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    Posted January 9, 2013 by
    timmccready
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    Your memorable Tube journeys

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    Mission to visit every London Underground station

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     New Zealander timmccready came up with an innovative way to honor the Tube experience -- a visit to every single station on the London Underground. "I completed this project because when I arrived in London I asked several Londoners if they had been to every single station. None of them had," he said. "I thought it would be a fun challenge to do -- and wanted to evidence it by getting a photo taken at each individual stop." He has found the underground a fantastic way to make a sprawling city more accessible. "I think the London Underground is brilliant at making the city smaller," he said. Check out the time lapse video of his whole adventure.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    When I arrived to live in London from New Zealand, I asked several of my London-born friends if they had visited every station on the London Underground. Once they finished laughing at me, they told me they hadn’t, and that it was a ridiculous idea. This only made me more determined to do it.

    The traditional world record is to pass by every station on the train without getting off, but I decided it would be far more interesting to get a photo taken on the platform of each station. This meant that I had to get out at each stop, take a picture, and wait for the next train. This took a minimum of two minutes, and in some cases up to 40 minutes. My idea of making a stop motion animation of my movements once the photos were placed in alphabetical order also meant that I had to carry a fairly sophisticated spreadsheet with me – to tell me where I should be standing and what I needed to be wearing, holding, and doing at each station. Altogether it took about 50 hours to complete, spread over seven (non-consecutive!) days.

    The video of my photos can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH9a-yJm71c
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