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The Transport For London Time Capsule

I just love time capsules. My secondary school in Ireland buried one and I returned 25 years later to see it being dug up. Alas the exact location seemed to have been lost to history, so it was never actually found.

Thankfully the time capsule at the sparklingly new Tottenham Court Road station – a delightfully battered District Line signalling box – hasn’t been buried but is proudly on display behind glass.

In an earlier life I worked in the press office of London Underground so I couldn’t resist popping along today to see the capsule, which was entombed yesterday. I discovered that the contents include a specially made short film showing a ‘day in the life’ on the Tube in 2013, copies of the Evening Standard and Metro newspapers, a special edition 150th anniversary Oyster Card, limited-edition 150th anniversary Nike Air Max trainers, a book charting the first 150 years of London Underground’s history, bits of the present day signaling equipment and a copy of Time Out Magazine.

The Time Capsule marks the end of the 150th Anniversary of the Tube and it will be opened in 2063. I may just pop back to see it opened. At least they will know where to find this one!