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London Underground History – 10 Things You May Not Know About The Tube

13th February 2014

The London Underground is ingrained into the fabric of London life. Almost every citizen of our capital city relies on its service at some point, and its expansion over the decades has allowed people from the suburbs and the outskirts of London to travel into the centre – for both work and play. It’s a world icon, and an inseparable part of London’s history. In this blog post, we look at 10 things you may not know about the Tube.

In 1903 the Central London Line became the first railway in the UK to use multiple units – meaning carriages did not have to be turned round at the end of the line.

40,000 passengers used the service on the Underground’s first day of operation.

A ghost named Annie Naylor, a dead milliner, is said to haunt Farringdon Station.

Harry Beck’s Diametric Tube map first appeared in 1933.

Brompton Rd. station on the Piccadilly line was closed in 1934, but was used during the Second World War as an underground operations room for anti-aircraft control.

By the end of the war there were more than 22,000 beds installed on the tube network.

The first woman to be employed as an underground train driver was in 1978.

The deepest station on the underground network below seas level is Hampstead, at 58.5m.

There is only a 300m distance between Covent Garden and Leicester Square Station.

The shortest lift-shaft on the tube network is King’s Cross, at only 2.3m

There are thousands of interesting facts and figures to explore about the London Underground and its history. London Underground history is a popular subject for many researchers in its own right, and many books have been put together on the topic. For more information, our blog on comprehensive London websites should point you in the right direction for reading about London and its history.

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