We just passed Muni’s Centennial Day, something we think is important for America’s first publicly owned big city transit system. But the London Underground has us beat for longevity by a half-century. The venerable “Tube” is celebrating its sesquicentennial today.
It all started with a steam train in 1863, belching fumes in tunnels under central London. The lithograph above shows the Baker Street station when new. Many features at platform level are still visible today.
London’s transport history comes to life at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, one of the world’s great transport museum. They’ve got a full array of wonderful events this year tied to the 150th, including the return of steam to the Underground.
Sounds like a great year to visit London (but hey, don’t forget us!).