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Untangling the Tracks

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How do you untangle the tracks approaching one of the busiest stations in the UK?

How can you keep millions of passengers moving while undertaking a huge project to transform an ageing railway and its stations - and make sure they're kept up to date?

Visit our latest exhibition Untangling the Tracks to discover how the Thameslink Programme tackled the challenges of communicating major infrastructure projects to large audiences in creative ways.

Visit the exhibition and...

  • Explore how historic London Transport posters and their modern Thameslink equivalents help to communicate important updates to passengers
  • Solve a signalling puzzle to divert trains into the right platforms, a challenge inspired by the engineering behind the new Bermondsey dive-under
  • See miniature models of new central London stations including Blackfriars - the only station to span the Thames
  • Experiment with a class 700 train model - can you spread out the passengers evenly?
  • Take part in our family activities: STEM-inspired workshops and story time sessions about the amazing landmarks on the Thameslink route including St Pauls Cathedral and the River Thames

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Before your visit...

What Thameslink Station are you?

Inspired by some of the stations highlighted in our Untangling the Tracks exhibition, you can now find out what Thameslink station you're most like! Take our personality quiz below and share your results with us using the hashtag #UntanglingTheTracks.


Test your Thameslink knowledge

How much do you know about Thameslink? Play our quiz below and see how much you know about the history of the route and the upgrade programme itself - and don't forget to share your results with us using the hashtag #UntanglingTheTracks.

For kids (or big kids): printable word games

Download and print our puzzle pack: a Thameslink-themed wordsearch and crossword perfect to keep kids entertained on your journey to the Museum!

What is Thameslink?

The origins of the Thameslink route can be traced back to the London, Chatham and Dover Railway and their extension over the river Thames in 1866. The LC&DR was the only railway line to reach into the heart of London – all other lines terminated at the edge of the city.

Today the Thameslink route links destinations from the south coast through London to the east of England. The Thameslink Programme was a government funded modernisation programme involving Network Rail, train operators Govia Thameslink Railway and Southeastern, and train builders Siemens.

It ensured millions of passengers could continue to travel through London Bridge and other stations, while undertaking a huge infrastructure project to transform and modernise an aging railway and its stations. New trains now run on ‘untangled tracks’ into a completely re-built London Bridge station.

Untangling the Tracks traces the history of the Thameslink route from 1866 through to the recent £7bn modernisation programme. It looks at the complexity of upgrading the UK’s railway network – the oldest in the world – and the impact on passengers.

Is short-term disruption worth long-term improvement? Have your say by visiting the Museum!

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