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24th May 1862: First journey on the London Underground: “One of several pre-opening trial trips on the Metropolitan Railway, at Edgware Road. The then Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon William Gladstone and his wife, and John Fowler the engineer are among the invited party aboard Smith & Knight’s open wagons. This was a special trial trip in a contractor’s train on the first section of the Metropolitan Railway” - London Transport Museum

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Thoroughly otherworldly, the orb shivers and cowers in the corner like a specimen from space. NASA, it should be noted, sent plants on early space missions and began experimenting with aeroponics in the late 1990s. One can imagine the possibility of future cosmic plantations, a vision clearly encouraged by Saraceno’s installation.- Based on a text by Erin Rouse -

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Images from history: Rarely seen photographs bring 1800s London back to life

There's a million fascinating facts and figures about the London Underground, but this rarely seen photograph reminds us just what an engineering feat the construction process was. Here we see the creation of the Central Line in 1898.

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District line construction outside Somerset House in 1869. The Embankment was opened on July 13 1870; the railway to Blackfriars completed on May 30 1870

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Class 37s Nos L to R No.37118 No.37191 No.37113 No.37188 in line at Grangemouth Depot with the nose of Class 26 No. 26039 on the eve of 25th June 1988. (Ian Williams)

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