Like millions of other people, I have a soft spot for the London Underground (aka the “Tube”). Yesterday I watched a very interesting History Channel documentary on the development of the railway over the last 150 years.Tube DVD

Wiki has an extensive entry here that is well worth a read.

I came across these old photos. I believe this picture is of one of the locomotives made in America by GEC. In the documentary, it said that one of these fell into the the Thames when it was being unloaded and had to be fished out. I had no idea that American technology and individual American businessmen had made such a big contribution to the development of the the Tube. The CLR on the side refers to what we know today as the Central Line.

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A small army of workers still clean and maintain the Underground during the night when no trains are running.

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