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Geoff Marshall is a presenter and Video Editor of the Londonist and a Tour Guide at the London Transport Museum. He also runs his own popular YouTube channel to go alongside the Londonist one, which is predominately transport themed.
He has twice held the World Record for the fastest time to travel to all 270 London Underground stations. The most recent one was in 16 hours, 20 minutes and 27 seconds, set on Friday August 16th 2013.. However, this was beaten by Clive Burgess and Ronan McDonald with a time of 16 hours, 14 minutes and 10 seconds on the 21st of February, 2015.
His first record time to visit then 275 stations was achieved with Neil Blake in 18 hours 35 minutes and 43 seconds on the 4th of May 2004, on his fourth attempt This beat the previous world record of 19 hours, 18 minutes and 45 seconds that was achieved by Jack Welsby on the 3rd of April, 2002. A previous attempt to beat this record was televised on ITV's The Tube. This record was later beaten by Håkan Wolgé and Lars Andersson with a time of 18 hours, 25 minutes and 3 seconds, on 26th of September, 2006.
The Tube (2003) Episode 2 of Season 1 "24 hours" - This episode shows his failed attempt to beat Jack Welsby's Tube Challenge world record, followed by Metroland: Race Around The Underground (ITV) a few months later - an attempt from 2003 where he would have broken the record had the Richmond Branch of the District Line not suffered a signal failure.
He also appeared on Sky 1's The Fanatics, where he was a point away from reaching the final by answering questions about The Tube.
Marshall is a frequent contributor, presenter, and video editor for Londonist Ltd, an online London themed and based media outlet. Starting in 2004, it quickly joined the Gothamist network, but in 2010, was moved to the London based LDN Creative. Marshall's involvement with the site began in October of 2012 with his first by-line "Someone Collapses On Your Train: What Do You Do?" From there, he went on to work on more pieces for the site, including a series on the secrets of London's Underground, Overground, DLR and canals.
Secrets of the Underground
Secrets of the Underground is a DVD/Youtube series, with over six million combined views, presented by Marshall that talks about little-known facts of the London Underground. The series was made for Londonist and talks about all of the London Underground and London Overground, Including the DLR and Trams.
This is a list of all the current episodes:
|Name||Date first shown
|1||"Secrets of the Victoria Line"||18 March 2013|
|2||"Secrets of the Northern Line"||16 April 2013|
|3||"Secrets of the District Line"||24 May 2013|
|4||"Secrets of the Central Line"||3 July 2013|
|5||"Secrets of the Bakerloo Line"||2 August 2013|
|6||"Secrets of the Jubilee Line"||30 October 2013|
|7||"Secrets of the Hammersmith and City Line"||23 December 2013|
|8||"Secrets of the Piccadilly Line"||17 February 2014|
|9||"Visiting Down Street Abandoned Station"||14 May 2014|
|10||"Secrets of the Circle Line"||6 June 2014|
|11||"Secrets of the Metropolitan Line"||13 June 2014|
|12||"Secrets of the Waterloo and City Line"||16 June 2014|
|13||"Secrets of the DLR"||12 August 2014|
|14||"Secrets of the Overground" (Pt.1)||1 May 2015|
|15||"Secrets of the Overground" (Pt.2)||21 May 2015|
|16||"Bonus Secrets of the Underground"||1 October 2015|
|17||"Secrets of the Trams"||4 March 2016|
|18||" More Secrets of the Underground"||4 November 2016|
|19||"Abandoned Tube Stations" (Pt.1)||23 December 2016|
|20||"Abandoned Tube Stations" (Pt.2)||30 December 2016|
Marshall has organised multiple events called Walk The Tube to raise money for various charities. It has since become an annual gathering with videos posted every year on his youtube channel and around 100 people applying each year, with only twenty taking part.Over £10,000 raised every year is the norm, but it is unlikely there will be one in 2017, due to All the Stations (see below).
In 2005 he organised Tube Relief, where around 50 people took to the Tube to raise money for the 7/7 bombings. The slogan 'Not Afraid' was used during the event which raised about £11,000 for London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund.
He is also part of a team that develops Station Master and Tram Master, both of which are all you need to know guides to London Transport. There are 3D maps of all stations and Top-Tips, amongst other things. Other apps include:
- Travel Updates for Apple Watch
- A Self-Guided Tour of London's Abandoned Stations
- A "Code-Breaker" for ticket barrier codes in London
Station master is available on iOS and costs £3.99. It is not available on Android as of yet.
Tram master is also available on iOS and costs £1.99. It is also not available on Android yet.
All the Stations
Main Article: All The Stations
"All the Stations" is a project organised by Marshall and his partner, Vicki Pipe, to visit all of the 2,563 UK railway stations in May – August 2017. The aim is to make an online video documentary - posting daily updates on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Which has since been completed.
The rules of the project are as follows:
- All stations that are listed on the Office of Rail and Road's list of stations in the UK will be visited.
- Fast services that don't stop at certain stations do not count, stations will need to be stopped at to be counted.
- Abandoned stations are not counted.
- Northern island stations will not be visited.
- They will not have to get off the train at every station, doing this will make the project take 10 or more months to complete. However interesting stations will be explored.
- Request stops are counted as: If the train can stop there, they will be counted.
- The project is not a race, it's a challenge to visit the stations only.
- "London Tube Station Visiting Record Broken". BBC News. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "New world record for Tube Challenges". Londonist. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
- "For the record, world was enthusiats's Oyster card". Brighton Argus. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- "Every Tube station in 18 hours". Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
- "New record set on the tube". Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 5 March 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2002.
- "Guinness Book of Records. Guinness World Records. 2008. p. 198."
- Geoff Marshall (4 February 2017). "Race Around The Underground (Part 1)" – via YouTube.
- Geoff Marshall (5 February 2017). "Race Around The Underground (Part 2)" – via YouTube.
- "Londonist And @LDN Join Forces". Londonist. Londonist Ltd. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "About Us". londonist. Londonist Ltd.
- Marshal, Geoff. "Someone On Your Train Collapses: What Do You Do?". Londonist. Londonist Ltd. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "Secrets of the Underground - YouTube".
- "Secrets of the Underground DVD". Londonist.
- Londonist Ltd (31 March 2015). "Secrets of the Cable Car" – via YouTube.
- Londonist Ltd (31 March 2016). "Secrets of Penge" – via YouTube.
- Marshall, Geoff. "Tube 26".
- Geoff Marshall (24 June 2014). "Walk The Tube 2014" – via YouTube.
- Geoff Marshall and, Matthew Frost. "Station Master App".
- "Station Master - London Underground Information on the App Store". Frost Marshall LLP.
- "Tram Master - 3D Maps of London's Tram Stops by Station Master on the App Store". Frost Marshall LLP.
- "All The Stations".
- "All The Stations".
- "All The Stations".
- "Estimates of station usage - Office of Rail and Road".
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