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London Underground: Weird and wonderful facts

Simon Westlake

The Tube is a strange place and has 150 years’ worth of weird and wonderful history.

London Underground: Weird and wonderful facts

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.

  1. There are 270 stations currently operational on the Tube system.
  2. The Tube has 250 miles (408 kilometres) of track.London Underground: Weird and wonderful facts
  3. About 3.22 million users per day take the underground.
  4. Operating times are 5am to 1am the following day.
  5. The Tube features in many films from 28 Weeks Later, to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  6. 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
  7. 177, 500 people used the Tube as a place to sleep during the Blitz
  8. 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
  9. Canary Warf station equals the length of two football pitches and sees 40 million pairs of feet walk through it every year
  10. Steam-powered trains were used first on the underground. We wonder if all that smoke made seeing one another a problem?
  11. 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
  12. There are 64 lifts in the Underground system
  13. Smoking was banned on the tube in 1987
  14. The London underground employs 19, 000 staff that help you get from A to B
  15. Baker Street station has the most platforms = 10 in total
  16. The deepest elevator shaft is at Hampstead station and reaches 55.2 metres down
  17. The average speed of a Tube train is 33 kilometres per hour
  18. The famous underground sign (red circle crossed with a horizontal blue bar) is recognised around the world and first appeared in 1908.
  19. Stand on the right, walk on the left are the general rules of getting around the Tube
  20. 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

And that is the end of our list. If you want to add your facts please comment below or on our Twitter or Facebook page.

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