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Celebrating the Tube's 150th

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The Tube began celebrating its 150th birthday in January. It's rather surprising to think it's been around 150 years.

On January 9th 1863 the world’s first underground train pulled out of Paddington Station to make the first passenger journey - 3½-miles under the streets of London from Paddington to Farringdon and into the record books.

The original Underground line was built and financed by the Metropolitan Railway, a private company, . The company had been formed in 1854 to undertake the project to link the mainline stations at Paddington, Euston, and King’s Cross with the City centre business district to the east.

In those days the government didn't try to do everything.

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Since 1908, stunning posters have been part of the Tube scene. London Transport Museum showcases 150 of them at Poster Art 150.

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