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London absolutely needs its own version of Chicago’s magical Holiday Train

Posted at 4:00 pm, December 18, 2014 in Design, Fun London, Transport
Chicago Holiday Train - CTA

[Photo: CTA]

Chicago! Not just a musical, but actually a city. And not just a city, but a city at the bleeding edge of festive innovation.

The thing is, every Christmas they select one lucky metro train, which operates on the network as normal, to be THE HOLIDAY TRAIN. Let’s see how Christmassy it is:

Chicago Holiday Train - David Wilson

[Photo: David Wilson]

CTA Train Boqiang Liao

[Photo: Boqiang Liao]

Chicago Holiday Train - David Wilson 2

[Photo: David Wilson]

Chicago Christmas Train

[Photo: Joshin Yamada]

Chicago Holiday Train - CTA 2

[Photo: CTA]

Pretty Christmassy, sure! But that’s not all, my friends. Who’s that in the middle of the Holiday Train? Could it be…

Holiday Train CTA Chicago

[Photo: CTA]

Oh my god.

CTA web

[Photo: CTA]


David Wilson Chicago Christmas Train

[Photo: CTA]

On a sleigh!

CTA Holiday Train (CTA PHOTO)

[Photo: CTA]

With reindeer!

CTA Train

[Photo: CTA]

Seriously, how good is this?

Holiday Train, Chicago, David Wilson

[Photo: David Wilson]

So good.

Marco Sanchez

[Photo: Marco Sanchez]

Reflect on to what extent your commute might be enhanced by the prospect of FATHER CHRISTMAS emerging from the tunnel at Bank, rather than your conventionally non-festive Central line rolling stock. The correct answer is: so enhanced, you cry magical Yuletide tears, and everything you touch turns to mulled wine and mince pies.

TfL, our plea is simple: call up your brothers at the Chicago Transit Authority, ask for some decoration advice, and Bring The Holiday Train To London pronto. Crossrail is nice and all, but this is the Christmas present Londoners really deserve.

Previous modest proposals:

It’s high time London had its own enormous slip’n’slide
✚ Of course the Shard should be decorated like a giant Christmas tree
17 things that would improve the design of the tube

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