In 1863 London Underground took its virgin journey from Paddington to Farringdon (via Steam train), 40,000 people used this wonderful new service on its first day and it was an instant hit. Even though it is not the largest underground system (The NYC subway wins that award!) without it London would most definitely suffer terribly – even though many commuters and at times myself would most definitely disagree with such a statement deep down I believe it is true.
Today is the day that one of the worlds oldest and similarly popular subterranean methods of travel celebrates its 150th birthday. Best known for its short and snappy routes through central london and the provision of links from outer london right into the centre. The underground is a system that has enabled people to reach work, meetings with friends and lovers, special occasions with loved ones and gives some the chance to simply observe passers-by whether it be behind a paper, book, kindle or camera.
On my way to work and back I rely on this service and at times relish the interesting journeys I am opened up to. The London Underground has provided many chances for people to meet their ‘one’ just one look, a wink, a smile or even a piece of paper with a number on it. Such short journeys provide windows of opportunity sometimes the window being so short that such a wink could make your heart leap and inevitably make you feel great and rotten at the same time for not taking that chance and jumping off the train and speaking to a potential new ‘friend’.
Over the next week I am going to look into different methods of transportation from around the world. I wonder what I will find! To read about the history of the London Underground why not visit the London Transport Museum website.
Here’s to London Underground!
And one more just because it’s the colours of the underground! Rule Britannia right!!