I did a day trying to cover as many Tube stations as possible in a day, but did not do it as any
sort of official challenge, other than personal.
At the time in 1965, there were 273 stations, including the Bakerloo Line to Watford Junction,
with an all day service, the East London Line from Shoreditch to New Cross and New Cross
Gate, plus Epping to Ongar and no Victoria Line.
I chose not to cover Aldwych, Olympia and Shoreditch, due to either no service or an irregular
service, on a Saturday. That set the challenge at 270 stations. As I had to get home from my final
station(Upminster to Edgware), I needed to be at Upminster by 23:15, having started at 05:15 from
Edgware. Not a record breaking trip to start at Edgware, nor to do the Circle Line as a complete
circle, but hey-ho, it was off we go.
I made a 'rough' timetable from the 'Underground Guide' using frequencies and time between
stations, which proved to be a really good guide. At 20:15, I was still on time at Hainault,
having run ahead and behind the draft plan along the way. Unfortunately for me, the 20:15
train from Hainault to Woodford ran a minute or so late and my connecting train at Woodford
for Epping and a connection for Ongar was pulling out as we arrived at Woodford. We decided
to ditch Ongar, Blake Hall and North Weald, as a 40 minute wait would not allow is to get to
Upminster by 23:15.
We did arrive at Upminster by 23:15, so we able to catch the last westbound train to connect with
the Northern Line back to Edgware. Our day was 267 stations in 18 hours. Nowhere near the record
time, but the record was not the challenge. To do as many stations as possible was the plan.
Very enjoyable, I would say and I got a strange perceptive of the Underground system as a result,
in that, it seemed much smaller than expected, due to the process of visiting virtually every
station in one day. That feeling wore off quite quickly, though.
I have noticed recently, that stop watch timing has been used to claim a result, even though the
challenge team have finished the system on the same train as the previous group, but it had
arrived at the final station a few seconds earlier than on the previous challenge. Hmmmm...???