Have you ever shoe-horned yourself onto the 8.19am Denmark Hill to Blackfriars train? It’s not pretty. If you haven’t, and yet you live in this great megalopolis, then you’ve more than likely embedded your limbs into some other unwitting passenger’s soft, memory-foam-like body, on one of the city’s other overcrowded train or tube routes.
It is 150 years since the Metropolitan line, the first of the underground railways, was opened in 1863. Now, London Transport Museum and Art on the Underground celebrate the Tube’s history with a number of exciting events
In the midst of fare rises in public transport, station closures, delays and the general rush-hour sardine packing, it is easy to forget how truly brilliant the Tube is. Opened on 9 January 1863, with passengers allowed in the day after, it is today the Underground’s 150th birthday.
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