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Underground: Steam Train Marks 150 Years Of Tube
Passengers on the London Underground had the chance to see a rare sight when a steam train made its way along the Metropolitan line.
The old-fashioned train carried lucky passengers as part of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Tube, which opened on January 8, 1863.
London Mayor Boris Johnson was among those lucky enough to have a ticket for the special journey.
"It's a beautiful, beautiful way of getting around. It's inspired imitators around the planet and there is no other system as good as London Underground," Mr Johnson said.
The Metropolitan Railway was the world's first underground rail network, and stretched less than four miles between Paddington and Farringdon.
On its opening day, 40,000 commuters jumped on board the steam powered locomotives.
Since then, the Tube has become more than just a way of getting from A to B.
Its long history, and the vital role it continues to play in Londoners' lives, means the Tube is now as famous as the city it serves.
During its 150 years, the Underground has matured alongside the people of London, witnessing and sharing the trials and tribulations of its passengers.
During the Blitz, almost 200,000 people regularly used its tunnels to shelter from the aerial bombardment.
A series of events has been planned for 2013 to commemorate the Tube's birthday.
As well as heritage rail trips, the Royal Mail will be issuing a set of stamps to celebrate the history of the Underground, and the Royal Mint will be commissioning two new two-pound coins.
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Boris johnson LUCKY ENOUGH to have a ticket,more like FIRST ONE to have a FREEBIE TICKET whilst everbody else pays. You can kid some of the people some of the time,but you can't kid all of the people all of the time.
Ah yes, I remember those days and all the smoke and steam in the (by then) filthy tunnels. I also remember the London Underground in it's hay days in the 1950 -70's when it was reasonably priced and most services ran as advertised. It was so quick and efficient it was the best way to travel around London. I got to know all the lines so well that when I was stopped and asked for advice by "lost" fellow passengers, a queue of more enquirers (having overheard my advising the original enquirer) would form patiently awaiting their turn to ask for directions! and I had nothing to do with its running!