Rarely-seen black and white photos of the London Underground being built have been released to mark the network’s 155th birthday.
On this day in 1863, the first section of the world-famous London Underground opened to the general public after a massive engineering feat burrowing new tunnels under Victorian London.
Among the fascinating photographs released by the London Transport Museum is a picture showing an early trial trip on the London Underground as well as workers building the new line in Bayswater.
The Inner Circle line, now just the Circle line, opened in 1884 and, to mark the new century, the Central Line was opened between Shepherd’s Bush and Bank in 1900 under the name the Central London Railway.
The Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines opened in 1906 while in 1911 another Tube first was marked at Earl’s Court where the first escalators were installed.
The Northern line opened in 1924, the Victoria in 1968 after 25 years of planning and the Jubilee in 1979.
Transport for London said two of London’s oldest stations – Baker Street and Great Portland Street – will soon be among the network’s most high-tech amid plans to transform the signalling.
Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground, said: “Today marks the 155th anniversary of the Tube which continues to be an iconic symbol of London and remains as vital as it ever was in the lives of Londoners.
“The oldest section of our network will soon be the most modern, with the huge programme to modernise signalling set to transform journeys on the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan and District lines – 40 per cent of the network – in the coming years.
“We are currently investing unprecedented levels into the Underground to make journeys more reliable, increase capacity and ensure that the network can continue to deliver for London for many more years to come.”
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