Piccadilly Line trains: a journey from 1891 to 2025 [Rail Engineer]

Date: 25/06/2021

London^s first tube railway was the 1891 City & South London line. Trains were hauled by electric locomotives, some of which were built by Siemens Brothers. The tunnels were even smaller than todays, circa 4m in diameter. The Tube has expanded significantly and now requires more than 540 trains to maintain the service.

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Exterior of Clapham North station, LUL Northern Line, on 13th April 2013. It was opened by the City & South London Railway on 3rd June 1900 as Clapham Road and was renamed Clapham North on 13th September 1926 when the line was extended from Clapham Common to its ultimate southern terminus at Morden. The line then became known as the Morden-Edgware Line until renamed Northern Line in 1937, notwithstanding that it has this lengthy section in south London! This station is one of only two surviving with a narrow island platform in a single tunnel, the other being Clapham Common, one stop south. The others, also on the Northern Line, at Euston (Bank branch) disappeared during the construction of the Victoria Line in the 1960s while that at Angel was completely rebuilt in 1992 which saw the replacement of the lifts with escalators and the closure of the original 1901 entrance on City Road, replaced by a modern and much more spacious ticket hall on Islington High Street.
Location: Clapham North
Company: City and South London Railway
13/04/2013 David Bosher
Original sign at the entrance to Clapham Common station, Northern Line, on 20th May 2013. This opened in 1900 with the first extension of the City & South London Railway, the world's first deep-level tube line that had opened between King William Street and Stockwell in 1890. Not until 1926 was the line further extended south to Morden. The line then became known as the Morden-Edgware Line until 1937 when the LPTB renamed it the Northern Line, notwithstanding that a lengthy section of the line is in SOUTH London, as here at Clapham Common. One of London Transport's little jokes that has persisted to the present day.
Location: Clapham Common
Company: City and South London Railway
20/05/2013 David Bosher

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