The London Underground is one of the most impressive human feats of engineering in the world. First opened in 1863 as a three mile stretch of track from Paddington to Farringdon – and the world’s first underground rail network – The Tube now sprawls over 400km of track and 270 stations. Officially also the oldest underground rail network in the world, there have been a number of developments during its years of operation, some of them are pretty whacky! Here are just a few.
In 1900, Jesse Reno – the inventor of the first working escalator – moved to London with the idea of further developing his engineering skills. Fuelled by a desire to continue progressing with his creation, he saw the London Underground as an area ripe for his innovation to prosper. At this time, the London underground still didn’t have any working escalators, so his idea of a spiral escalator was wildly ambitious. Eventually, the escalator was built at Holloway Road station but it was shortly decommissioned due to safety concerns. The invention was completely forgotten about until it was discovered again in a lift shaft during the late 80s.
Acting as one of the main stations for the City of London on the Circle Line, Aldgate station seems relatively unassuming on the surface, but it’s covering something disturbing. Underneath the station, over 1,000 bodies are buried in a mass grave. The location on which the station was built was originally the site of a plague pit during the deadly epidemic that decimated the city’s population during the 17th century.
From the humble beginnings of just 3km, the network of tube tunnels now extends to 249 miles which is around the same distance from London to Leeds! This astonishing network has become the lifeblood of London’s social, cultural and commercial existence.
Escalators are a great addition to any office and can greatly improve those crucial first impressions of your business by exhibiting an immediate sense of professionalism. At Euro Lifts, we have years worth of experience installing and repairing escalators for business.
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