London Underground Celebrates 150 Years

A London Underground sign is illuminated. Photograph by FlyerTalk member dukenupe.

The subway system with the oldest section of underground railway in the world celebrates 150 years of service.

The London Underground — also known as the Tube — is actually a misnomer of sorts, as less than half of the system is actually under ground. FlyerTalk members celebrate the auspicious milestone by posting a link to an article by the travel section of The Telegraph in London, which lists “150 fascinating Tube facts” — many of which are quite interesting, some fun and others rather ridiculous — including the following select tidbits of information:

  • The total length of the London Underground network is 249 miles
  • The deepest station is Hampstead on the Northern line, which runs down to 58.5 meters
  • Greater than 47 million liters of water are pumped from the Tube each day — enough to fill a standard leisure center swimming pool every 15 minutes
  • The logo of the Tube is known as “the roundel” — a red circle crossed by a horizontal blue bar
  • The total number of passengers carried last year was 1,107 million, or 1.107 billion — and if you are confused about this, FlyerTalk members explain here
  • In 1926, suicide pits were installed beneath tracks due to a rise in the numbers of passengers throwing themselves in front of trains — and the most popular tube suicide time is at approximately 11:00 in the morning
  • The Jubilee Line is the only one to connect with all the other Underground lines

Here are some other facts, commentary and experiences with the London Underground as imparted by FlyerTalk members:

Photograph by FlyerTalk member dukenupe.

  • Photography may be prohibited on some sections — especially those which are privately owned — and flash photography is reportedly not allowed at all
  • Suggestions have been pondered for a revised version of the map originally designed by Harry Beck for the London Underground
  • Find out where disused and abandoned stations are located — as well as information pertaining to them
  • Become fascinated with a real-time map of the London Underground
  • A documentary broadcast on British television called The Tube can be accessed via the Internet in some countries
  • Read about a small supper party held on the Jubilee Line — I wonder if they had Cherries Jubilee for dessert
  • FlyerTalk members discuss the temporary closure of the entire system in the summer of 2005 due to explosions — never mind the plethora of times the system was closed due to labor strikes, which comprise of many FlyerTalk discussions too numerous to list here
  • If you need assistance in understanding fares, click here — and find out whether or not you should purchase a monthly pass

If I drank alcoholic beverages, I would raise a pint of ale and cheer on the London Underground to another 150 years of success!

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