You Can Buy Old Signs From the London Underground, But They're Not Cheap

By Tom Pritchard on at

If you've ever walked into a Tube Station and felt inspired or at home with the choice of decor, and wished you could have some of it back in your own, do we have some good news for you. As it turns out a bunch of old signs and bits that have been pulled from Tube trains and stations are being sold to the public via the London Transport Museum. Plus, because these are being sold by a reputable body, you know you're not being fleeced by a dodgy eBay seller who fashioned  bunch of replicas.

You can check out the entire range over at the museum's official online shop, but there isn't a huge amount of choice. What's there isn't exactly cheap either, with a £10 button pulled from a Jubilee line train the only item priced less than £200. The priciest piece of the collection, however, is a sign from Moorgate station that has a whopping £1,000 pricetag. If you want one of the Underground iconic roundels to call your own (from Whitechapel station in this case), be prepared to pay £700.

From the looks of things absolutely no work has been done to try and restore the signs, with each listing seemingly selling them off in whatever condition they were in when TfL staff ripped them from the wall. That said, the quality has been graded, and any damage clearly mentioned in the description, so you know what you're getting. The price of each piece is designed to be reflective of the condition as well.

To emphasis how little has been done to each part, the Jubilee train door button points out that it hasn't even been cleaned, so that's worth bearing in mind if you want to stick one on your wall.

Delivery is free, if you opt for the standard 3-5 day waiting period, or you can choose to pay a bit more and have it arrive the next working day. Money earned from the sale of the signs will also go towards helping the London Transport Museum's charitable work, and the products on sale will change as the Museum gets its hands on other decommissioned stuff. Naturally they don't get pulled out of use very often, so stock is limited. If you desperately want one of the expensive signs you shouldn't sit around thinking about it too much - lest someone beat you to it. [Standard]