windows provides a complete simulation of the London Transport Underground timetable, based on November 1989. It was first developed as a RISC OS application able to run in a 1Mbyte Wimpslot and was developed between August 1991 and April 1994. In 2010 it was converted to a Windows version and was further developed in 2013 and 2021. It used a draw vector of the LT underground map provided with Draw+ and it was only in 2021 that I created my own, geographic map of the LT system which would allow it to be distributed. The RISC OS application has also been updated.

What is the Guiness record?

It is a bit like timing yourself to run round the garden but then moving house several times. In 1959 the rules for this contest were rather simple: visit every London Transport Underground station. The definition of what constituted 'every station' looked simple but was anything but. In 1959 the tube lines were well defined but the sub-surface ones were not. There was an LT-owned station served by passenger trains at which no LT trains called - King's Cross CWL used to be a separate station, also used by the Circle/Met lines but the Met station was moved on 13.04.1941 to its present site offering better interchange and the old station was then only used by two or three LMS services each way to and from Moorgate, the LNER services using Kings Cross main line station. BR-owned lines that saw regular LT electric services (Richmond and Wimbledon) and steam services (Aylesbury) were clearly branded as 'Underground' at the time. Regular passenger services had run using LT stock to places as far afield as Southend (from Ealing Broadway via LT&S). Main line stock from Windsor running through to Liverpool Street via the connection at Paddington had also ceased but the four platforms 12 to 15 were still shared by both BR and LT services until their segregation in the early 1960s. The definition of what had to be covered has therefore focused on LT publicity material in the form of the Underground map.

In 1959 LT services still ran to Aylesbury but the branch to South Acton closed that year, reducing the number of stations from 276 to 275. The stations at Elephant & Castle and Hammersmith were actually separate requiring a road to be crossed but were shown as an interchange on the LT map: I have therefore treated them as a single location. The stations at Shepherds Bush (Met and Central) have always been entirely separate and regarded as such, as have those at Edgware Road (Bakerloo and Met). At Paddington the Circle/District station and its interchange with the Bakerloo has always been separate from the Met line which used the suburban part of the main line station and was named Praed Street to distinguish it until 11.07.1947. Since that time the Paddington complex has been regarded as a single location for interchange and I have therefore also treated Paddington as a single location. Whether the Waterloo and City line is included is moot as both its stations are included anyway.

Over the years the number of stations has changed, and this has been reflected in the various record attempts, shown thus: