London Underground: Weird and wonderful facts
The Tube is a strange place and has 150 years’ worth of weird and wonderful history.
Mind the gap... famous sayings from around the tube, can you think of any? Photo:ell brown (Flickr)
IN the build up to the London Underground’s 150 year anniversary GB Mag has dug out 20 weird and wonderful facts you didn’t know about the Tube.
- There are 270 stations currently operational on the Tube system.
- The Tube has 250 miles (408 kilometres) of track.
- About 3.22 million users per day take the underground.
- Operating times are 5am to 1am the following day.
- The Tube features in many films from 28 Weeks Later, to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
- The Tube travels 43,000,000 miles every 12 months. That's the equivalent distance of 1,735 times around the world or 90 trips to the moon and back. WOW
- 177, 500 people used the Tube as a place to sleep during the Blitz
- The TARDIS, (the famous police box that Dr Who travels back in time in) can be found outside Earl’s Court station, if you look hard enough
- Canary Warf station equals the length of two football pitches and sees 40 million pairs of feet walk through it every year
- Steam-powered trains were used first on the underground. We wonder if all that smoke made seeing one another a problem?
- Go see the World Clock at Piccadilly Circus, which is a mechanical clock that shows what time it is at any point in the world
- There are 64 lifts in the Underground system
- Smoking was banned on the tube in 1987
- The London underground employs 19, 000 staff that help you get from A to B
- Baker Street station has the most platforms = 10 in total
- The deepest elevator shaft is at Hampstead station and reaches 55.2 metres down
- The average speed of a Tube train is 33 kilometres per hour
- The famous underground sign (red circle crossed with a horizontal blue bar) is recognised around the world and first appeared in 1908.
- Stand on the right, walk on the left are the general rules of getting around the Tube
- The longest escalator is at Angel. It is 60 metres long, that is 197 feet, with a vertical rise of 27.5 metres or 90 feet