The first trains were steam locomotives. This weekend they will run a restored Metropolitan line steamer to mark the anniversary. Apparently back in the day, the trains would stop at the station in a specific spot above which was a portal that would allow the steam to escape.
Here are a few fun facts:
• The Tube has its own Facebook page. Real history buffs will enjoy the timeline.
• There’s an award winning blog called Going Underground by Annie Mole. Check it out!
• The current typeface font that’s used for the Underground is called New Johnston. It’s named after Edward Johnston who first designed it in 1916.
• The trains initially had different classes—1st through 3rd. Most of the people rode 3rd class.
People are being encouraged to write about how the Tube has helped their life. Artists are being commissioned to create art for the Tube.
Underground posters have been around since 1908. The London Transport Museum is going to exhibit 150 of the top posters and visitors can vote for their favorite. Hmm ... I’d love to be able to vote … maybe I should plan a trip!