London Transport’s (glamourised and slightly surreal) vision of travel on the Central underground line in the early 1960’s
This publicity photograph shows a view down the interior of a ‘lightly loaded’ Central line 1959-tube stock driving motor car. Longitudinal seating with fixed armrests can be seen in the foreground, whereas the next bay beyond the doors contains transverse seats. A London Transport recruitment poster for bus staff is pasted onto the glass screen by the doors on the left; the young woman standing by the doors on the right is presumably about to get off at the next station.
The journey of the first tube train took place on 9 January 1863, which means that in 2013, the Tube celebrates its 150th birthday.
The “Tube” became a proper name for the first time in the early 1900s, after the Central London Railway (now the Central Line) was nicknamed the “Twopenny Tube” by the Daily Mail newspaper, five days after it opened.
The first-ever day of public service was enjoyed by 40,000 passengers. During 2011/12, London Underground carried a record number of passengers, with 1.171 billion journeys made.
The longest journey you can take without a change is 59.4km from West Ruislip to Epping on the Central line.
A single cash journey in Zone 1 now costs £4.50. Paying a full cash fare between Covent Garden and Leicester Square (0.16 miles) works out at over £28-a-mile.
Photographed by H K Nolan, 20 June 1961
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