If you were heading down into a certain tube station recently via the escalator, you might have been slightly alarmed to see this advancing back up towards you.


No, not a new type of tube train designed to deposit passengers directly in the ticket hall — although, hmmm — but a model tube train in the form of a full-sized camping tent.

Specially built by The Monster Factory, it was also in use at the Southbank Centre over the weekend as the venue for a Poems on the Underground event.

It's a tube train tent

Sadly, the graffiti, while certainly fitting for the tube train was not part of the original design, but was added over the weekend by culturally deficient vandals.

Inside, people were invited to use the straw bales for seats (another design idea for future tube trains?) and compose their own poems, or more likely when I was there, take photos of each other sitting in a tube train tent.

Write your own poem

Back to the original photo of the train in a station – hanging on one side of the tent were some photos from when they erected their tent along the disused Jubilee Line platforms at Charing Cross.

And before anyone says it, yes, I know its a Northern Line train in a Jubilee Line platform – but it’s also a tent, not a real train, so stop moaning 😉


Assembling the tube train tent

Installed on the tracks at Charing Cross.

Tube train tent in Charing Cross station

I notice the garden seats are lined with tube moquette – so they are actually quite fitting for this scene.

Tube train tent at Charing Cross

Tube train on the move – although here it reminds me strongly of Douglal from the Magic Roundabout

Looks like Dougal!

Built by the Monster Factory, who already sell a full-size camper van as a tent, their Facebook page suggests it will also be for sale at some point. I can imagine a lot of school fetes wanting them – and transport fairs finding them a convenient way of dealing with bored kids.

For tube geeks with smaller gardens, and smaller children – they do sell this smaller, and more affordable version though.

Tube Train Tent


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  1. Ian says:

    As an ex scout and enthusiastic camper, I think they could do with some lessons in tent pitching!

  2. Londona729 says:

    I LOVE this!

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