92. The smell of a carriage

Right, let’s try and settle this for good. Or at least arrive at some kind of mushy consensus.

Here are my suggestions:

Nice-smelling carriages

Piccadilly line
An airing cupboard full of freshly-laundered towels.

Jubilee line
A reading room in a provincial library, lined with photocopiers and computers.

Victoria line
An all-night pharmacy.

Metropolitan line
The future.

Not-so-nice-smelling carriages

Bakerloo line
Damp coats left on radiators.

Central line
An examination hall full of adolescents.

District line
A defrosted freezer cabinet.

Circle line
A defrosted freezer cabinet in high summer.

Ambivalent-smelling carriages

Waterloo and City line
Ablutions and excretions.

Northern line
Free newspapers.

Hammersmith and City line

  1. Having climbed aboard one of the new Hammersmith & City line trains this morning, the straight-out-of-the-depot smell is definitely “Weed smoker, just departed”.

    • Andrew Ambler said:

      That does seem to be the defining smell of the new S Stock trains. The ones on the Metropolitan Line often smell strongly of weed, and on my first journey by S Stock on the Hammersmith and City a few days ago it was exactly the same. I guess it’s because they’re one big long sealed tube, so the smell has nowhere to go except around the air con. If some cheeky little n’er do well has a late night toke on any other line the smell quickly goes out the window.

  2. Ian said:

    Sometimes the Central line is more like a hot oven full of baking trays.

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