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City and South London Railway / Northern Line

Categories: Transport

The world's first underground electric railway, the world's first deep tunnel railway, and the first purpose-built railway tunnel under the Thames. This became what we know as the Bank branch of the Northern Line.

Opened in 1863 the Metropolitan line was actually the world's first underground passenger railway but it was built with the cut-and-cover technique rather than by tunnelling, and the trains were powered by steam rather than clean electricity.

Londonist: Time Machine informed that 1922-4 the tunnels were widened to enable larger rolling stock. When the line was reopened on 1 December 1924 the first train was driven by 17-year old Marian Stanley, the daughter of Lord Ashfield and almost certainly the first woman ever to drive a tube train, and probably the youngest person too.

This image comes from Nick's page all about some CSLR abandoned tunnels and his visit to see them, before the Jubilee Line Extension severed them, so before 1999. 

See Londonist for a good succinct history of this line.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
City and South London Railway / Northern Line

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Borough Station

Borough Tube Station This was a station of the City and South London Railway ...

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Elephant and Castle Underground Station

Identical plaques are on both northbound and southbound platforms of the Nort...

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James Greathead statue

Note that part of the Greathead shield used in digging the tunnels at Bank St...

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This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page:
City and South London Railway / Northern Line

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James Greathead statue

Note that part of the Greathead shield used in digging the tunnels at Bank St...

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Leslie Green

Leslie Green

Architect. Born Leslie William Green in Maida Vale. In 1903 he was appointed as architect for the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL) to design stations for three underground rai...

Person, Architecture, Transport

2 memorials
Battersea Bridge

Battersea Bridge

In 1771 a ferry was replaced with a wooden toll bridge designed (badly, apparently) by Henry Holland - shown in our image. The replacement bridge was begun in 1887 and opened in 1890.

Building, Transport

1 memorial
DLR extension to Lewisham

DLR extension to Lewisham

The Docklands Light Railway was originally opened in 1987 and ran from Tower Gateway to Island Gardens and Stratford. As passenger numbers increased, the decision was taken to extend the line south...

Place, Transport

2 memorials
Kingsway tram tunnel / Strand underpass

Kingsway tram tunnel / Strand underpass

The title of Wikipedia's page "Kingsway tramway subway" has way too many 'way's, but the page is very informative. The tunnel was constructed 1906, enabled by the 'slum clearance' project in the A...

Building, Transport

1 memorial
men and women of the London Midland and Scottish Railway

men and women of the London Midland and Scottish Railway

The building in which some of these people worked is nearby. 1934 Euston House was built on what is now Eversholt Street as the headquarters of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. Designed by...

Group, Transport

1 memorial