London Underground - The Basics

An informative guide to the underground.


Hello! Welcome to this guide on the London Underground. This guide contains everything you need to know including the trains, secret rules and it's history. Enjoy this article and feed your brain with fun information.
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What's so special?

First of all click this link to see TfL themselves talk about their trains.

Now there are many different trains across the different lines such as the S stock which are used on the subsurface (Circle, Hammersmith & City, District & Metropolitan lines) trains. They are the first trains with air con and with walk through carriages. Another interesting thing is that the moquette seats have the 4 colours of the lines that they operate: Yellow, Pink, Green and Purple.

Here are some of the other trains.

What's In A Name : Lancaster Gate

Firstly Lancaster Gate is one of the gates into Hyde park and may have received it's name from Queen Victoria when she was the Duchess of Lancaster and secondly a street of the same name near the gate was built in 1863. The name Westbourne was considered but opened as Lancaster Gate on July 30 1900.

Who Thought of the Idea?

One of the many Charles' of the underground:

Charles Pearson, who worked as a solicitor, promoted the idea of an underground railway in 1845 which would transport people and goods across the city in glass tunnels, powered by compressed air. While his futuristic dream may be still a work in progress his idea was recognized in one way or another.
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Mind The Gap

Where did it Originate?

The phrase mind the gap, spoken by Oswald Laurence, originated on the Northern line platforms where the gap could be 30 Cm between the train and platform. It has now returned to Embankment station so that his widow could hear his voice.
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What's in a Name - Euston

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