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With little under two weeks until the Elizabeth line finally opens, Crossrail fever appears to have set in.
Decommissioned Elizabeth line diagram
The first train is set to run on the Elizabeth line’s central section at 6.30am on 24 May. It will mark the opening of the £18bn Crossrail project after years of setbacks, cost overruns and delays.
Signs that the line was fast approaching have been spotted across the network in recent weeks with wayfinding signs being unveiled across the Capital, and purple stickers added to London’s railway maps.
Rail and engineering fanatics alike will, of course, be keen to snatch up any memorabilia that they can get their hands on… but it might cost a fair penny with big ticket items on sale at London’s Transport Museum priced in the thousands.
A decommissioned Elizabeth line diagram is the most expensive piece of ‘Lizzie line’ memorabilia up for grabs and is priced at £3,500.
Described as a “large vitreous enamel line diagram”, the signage was originally created for use at Liverpool Street station, but was never installed due to “some small imperfections on the edges” of the panel. However, as shown in images, it is in near perfect condition.
Elizabeth line wayfinder sign
A “pristine condition” Elizabeth line wayfinder sign is also up for sale for as much as £1,750. It is described as “in near perfect condition” and was again created for use at Liverpool Street station before being decommissioned. The sign indicates Elizabeth line, Central line, Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan and Circle lines.
Station signs marked “TfL Rail” are also up for grabs, having now been replaced with Elizabeth line branded signs. Costing between £200 and £350, TfL Rail branded signs for Harold Wood, Gidea Park and Ilford are up for grabs – all three stations are on the eastern leg of the Elizabeth line.
If your wallet doesn’t allow for such high ticket items, the museum is also selling a host of Elizabeth line themed goods from wallets to deck chairs.
All proceeds for to the London Transport Museum which is self funded. For more information see: https://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/vintage-shop
This article first appeared on www.newcivilengineer.com
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