|Hyde Park Cafe is the rear of the Museum Station entrance, on the corner of Liverpool Street and Elizabeth Street. The orange hightlight building in the background is the old Mark Foys department store where my great-aunt Olive worked in the haberdashery department during the construction of the underground. This building is now a court of justice complex called The Downing Centre.|
Scattered throughout the station, along passageways, and lining staircases, there are large B&W framed photographs embedded in the wall tiling, showing the station at varying stages during the building process. For a history tragic like yours truly this is a magnet ... kerchung!! However, they were a smidge dark and same-ish so I interleaved people-doing-things shots.
Top left: 1924 The shape of the station is becoming clearer. The main entrance will be to the left of the tramway signal box in the foreground. Once the concrete cover of the complex is complete, the work will commence to return Hyde Park to its former beauty.
Top right: March 1925 The new station is ready for inspection.NSW Railway and government officials are shown inspecting the work prior to track-laying and the installation of overhead power lines.
Middle left: Nowadays I guess turnstiles are similar the world over.
Middle right; Nowadays Our stations have fairly non-descript entrances. Not like some of the grand ones in Paris like Hector Guimard's Abbesses.
Bottom left: December 1925 The test train at Museum Station two weeks before the official opening scheduled for 20 December when the first electric trains will run on the underground system from Central to St James. Dr Bradfield can be seen in the centre of the group (the short, cocky fella).
Bottom right: 1954 Peak hour at Museum 28 years after its opening. Nowadays the station is more crowded and the people more casual.
The mid-month Subway theme has contributions from the following cities:
Budapest - London - Paris - Stockholm - Sydney
and you can still catch Ming's earlier posts at New York
Next month's Subway post on Sydney Eye: St James Station