Happy 150th Birthday to the London Underground! The first journey taken on the Tube was on the 9th January 1963 on the Metropolitan Line, a distance of 3.5 miles between Paddington and Farringdon stations on a steam train!
To mark this event, the Royal Mail has released a London Underground stamp set featuring lithographs, illustrations and photographs of the development of the transport network from 1863 to the present day and the Royal Mint have issued a commemorative £2 coin bearing the “roundel” logo which first appeared on Underground station platforms in 1908 and featuring an edge inscription heralding the famous advice: MIND THE GAP.
Three little factoids (my new favourite word) for you are:
The nickname “the Tube” comes from the circular tube-like tunnels through which the trains travel.
The busiest station is Waterloo with 82 million passengers a year, and
- It is the 3rd largest metro system in the world after the Beijing Subway and the Shanghai Metro.
That said, whilst I appreciate that the Underground is a very good way to get around, avoiding traffic jams, road closures etc., it is actually my least favourite mode of transport – if God had wanted us to travel underground, he would have made us all moles!
Posted on January 9, 2013, in Travel and tagged Beijing Subway, coin, congestion, factoid, Farringdon, God, illustration, lithograph, London, London Underground, Metropolitan Line, Mind the Gap, mole, network, Paddington, photograph, roundel, Royal Mail, Royal Mint, Shanghai Metro, steam train, traffic jam, transport, tube, Waterloo. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.