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22 Vintage Photos Of People Riding The Tube

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Since 1863, the London Underground - more commonly known as the Tube - has shuttled millions of passengers all over the sprawling city. It began with one simply railway, and expanded over the decades to become one of the busiest metros in the world. But as these old photos of the London Tube prove, technology may have changed, but commutes remain the same.

Vintage photographs of the London Underground provide a fascinating window into the past. Through them, you'll see what the very first trains in the system looked like. You'll glimpse how the subterranean network doubled as a shelter during World War II, where citizens huddled to chat, listen to music, and wait out air raids from enemy forces. And you'll get a peek at some of the Tube's famous commuters - like the Queen herself.

These old snapshots of London's trains celebrate the rich history and enduring legacy of the seemingly humble realm of public transportation.

  • 1. The Queen Takes The Tube, 1969

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  • 2. Edgeware Road Station, 1863

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  • 3. Reading Lady Chatterley's Lover, 1960

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  • 4. Hiding From Air Raids In Bounds Green, 1940

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