The London Underground

The London Underground is a structure sure to interest any Steampunk with even the slightest inkling for Victorian tech. It was created in 1863 and at the time consisted of what are now the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. It’s expanded considerably since then, and is today one of the world’s most expansive metro systems in the world in terms of route miles, after the Shanghai Metro.

Here’s the map as of April 2011 of the underground. It’s a massive and impressive system, and it  really does make having a car in London essentially superfluous. I can’t believe how much it has expanded in just the few years since I was there last.

As is to be expected with a network so old, it has a lot of interesting history. So today, I’m presenting you a documentary on the Underground which many of you are likely to enjoy. Especially if you’re a history geek like me. Here’s part one, and you can find the other parts on youtube as well:

It also almost goes without saying that parts of a network so old has become disused and abandoned as the city changed above it. So, as an added bonus for today’s post, here’s little clip about people who go into the underground exploring its unseen beauty and mystery.