Subscribe Register Login

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 8:44 p.m.
Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal

World’s first subway marks 150 years in operation

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 9, 2013 at 7:11 a.m.

— Busy, congested, stressful. This is how the world’s first subway system was depicted by London newspapers in 1863. It’s a situation that would be familiar to nail-biting passengers of the present as the Tube turned 150 years old Wednesday.

“The constant cry, as the trains arrived, of ‘no room,’ appeared to have a very depressing effect upon those assembled,” The Guardian newspaper reported on the public opening of London’s Metropolitan Line on Jan. 10, 1863.

The first stretch of rail had opened the day before, on Jan. 9.

The line — the first part of what is now an extensive London transport network that has shaped the British capital and its suburbs — ran 120 trains each way during the day, carrying up to 40,000 excited passengers.

Extra steam locomotives and cars were called in to handle the crowds.

Architectural historian David Lawrence said the rapid expansion of the subway network — better known in London as the Tube — had a major impact on the city’s design. The Tube helped lure people away from the inner city into new areas where new housing was being built near the stations.

Comments on: World’s first subway marks 150 years in operation

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Full time sales person

    pine bluff and hot springs areas need one fulltime sales per...
    Pine Bluff, AR

  • Lpn

    Butterfield Trail Village is now accepting applications for:...
    FAYETTEVILLE, AR

  • Maintenance techs.

    maintenance technicianneeded immediately for high volume hea...
    CONWAY, AR

  • Pipewelder/fitterlab

    pipe welder/fitterlaboreropenings Available-Industrial Refri...
    RUSSELLVILLE, AR

  • Account executive sales and marketing

    account executive sales and marketing The Arkansas Democrat-...
    Little Rock, AR

Search 872 jobs >

Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal
Arkansas Online