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    Default The London Underground Celebrates its 150th Anniversary

    A hundred and fifty years ago on January 9, the world’s first underground railway took its first trip. The journey was exclusive (by invitation only) and relatively short — between the stations of Paddington and Farringdon, a roughly three-mile journey today covered by the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines. Since then, the city’s famous Underground has grown to include 11 lines covering 250 miles of track, serving 270 stations and carrying some 1 billion passengers every year.
    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/10/...h-anniversary/

    Edmonton's population 150 years ago? 148 people? Kinda of telling when people wonder why we dont match up to european cities.

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    I'd imagine one could find "younger" cities around the world with a more extensive system than Edmonton. It's just a matter of priorities really isn't it.
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    You need density and demand first.

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    Here's a much more informative link for those interested.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...Tube-1863.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Medwards View Post
    A hundred and fifty years ago on January 9, the world’s first underground railway took its first trip. The journey was exclusive (by invitation only) and relatively short — between the stations of Paddington and Farringdon, a roughly three-mile journey today covered by the Circle and Hammersmith & City Lines. Since then, the city’s famous Underground has grown to include 11 lines covering 250 miles of track, serving 270 stations and carrying some 1 billion passengers every year.
    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/10/...h-anniversary/

    Edmonton's population 150 years ago? 148 people? Kinda of telling when people wonder why we dont match up to european cities.
    London's population back then.. About three times Edmonton's current population.

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    Would be very interesting to go to the real old parts of the underground system and check out the old stations. Echo's in the tunnels and the history behind them. Should imagine they are riddled with rats now.
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    New York's Subway is just as interesting.. one of the first lines was built illegally in secrecy.

    Imagine building an illegal secret subway ;-P
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    ^ I already am building a secret subway. Soon Jasper Ave West will have its own LRT subway. ETS might be surprised when I break through the existing tunnel just west of corona station. I guess it no longer a secret.

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    http://www.london24.com/news/transpo...ound_1_1789254

    http://underground-history.co.uk/front.php

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    Stations highlighted in red denote Underground stations that have closed since this map was published. Stations highlighted in green denote stations that have been renamed. The original map was monochrome with the exception of lakes and the river Thames being coloured light blue.
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    If you want to er, 'dig' around on this subject, have a look at this:
    http://www.subbrit.org.uk/
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    I though that this recent article in the "Economist" was kind of interesting in relation to the anniversary. Lots of construction and planning going on worldwide in the subway business.

    http://www.economist.com/news/busine...ng-underground

    After a recent trip to Hong Kong and Taipei , I was very impressed with the systems there , super clean and efficient . They are obviously part of the new generation systems which have learned from the pioneer systems like London and New York.

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    Some interesting facts and figures about The Tube

    http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/3...150th-birthday

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