| 01. blueprint anniversary plate set | 02. fizzy fish flat tin | 03. tickets please! cushion | 04. keeping london moving poster | 05. cake tin set | 06. underground map tray |
it’s incredible to think that the world’s first underground train pulled out of paddington station 150 years ago today, to make the first passenger journey under the streets of london from paddington to farringdon.
the first transport system of its kind, london’s tube network embodies the engineering ingenuity of our victorian ancestors, and provided a template for similar schemes around the world. i may moan about london underground on a semi-daily basis (don’t get me started on the district line… grrr) but it is awe-inspiring to think that while there were 26,000 passengers a day using the railway in 1863, the network carried a record 4.4 million people in a single day during the olympics last summer – wow!
so, here’s to the first 150 years – may there be another 150 more!