Photos and Videos: Eye Candy Celebrating the London's Underground's 150 Anniversary

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - 04:01 PM

On January 9, 2013, the world's first underground journey took place in London.

A lithograph of Baker Street Station on Metropolitan Railway (Image courtesy of London Transport Museum)

According to the London Transport Museum:

The original Underground line was built and financed by the Metropolitan Railway, a private company which had been formed in 1854 to undertake the project to link the mainline stations at Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross with the City centre business district to the east.

Travelling on the new railway was a novelty that thousands of Londoners were eager to experience and on the first day of public service – long queues formed at every station. The line was a huge success with 26,000 passengers using the railway each day in the first six months.

A view of the platform at the Victoria station (Image courtesy of London Transport Museum)


In 1969, Queen Elizabeth opened a section of the Victoria Line and actually took the controls. According to press reports, it was her second time riding the Tube.

(Image courtesy of London Transport Museum)


But she didn't just ride. The queen apparently also took the controls.


Carriage 353 was a  four-wheeled first class carriage built in 1892.  Amazingly, it had been "relegated to use as a garden shed." Check out a video of its history -- and restoration process -- below.

Metropolitan Carriage 353, pausing between test runs at Quorn Station (image courtesy of London Transport Museum)


Here's what the interior of a 1938 car looked like:

 (Image courtesy of London's Transport Museum)



To celebrate the 150th anniversary, Google UK blessed its site with an Underground-themed Doodle.

Google Doodle


Today, Transport for London estimates around 3.5 million journeys are made on the network each day, across 11 lines serving 270 stations.



Comments [2]

Vincent Sheehan

I am singer/songwriter who lives in Enfield, north London. I too am fascinated with the London Underground.

Last summer, I started to set the Victoria Line on the London Underground to music. Although people have often written songs about Tube stations - I don't think anybody has written an album for a complete line. Coincidentally, it is also the Tube's 150th anniversary (I didn't realise this when I started the project last summer, believe it or not).

The station name, locality, architecture, any people associated with area - as well as personal connections, are used as starting points for the songs. The songs are loosely pop/rock, although stylistically they are quite varied and quirky. As a classically trained violinist, there are alot of classical references in there too.

Almost half the line is completed (Walthamstow - Kings Cross), and all songs will be recorded by July/August 2013. I play all the instruments as well as sing on the tracks.

Please have a listen to the stations completed so far on:
All songs can be downloaded for free.

Please have a listen and hopefully it is of some interest to you.

Thanks for your time,


Feb. 02 2013 08:10 PM
Robert Wright

There is, of course, a reason why the Queen was able to take control of that Victoria Line train 40-odd years ago. It was the first automated metro line in the world. She just had to push a couple of buttons and the train drove itself to the next station.

Jan. 09 2013 04:33 PM

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