Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy 150th

Today is the 150th anniversary of the first journey on London's Tube. If you have never travelled on The Tube, you have missed a pretty amazing piece of history and travel on a truly wondrous system. It is not the best train system in the world, nor the smartest, nor the most efficient or fastest, but I doubt any public transport system is as much loved and as much hated by so many people.


In celebration, here a couple of scans from my 2012 Underground Diary when The Tube was a mere sixty years old.

27 comments:

  1. I reckon its a love/hate relationship with our underground to.

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    1. Quite so Windsmoke, but our Loop is a meaning to an end, whereas The Tube just gets you there.

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  2. Love the tube. Love it. Incredibly easy to navigate a huge city and full of the most diverse and interesting characters in the world!

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    1. Kath, from memory in 2008, some characters could be scary but unlike in Melbourne, they kept their gobs shut.

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  3. Your comments about our tube system are so spot on. There is nowhere so crowded during rush hours and nowhere so silent as it is unthinkable that people should ever converse with one another on the tube. During last night they allowed an original steam underground train to travel on the first line to be used from Farringdon to Paddington. More people travel on the tube each day than all our other train systems put together.

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    1. Fun 60, you haven't met my mother. As she would fall helplessly into a carriage, with bags falling everywhere and profuse apologies..........ok, even Mother would not break down the British reserve on The Tube. How stern were the blokes when Kim Wilde sang Kids in America.

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  4. I did love me the tube, even though it scared me a little. It sure made getting around very easy.

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    1. Fen, bless! It kind of works doesn't it.

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  5. I lived for two years in outer London, and have been back for our winter holidays many times since. The idea of taking the car into the centre of town was silly..the Tube was our life, on a daily basis. I knew the names of every line, and every station on every line, off by heart. Only the lack of oxygen in summer was a bit of a problem *groan*.

    The posters for the Tube were terrific, right back to the late 19th century. Terrific artists were commissioned.

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    1. Hels, isn't Oxford Street so wonderful without cars lining the street. You want to get to somewhere in London? You think of The Tube first.

      As you say, the art work was terrific.

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    2. Andrew,

      I also wanted very much to appear as if I was a local, not a tourist. So knowing the Tube system very well seemed a smart way to start. However I only had to say "hello, my name is Hels" and people asked "oh, Melbourne or Sydney?".

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    3. And then, "I've got a brother out there...", out there being the furthermost point you can be from London.

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  6. How about that!
    The Tube is as old as I am.
    And I've never been on it.

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    1. Not quite River. I have a post coming up that is and isn't very relevant to you.

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  7. Sorry. I have to say it: no matter how flawed the tube might be, the gap between the tube and our own underground, in terms of access and service, is phenomenal.

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    1. FC, I can only say yes and no in reference to our underground, and mind the gap hon.

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  8. Hello Andrew:
    150 years, well, The Tube has certainly stood the test of time!We lived in London at the time of the opening of the Jubilee Line and the difference that made to the whole area of Rotherhithe was amazing.

    In Budapest, the foldalatti [Metro Line 1] was the first underground on mainland Europe. Just saying....

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    1. JayLa, you have pointed to some things I need to research. Rotherhithe? I am overdue for another look at Budapest transport. I hope you saw the Castle Hill funicualar.

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    1. Diane, I got that in already in comments. No second prize.

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  10. Yes have ridden the London tube, English reserve is hilarious, Je prefer le metro, but that could be a 'location' thing!!

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  11. La Grace, je mobilet un Tube. Tres bien. Vous preferment les visual le youth et jump le Metro barrier and observet le gendarm in pursuit?

    Five years of French lessons were not so pointless.

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    1. Haha! Andrew, votre lycée français est très bon!

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  12. I loved the Tube when I was in London - it was very easy to use. One thing that sticks in my mind is mice! I forget which station it was, but I remember seeing hundreds of mice swarming around under the tracks. I was sure they'd be squashed when the train arrived but they weren't.

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    1. Wombat, my internet world is today flooded with Tube trivia, so I can inform you that there a half a million mice residing in The Tube.

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  13. Andrew (forgive my memory, I know we have talked about it) did you watch The Tube mini series at all? I adored that show, in fact I've watched it twice ha ha ha!

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    1. I did Fen. It was great, even though I watched it on You Tube in bits, and then I found an older one, and watched that too. Just from hazy memory, the older one, before 2005 le bombe, was talking about security in The Tube.

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